This Sunday saw Chapmans engineer Scott Moore and good friend Rikki Theodosi tackle Ben Nevis, in Scotland, and reach the finale of their mammoth National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money and awareness for The Mary Stevens Hospice.
With over £1200 raised to date and three mountains conquered, we think it’s mission accomplished.
In what turned out to be terrifying white-out conditions the pair were literally on their hands and knees at 1000m elevation, clambering through ice and snow, with over 300m still to go. Purely by chance they met up with a professional climber called Pete who was leading an expedition, also on their way to the summit.
Pete, who had already seen two people admit defeat in his party, advised the duo to go no further without a set of crampons on their boots and a compass. Luckily, with two of his party going back down he had crampons to spare and, recognising their determination, offered to lead Scott and Rikki the rest of the way to the summit. They eagerly agreed and even paid him to do so.
Ben Nevis, at an eye watering 1345m (4413ft), brings their journey to a gruelling conclusion. It has been a truly awesome challenge and a real inspiration to us all. We’re really proud of both the lads and very pleased to have sponsored their adventure and be able to support Mary Stevens again.
The hospice provides an incredibly valuable service within the community and it is mostly funded through donations. It takes an enormous £2.3 million each year to enable them to perform their work. There is still time for you to make a donation so do please be generous.
“Waking up and realising you’ve walked the 3 tallest mountains in the Uk is brilliant, we risked our lives yesterday to be fair, when i think now we were a bit silly to crawl across ice with 1000ft drops next to us, but with both of us hating to fail and being so stubbon can make you not fear what could happen, if it wasnt for us pushing then peter the pro climber wouldnt have seen us to know we weren’t going to stop, and take us the rest of way, but thats it for this fundraiser, we are looking into another peak challenge soon, me and Rikki Theodosi are so greatful for the support and donations
thankyou so much” – Scott Moore
This is a short video, posted to Facebook, showing the intense white-out conditions they encountered on the mountain. Read more about Scott & Rikki’s previous two climbs here and follow Chapmans on Twitter or Facebook for daily news and offers.