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I was challenged to walk up England's highest mountain by Ramon Bailey of NECS, who wanted to accompany me, along with a group of people he was going to put together including his son Ethan. We were also joined by Sarah (who was really pushing herself out of her comfort zone, having never done any walking of this type before), Ray, Dean, Geoff, James and Craig. We started the weekend with a night under canvas, camping out in Eskdale - something else Sarah had never done before. I rocked up with the smallest tent on the campsite, and got to bed at a reasonable hour, needing to be awake at 5am ready to head to Wasdale at the base of the climb! Certain people in nearby tents had other ideas however, talking until the small hours of the morning and letting their dog get loose and then chasing him around the campsite at 1:30am!

 

So it was a very tired team that set off up the mountain, following the path up the steep slopes in the cloud and drizzle. The damp conditions made the rocks and stones quite slippy on the way up (and even worse on the way down) and it was quite tough going in places. When we got near the top the surrounding scenery was amazing, however looking up to the highest point, it was covered in low cloud. It was also very windy and quite chilly up there - thankfully we had all packed warm layers and hats! After enjoying lunch on the way down, it did rain quite heavily making the descent a little sketchy and I did end up on my backside at one point after slipping on the stones, but made it down safely other than that.

Huge thanks have to go out to all the team that accompanied me on the expedition, especially those that committed to raising money for Dravet Syndrome UK and The XL Challenge - I will update you all once I know the exact figure collected!

 

UPDATE: The Youngest member of the team, Ethan Bailey, at only 10 years old, raised a massive £300 to add to the total. Big huge Thanks Ethan!