Akela and the Three Peaks 24hr Challenge


Chris Holliss, Akela of Birchwood Cub Pack has raised nearly £200 for the Group in the gruelling 'Three Peaks 24hr Challenge'. Aiming to climb Scotland's Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden all in just 2 days. The group of 10 completed all the peaks, starting the ascent of Ben Nevis at 6am on Saturday 20th September, and climbed to the peak and back down in 5 hours and 40 minutes. At 8pm the group started up Scarfell Pike, with cloud cover creating very poor visibility, worsened by the dark. Like some other groups they got lost on both the ascent and descent of this challenging peak, returning in 6 hours. At 8am on Sunday Chris and his group started their final peak, Mount Snowden, finally bringing their challenge to a close many hours later. Chris said 'This was the hardest physical and mental thing I have ever done, and it put my scouting skills to the test! I won't go back to Skarfell Pike in the dark in a hurry.' He added, 'I'm proud that I have faced and completed the challenge and am pleased that I've been able to raise money that will help both the Scout Group and Cancer Research.

Challenge statistics: 3 peaks completed (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon) Elevation travelled: total ascent of 9,800 feet (3,000 m) Distance walked: around 42 kilometres (26 miles) Walking duration: 16hrs 25mins (average of the whole group) 8,500 calories per female and 10,200 calories per male burned across the challenge. Total calories burned by group - 83,300 63 hrs spent together on trip 29 hours spent in minibus 69 litres of water consumed 3 blisters 1 injury Animals spotted - mouse, frog (nicknamed Freddie), slug, spider, bat, sheep eating a banana (?), horse, dog, cow, wolf (well, they heard a howl) and lots of midges. Celebrity spot of the day: Sir Alex Ferguson. 1 birthday 1 lost voice

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