18 June 2012
Three mountains in 24 hours - that was the challenge for two teams of three Gearbulk employees each who participated in the Sailors' Society's bi-annual Three Peaks Challenge - and in doing so inspired colleagues, friends and family to donate more than £14,000 to the Sailors' Society.
The course covered three of Great Britain's highest peaks: Ben Nevis in Scotland, Helvellyn in England and Snowdon in Wales. While the actual ascents and descents were achieved within 24 hours, the rest of the time between dinner on Friday 15 June and dinner on Sunday 17 June were needed for briefings and transport between the bases of the three summits.
The first stop was a briefing dinner on Friday evening 15 June in Glasgow. On Saturday morning the teams were taken by coach to the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain (4,409 ft) for the ascent and descent in sub-freezing temperatures and snow. Following an overnight journey to Helvellyn (3,117 ft) in Cumbria, the team endured a cold and wet morning ascent and descent, albeit somewhat curtailed due to very poor weather. Next stop was Mount Snowdon (3,560 ft) in Wales where the weather was more welcoming and the teams finished their treks just after lunch on Sunday afternoon.
The Sailors' Society is well-respected in the maritime community for its work on behalf of the welfare of merchant seafarers on board ships and in ports around the world.