3 Peaks Challenge 2019

One of the main objectives of KT-UK is that it strives to support and help as many charitable causes as it can. One of these causes, is Veteran’s Woodcraft, a charity that teaches woodwork to help veterans and farmers overcome trauma and PTSD.

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Our Master at Arms went to see for himself the work that this charity does and deemed it very worthy of the help of KT-UK. To raise money, he organised a sponsored event, KT-UK’s own version of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.

Over 3 separate weekends arrangements were made to take on 1 peak at a time. We aren’t athletes after all and it was designed to be very inclusive. A lot of research was done by the organisers to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.

Notice was given to any members who wish to partake in the event or come and support those who did. Advice was given on appropriate clothing, food and water etc… for the trek and I must say as somebody who took part it was all very professional. The first peak Pen Y Ghant, the second Whernside and the last Ingleborough. The weather wasn’t the greatest but nothing stopped the group of intrepid participants who took part or the supporting well-wishers.

I personally hadn’t met any of the other trekkers but we all instantly clicked and formed a bond, not unlike the bond I struck up with brothers in the armed forces. I honestly feel that, that day I made some friendships that will last for many years to come. The pace of the climb was set to the slowest member so that no-one felt uncomfortable or rushed. Plenty of stops were put into the route to allow for photographs, for something to eat and drink, sometimes just to stop, catch our breath and marvel at the beauty around us and just to get to know one another. We supported one another that day on that climb, it was enjoyable but hard as well. When we got to the top a huge feeling of achievement was felt by all and the photos of us smiling at the summit are something im very proud of.

The views of this beautiful countryside are incredible and I have an album full of memories. Our guide picked a good route and tested our capabilities, I think it’s fair to say that we weren’t found to be wanting. One of the highlights of the day was the finish, the sheer joy at our achievement and the knowledge that we were about to celebrate at the Ribblehead Station Inn. By the way, a lovely little pub, the food was amazing and the cider really found its mark. So, all in all, our Master at Arms and his wife organised a fun and safe event to raise money for a worthy cause and in doing so forged friendships for some of us, memories that will last a life time and hopefully, as this was a success, set a standard for future events.
We raised £ 1147.50 which Veteran’s Woodcraft were very grateful to receive. I as well as others are looking forward to the challenges to come.

Some amazing photos from the event (Click them to see full size)

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