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1 Dad, 1 Son, 3 Peaks, 24 Hours.

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Roland Arnison

14 year old James and his dad set out to climb Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike in 24 hours to raise money for CVSRT. WE DID IT!

Raising money for
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team

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Name: James Elles
Age: 14
Mountain experience: I have climbed about 11 mountains but I've never done anything like the 3 peaks challenge before
Mountaineering style: Climb the biggest mountains as fast and light as possible. 
Hardest thing:  I don't like mountaineering food.
Future challenge: climb the highest mountain in every European country. 

Name: Roland Arnison
Age: old enough
Mountain experience: quite a few mountains over the years, big and small, hot and cold, but never in a sequence of three with a strict time limit.
Mountaineering style: Slow and well equipped
Hardest thing:  Keeping up with James
Future challenge:  Recovering from this challenge!

Event details

National 3 peaks challenge

We did it it! Despite Roly's bad ankle, terrible weather and badly timed road closures. Full report at:

The national 3 peaks challenge involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours. The challenge for James and Roly is the estimated 13 hours of hill climbing with little sleep. The challenge for intrepid driver Rich is to get us promptly but safely between mountains.

We are raising money for the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT), the voluntary service which carries out the rescue, treatment and evacuation of casualties across the wilder parts of our region. Both Roly and Rich are members of CVSRT. It costs £35,000 per year to keep the team operational. 

Our plan is to take on this quest in October - not the ideal time of year for weather or daylight hours, but it will increase the challenge. The 24 hour target starts as we leave the car park in Glen Nevis and ends when we return from Snowdon to the car. Mid-quest eating, sleeping and massage therapy will all need to be done en route on the motorway.


Event date

27-October-2017 17:00  - 
28-October-2017 17:00

Event type

Running / Walking

Event is completed


Donation by Anonymous
on 16-11-2017
£30.00 gift aid
Donation by Donna
on 04-11-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Richard & Sarah loved the report
Donation by Richard&Sarah
on 02-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 01-11-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Well done :)
Donation by Nick Thomas
on 01-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Well done - a magnificent achievement.
Donation by Ian
on 01-11-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Well done guys! Awesome achievement. Glad I finally got around to donating!!!
Donation by Gareth
on 30-10-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Hey Roly and James what an incredible achievement! Fantastic and for such a worthy cause! Really inspiring! XXOO
Donation by Dee, David Finn and Seán
on 30-10-2017
£7.50 gift aid
What an achievement particularly for James, well done!
Donation by Neal Heard
on 29-10-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 29-10-2017
£5.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £785.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £785.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £962.50

Donations closed

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