6 Peaks Challenge for WaterAid

6 PeaksNow I like walking, but climbing 6 of the largest peaks in the British Isles within 72 hours? That’s just nutty.

That’s what my manager, Charles Douthwaite, has decided to participate in. A keen walker, Charles may be seen striding over hillocks at some speed, usually deep in thought listening to his Spanish lessons on his MP3 player.

The challenge is simple, Charles, along with the rest of his team “Ny Glastinyn shee” must climb to the summits of:

  • Snaefell in The Isle of Man
  • Snowdon in Wales
  • Scafell Pike in England
  • Ben Nevis in Scotland
  • Slieve Donar in Northern Ireland
  • Corran Tuathail

The team must drive between the locations, catching what sleep they can in the interim. The team also consists of Gail Green and Nigel Maddocks, all keen walkers who seem to be setting a considerable pace, already reaching the summits of two of the mountains in first place by some margin!

The effort (or is it expedition?) is in aid of WaterAid, a charity that works with local communities to provide sustainable and clean water to communities, often including the world’s poorest people. The team have set a sponsorship target of £3,000 and are well on their way of achieving this goal. So why not show your support for their effort and that of WaterAid’s by donating using their Virgin Money Giving site?

If you’re a keen walker yourself, check out Charles’ blog at http://walkingmann.wordpress.com, which includes his routes, maps and many photographs he took along the way. Beware, though, there is often some experimentation involved with his routes!

We’ll be tweeting the team’s progress on the @iww Twitter account of Island Web Works Ltd. You can also keep track of their progress on the 6 Peaks Challenge site, which includes a live Google Map of their progress.