Blisters…


Life seems to be quite busy lately. I have only one weekend at home in June. Last weekend was spent Family camping down at Builth Wells in Mid-Wales. We had 4 days down there with a pile of colleagues from my office and their families. The weather was a bit mixed (We had torrential rain one day and a hard frost the next) but it was good to get out and we had some excellent bar-b-ques.
 
This weekend saw me away with colleagues for the second week in succession. For the last 10 years I’ve organised a "challenge event" for colleagues at work.  In 1997 we did a 3 peaks event (Ben Nevis, Sca Fell, Snowdon – The highest peaks in Scotland, England & Wales) which were duely climbed in a little over 20 hours total. The event was a great success in terms of "team building" for the company I work for and I’ve continued the event every year since with different outdoor challenges at different venues across the whole of the UK.
 
As this years event was a 10th anniversary of sorts I decided on the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Another 3 mountains but a different challenge entirely. This one involves approx 35Km with 1600m of accent. The target time is 12 hours. 39 colleagues and guests made the journey to Yorkshire for a variety of different walks to cater for all abilities. 10 of us completed the Three Peaks walks in 10¼ hours with another 2 doing it in reverse and arriving at the pub only slightly later. The weather was kind and I topped up my tan ready for a family holiday in Majorca next week…
 
The end of the month sees me going to the Gower, hopefully for some kayaking.

About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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