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Three Peaks challenge proves need for walking jackets in summer

Posted 27 July 2011
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Three Peaks challenge proves need for walking jackets in summer
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The need those climbing Britain's highest mountains in summer have for walking jackets and waterproofs has been demonstrated by the conditions endured by one team taking on the national Three Peaks Challenge.

A group of seven men from Hereford Lions Club took on Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis to raise £2,500 for a hospice and found themselves facing blizzard conditions on Scotland's highest peak, the Hereford Times reports.

"Weather conditions on Ben Nevis were extreme with other climbers turning back," noted team member Daron Hodges.

However, the team managed to complete the climb and went on to finish the challenge in 22 hours, with two members also assisting with a search for a missing climber on Scafell Pike.

The presence of snow in summer on Ben Nevis is a demonstration of how walkers may face changing conditions on such high mountains and need to be clothed and equipped accordingly.

Earlier this month the John Muir Trust - which owns much of the upper part of Ben Nevis - warned Three Peaks Challengers to take their litter home to avoid damaging the upland environment.
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