Challenging the three peaks
Caris Grimes tackled Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon for charity
It could have been Hannibal leading his army and the elephants over the Alps. It could have been Don Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator,” coming over the Andes and spotting a small patch near the sea to build the city of Santiago in Chile. It was, in fact, neither. As 19 of us were slipping and sliding our way down from a height of 978m at 2 am on a dark and wet September morning, I wondered why were doing it.
The Three Peaks Challenge is to climb the highest peaks of Scotland, England, and Wales within 24 hours. We were raising money for the new charity, TB Alert, which supports projects that fight tuberculosis in countries where it is endemic.
Two days before, there had been huge gales blowing down from the north west, stinging the Scottish mountains with its rain. After months of organisation, it could have all gone