Genuine Solutions Group raise £10,000 for the Children’s Trust charity by triumphing Ben Nevis and Snowdon in just 24hrs
On behalf of The Children’s Trust Charity, ten team members comprised of staff from Genuine Solutions Group, Genuine Solutions Ltd and GSUK took on a monumental challenge of climbing two of the UK’s largest mountains within just 24hrs.
It’s was a bright and early start (5am) on 21st May 2016 as the team braced themselves for the fast-paced and physically challenging adventure ahead.
First stop Ben Nevis!
Standing at the western end of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles and is formed from the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano.
The trail up to the summit began on the eastern side of Glen Nevis, from where the team followed a steep path up to the saddle of Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (570m). From here the team then began a zigzag ascent up the western flank of Ben Nevis to the summit (1344m).
The ten-mile trek with it’s uneven and slippery paths was extremely challenging and took the team around seven hours to overcome.
Speaking from the summit of Ben Nevis, CEO, Christian McBride, commented: “Wow, what an amazing achievement, I feel on top of the world! It was a really tough challenge but the team all pulled together, offered support and encouragement to one and other right until the very end – bring on Snowdon. Round one done!
Wow, what an amazing achievement, I feel on top of the world!
Travelling to Wales to tackle Snowdon allowed the team time to recharge their batteries for another early start. With the final peak awaiting and with only 24hrs to complete the challenge, time was of the essence.
Driving on to Pen y Pass at the high end of the Lanberis Pass, the team followed a rocky trail along the Pyg Track to the top of Snowdonia National Park.
Teamwork and determination were hugely important as the team battled their way onwards and upwards to conquer the final challenge.
Snowdon and its surrounding peaks have been described as true examples of alpine typography and from elevated viewpoints the team were able to take in the all the beautiful surroundings, some of the most extensive views in the British Isles – On a clear day it is possible to see four kingdoms, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands.
What and monumental experience it’s taken my breath away – literally.
Having reached the summit of Snowdon (1085m), the group celebrated at what they had accomplished, took a breather, some team photos and a well deserved rest.
PA, Kirstie Whitcombe-Smith commented, “What and monumental experience it’s taken my breath away – literally. It is something I have always wanted to do and now I can finally say, I did that!”
The challenge was a huge success, even though it was extremely tough, everyone involved had a fantastic time and achieved something that not many people can say they have. More importantly £10,000 was raised for an amazing charity, The Children’s Trust – The UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury; giving children with brain injury the opportunity to live the best life possible.