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- Ben Nevis Walk 2002

Hillwalking has always been a passion of mine, through first being exposed to it as a boy in the 71st BB to now. I narrowly missed completing my Gold Duke of Edinburgh due to one of my group being ill every time we tried to complete our expedition sections. But the passion for the hills has remained with me and indeed my wife Michelle and two Girls Stephanie aged 6 and Kirsty aged 4, regularly venture on long walks and explore various parts of the Mournes.

Last August I saw the leaflets from the Ulster Cancer Foundation advertising the Ben Nevis Walk and thought that it would be a great opportunity to climb the Highest Mountain in the British Isles whilst at the same time raise money for a great charity.

I raised 410.50 and as you can see from the pictures that at 2000 feet I was still in light clothing , but at just over 4000 feet I had every layer imaginable on, as in the wind it was -minus 12 deg c. The route was 3 miles up and 3 miles down and coming down was a killer. You can come down off the really steep bit of Slieve Donard in about 15 mins max, but the 'walk' down Ben Nevis took 3 hours and was horrendous on the front of the legs. It did not put me off and some day I will do it again in the deep snow or climb another mountain range. For now I am content to say I dunnit and can officially call it ....."THE BEN".

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