It was back in 2014 when I received the news that my Grandfather had been given a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. Not really knowing what to do to help out; I thought it might be a nice gesture at least, to raise some money for Parkinons UK. For no reason in particular I thought, Snowdon!
A couple of conversations later and I had convinced three of my good friends; David, Mike, and Remy to come and join me on the challenge.
We received such awesome support and in the end raised over £2000 in just that one event. Little did we know what Snowdon had in store; and how it was going to be the spark which ignited a passion for all of us.
It was a combination of the mind-blowing views, incredible weather conditions and the general excitement of being out in the great outdoors which captured our imaginations; something which still to this day keeps driving us (although the weather conditions are not always so perfect; as we found out in the Peak District, and Fort William!)
Since that day in sunny Wales, we have reached the summit of 4 mountains; in 4 countries no less:
Mt. Snowdon – Wales
Scafell Pike – England
Ben Nevis – Scotland
Mt. Bronzone – Italy
Our next step is the National 3 Peaks Challenge which we will be completing later this year – and between now and then…well who knows!
So that’s the story of Dorks On A Hill; and we would love you to join us as our story continues – remember to subscribe to our blog and take a look at our Instagram page to get all out best snaps from around the world @dorksonahill
Ben Nevis; for a group of amature walkers this was the first peak we had planned which we all felt a little anxious about. Snowdon was a tourist attraction, Scafell was a cardio killer, but Nevis…this, in the UK at least, is the big kahuna, the highest place on our modest islands.
It was the end of Summer 2015 and we had heard that snow was still at the summit…snow. Like many Brits, hearing that we might encounter snow instantly filled me with that childish excitement / dread / and even that small hope that school would be closed.
Not only was it the tallest and most challenging; it was also the fist time we has needed to take a whole weekend to complete a hike. After the very dull 12hour drive; for which Remy slept for a good 11.5 hours we set up camp and got aquainted with the local mosquitos. (we discovered the following morning that we had pitched up directly next to the ‘exo-mosquito 5000’ – the machine that lures them all in to the UV light of doom). It was raining…naturally…
Another flaw in our plan to camp out; was that in order to be warm and not bored in darkness was to be; rather unfortunately… in a pub.Where we were treated to some true Scottish hospitality, drunk far too much rum, and had many conversations with locals about…well, I have no idea.
So the morning came…and the morning went, and after a hearty full English, sorry I mean Scottish, we were set!
…it was cold…it was long…it was windy…and at times it mad me sad…and that was that!
The combination of the weather conditions and Benny itself; made this the most gruelling hike we had taken on to date. Truly, it was incredible; and Fort William has to be one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Looking forward to heading back up; the next time will be to kick off our National 3 Peaks Challenge – Benny…we’re coming for you!
Get the rum ready!
To check out how we got on please take a look at our vlog by clicking the image below!
Mike Wilson // Adam Watts // Remy Mcbsakjfhakj // David Sewell