During the last weekend in August, a group of 20 individuals set out to embark on ajourney to climb the three highest mountains, Ben Nevis, Snowdon, and Scafell Pike, located in the United Kingdom to help raise money in support of Diabetes UK. Damian Clavin, who has had diabetes now for 21 years wanted to give something back for all the work that Diabetes UK does, and he shared his story with us. A fun idea and a great way to raise money for such a worthy cause turned into a 3 day long journey of epic standards that these individuals will never forget.
On August 30, 2012 they set out on a bus to start their grand weekend adventure, and chose to start with Ben Nevis on Friday in the early morning around 8 am. Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the United Kingdom, so it was thought to be a long day ahead of them. It was a long journey, but in the end a proud moment when they reached the top. The weather proved to be an issue so they wouldn’t have much time to spend up at the top. After they conquered Ben Nevis they had a five hour drive ahead of them to rest in their hotel for the start of the next day’s adventure of Scafell Pike.
Scafell Pike is located in the Lake District; it is considered to be a bit smaller than thatof Ben Nevis but the climb up to the peak is a lot steeper. The weather was much better than the previous day and this made many happy. Some great views from near the top were able to be taken, and after the majority of participants made it to the top it was a descent back down for another 3 hour drive to rest at the hotel and prepare for the adventure to Wales to climb Snowdon.
Sunday’s climb of Snowdon was considered to be the best day as the weather wasvirtually perfect for climbing. Seeing as it was the last day on the journey, everyone was excited to reach the top and finish. The climb itself was a steady climb to the top, so it was a proud moment when they reached the peak and could celebrate their achievement. Climbing all three mountains in one weekend is something everyone should be very proud to announce they achieved for the rest of their lives. In addition to these great accomplishments nearly £10,000 was raised for Diabetes UK which will go a long way in helping those affected by Diabetes.
Big congratulations to the whole team, and a job well done in helping those withDiabetes!