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Wiltshire students hope for Three Peaks success

Posted 16 April 2012
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Wiltshire students hope for Three Peaks success
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A group of Students from Wiltshire are planning to complete the national Three Peaks Challenge - by not following in the footsteps of another group from the county.

The three University of Gloucestershire students are setting out to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon while carrying heavy packs to honour the fallen in recent wars as they raise cash for Help for Heroes, which is based in the county.

Aiming to climb the mountains while carrying 25lbs each, the aim is to raise £10,000 for the cause.

One of the group, Jack Fautley, told the local press: "The girls on the team will be carrying 1lb for every woman who has lost her life, and the guys 1lb for every man. This will highlight the fact that both sexes serve in the forces and both have fallen."

Such an undertaking will not be easy, but those who set out on such a trek can benefit from being well organised, equipped and fit.

That means walking boots, waterproofs, a first aid kit and even Ordnance Survey maps.

In the last instance, it may be imagined that it is somewhat hard to get lost on three such popular mountains. But another party from Wiltshire made a spectacular hash of their expedition last year.

Team Wayne - named after a leukaemia victim who inspired a group of pals to undertake a series of fundraising efforts - floundered in Glen Nevis when they somehow managed to ascend the wrong mountain, climbing Stob Ban in the neighbouring Mamores, which at 3,277 ft is shorter than neighbouring Stob Ban (3,606 ft), let alone the towering 4,408 ft Ben.

And matters got worse when the gang ran into trouble on Scafell Pike, with three of them suffering injuries and the party getting split up and not being reunited until the next day.

Following these two fiascos, they decided against attempting Snowdon, instead returning to their home town of Cricklade.

So a successful trio of ascents for the students from Wiltshire could do more than just raise cash for a good cause: it could restore some mountaineering pride to a far from mountainous county.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801341092-ADNFCR