Two of our adventurous students climbed the highest mountain in the United Kingdom to raise money for mental health charity MIND.
Siblings Amber in Year 10 and Harris, Year 7 wanted to climb to the summit of Ben Nevis located in Inverness-shire in Scotland, which is 1,345 metres above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 459 miles. The pair had already climbed the highest peaks in Wales (Mt Snowdon) and England (Scarfell Pike), and were ready to face a new challenge.
When asked what motivated them to do it, they told us:
“My dad lost his friend due to mental health issues and we all decided to raise £1000 for the charity MIND. We’d already done Scarfell Pike and Snowdon so we decided to challenge ourselves by climbing Ben Nevis.”
And what was it that encouraged you to keep going?
“Throughout the climb, we motivated each other and kept reminding ourselves that it was for a good cause. As we climbed we saw other mountains in the distance and the bay at Fort William. Partway through, we saw a waterfall and a ridge which protected us from the wind, so we stopped and ate our sandwiches there and closer to the top, we started to see snow. The higher we went, the more snow we saw and the thicker it became.”
“The hardest part of the climb“, they continued, “was when the wind got stronger and the temperature dropped to -9◦C chill factor. Although we were well-protected from cold with our many layers, at time the wind felt so strong it would throw us of balance. The climb it’s self was very long, with a constant accent which got hard and harder and got very steep and rocky.
“We finally reached the top and we felt so proud of our achievement. We had climbed the highest mountain in the UK. We all celebrated at the top of the Summit with a can of Irn-Bru while looking at the amazing views around us.”
This is a fantastic achievement for both students, and we are now left wondering where their love of climbing will take them next?…
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