I will be taking part in the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2013 in aid of the Prostate Cancer Research Centre.
Climbing the Welsh 3 Peaks is a serious undertaking at any time of year which includes 2864m (9397ft) of ascent and descent, 20 miles of walking and over 600 miles of driving (including the distance from/to my home to the start). I will meet up with others taking part at Cardiff at 3.30am on Saturday morning before travelling to our first climb – Pen Y Fan (886m) at around 4.30am. Once back down and signed off the mountain, we travel nearly 100 miles to our next challenge, Cadair Idris (893m) which will be a 5-6 hour hike. After that, I will get a well earned rest and stay at Llanberis YHA. After an early breakfast, we have our third peak to reach which is, of course, Mt Snowdon (1085m). There will a lot of people on this stage of the walk as it links in with the ‘Snowdon500’ challenge which is open to all ages so families will be taking part as well.
Fighting Prostate Cancer
The Prime purpose of the PCRC Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge is to raise vital funds for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre and also improve awareness about this killer disease. Prostate cancer caught in its early stages can be treated very successfully but once the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, treatment becomes considerably more difficult. Research projects such as those being carried out at the PCRC are (with the help of the Snowdon500/Welsh 3 Peaks) making new discoveries which will lead to new treatments that will help prostate cancer sufferers to live longer and ultimately find a cure which continues to kill more than 10,000 men in the UK alone each year. You can find out more at http://www.prostate-cancer-research-centre.org.uk
In August, I will also be taking part in the National 3 Peaks 24 hour Challenge which promises to be a real toughie! This involves getting up to Fort William and climbing Ben Nevis at midday on Saturday 4th August. Once back down, a bus will drive us to the Lake District to climb Scarfell Pike at around 11pm so a night hike! After that challenge, it’s back onto the bus and get some rest during our journey to Llanberis in North Wales to climb Mt. Snowdon (again!) by midday on Sunday 5th August.
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