In a warm-up to the Anglian 3 Peaks Challenge, we thought we should share some interesting and unusual facts about the 3 mountains the Anglian employees will be taking on, as well as the facts about the 3 Peaks Challenge.
12 Anglian Home Improvements employees are taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge to raise money for Brain Tumour UK, a charity that does great work supporting those directly and indirectly affected by brain tumours.
So, with the challenge beginning on Thursday afternoon, here are some facts about these 3 famous mountains;
1. Ben Nevis is the tallest of the 3 mountains, standing at a whopping 4,409ft, Snowdon is second at 3,560ft and Scafell Pike stands at 3,209ft.
2. The total ascent of the 3 Peaks Challenge equates to approximately 9,800ft.
3. The record for the quickest time to complete the 3 Peaks Challenge is 11 hours 54 minutes, set in 1971 by Joss Naylor, and there has been fell running teams who have completed it in under 15 hours regularly.
4. The team of walkers will spend approximately 10 hours in the bus travelling.
5. Each mountain should take approximately 5 hours to climb, depending on fitness levels and weather conditions.
6. 30,000 people take on this challenge each year.
Now for some facts about each individual mountain, which have some unique characteristics and challenges of their own;
– 100,000 people climb the highest mountain in the British Isles each year.
– It is a good mountain to practice ice climbing.
– The earliest recorded ascent of this mountain was in 1771 by James Robertson.
– Henry Alexander drove a Ford Model T up this mountain to prove how rugged the car was.
– The mountain peak is formed from the collapsed dome of a volcano and did house an observatory, although it is only ruins left.
– This mountainous region was originally called ‘The Pikes of Sca Fell’, but a mistake on a ordnance survey map called the highest peak ‘Scafell Pike’.
– Famous poet, William Wordsworth has written about Scafell Pike, although it is unclear if he climbed it. It is thought his published work about the mountain was actually written by his sister Dorothy, who did climb it.
– When climbing this mountain keep an eye out for the Herdwick sheep.
– Scafell Pike may have some stunning views, but it is rumoured to be haunted too. There is a section of the mountain known as Moses Trod; he was a quarryman by day and a smuggler by night. He is supposedly still seen on the mountain along with other outlaws and riderless horses.
– This is probably one of the busiest mountains in Britain, with about 500,000 climbing each year.
– Snowdon is formed from volcanoes that were live in the Ordovician period.
– It has a visitor centre, which has refreshments, called Hafod Eryri. The first café on Snowdon was established in the 1820’s. If you are feeling lazy, you can get a train up to it.
– Snowdon is one of the world’s oldest mountains – about 400 million years old; however the ice age reduced its height and size through erosion.
So, these are some facts and figures about the three mountains of the 3 Peaks Challenge. The climb starts on Friday afternoon at Ben Nevis. Can our team make it to all three summits, or will the mountains conquer them? We are backing them to make it to the top of all three in under 24 hours! If you would like to show support to the walkers, you can donate to their JustGiving page as they push to raise their £10,000 target.