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Leaders: Three Peaks Challenge 2009

1st Finchampstead Scout Group is 90 years old this year.

To celebrate this birthday, and to raise money for our new minibus, eight of our Group’s Leaders will attempt to complete The Three Peaks Challenge on 29th June 2009.

This means that these leaders will climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours (in total!).

mountains are:

Nevis (1394 metres)

Pike (978 metres)

(1085 metres)

is a total of 2900 metres (9800 feet for those who remember real measurements)
of ascent and 44km (27.5 miles) distance (not to mention the driving in

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Dave, Mike, Steve, Niall, Simon H, Ali S and Ali S are raising money towards
the Finch minibus which is a valuable addition to the Group to allow us to transport
our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to activities and camps across the country.

sponsor our leaders to help raise funds for the bus
. Your support will help the
Group and spur the leaders up to the top (and back to the bottom) of each
mountain when their feet and knees won’t!

Please donate either online via our JustGiving page (use the button below) or using the sponsor form (print it as a Word document from HERE) and returning it (with the money!) to the Leaders.

To help to make fundraising easier, we have joined up with Justgiving. is an excellent website that enables people to donate or raise money online. It’s quick, easy, free and 100% secure for you to use. It’s also tax efficient and reduces the administration for the Leaders (and we have a lot to do)! If this method suits you, please click on the link below:

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We will be reporting on our progress both via this web page, via our Twitter page, and on Twitter directly (if you follow @1finch).

Our approximate timings (all in BST) are:

Monday 29th June    
5.00 pm Start climbing Ben Nevis We’ll be starting from Glen Nevis, close to Fort William in north-west Scotland. Grid reference: NN 122 729
9.00 pm Get to the summit of Ben Nevis (1394 m) Grid Reference: NN 166 712
11.00 pm Return to minibus. Start driving to the Lake District
Tuesday 30th June    
4.30 am Arrive Seathwaite. Start climbing Scafell Pikes Seathwaite is in the northern Lake District (close to the Copper Mine for those who went to Scout Camp 2007). Grid Reference: NY 236 121
7.30 am Get to the summit of Scafell Pikes (978 m) Grid Reference: NY 215 072
9.00 am Return to minibus at Wasdale Head

The minibus will be driving to the other side of the Lake District to pick up the walkers as it’s a faster way down. Grid Reference: NY 183 073

Then start driving to North Wales.

2.00 pm Arrive Pen-Y-Pass. Start climbing Snowdon Pen-Y-Pass is on the south-east side of the Snowdonia mountains in North Wales. Grid reference: SH 647 556
4.30 pm Get to the summit of Snowdon (1085m) Grid Reference: SH 609 543
5.30 pm Return to Pen-Y-Pass Finished. We can all go and lie down somewhere.

As you may be able to work out from these timings, the leaders need to make up 30 minutes on what they estimate they can do.

Will they make it?? Keep watching on our live update page, where we’ll put a full running commentary during the challenge.