It started off with a couple of hours of torrential rain, with many members of our group finding that their waterproof attire could not cope with such melancholic weather. Despite the drenching sustained, Whitehouse Wanderers conquered Pen-Y-Ghent with spirits still remaining as lofty as the 694 metre summit.
Luckily, our unpredictable British weather offered some respite with rain ceasing and overcast conditions providing perfect temperatures for duration walking. This helped with our team’s next climb which involved heading skywards 736 metres scaling Whernside, the tallest of these three summits which offered exceptional views across the Yorkshire Dales.
After a brief pit stop and one remaining summit to climb, weather conditions worsened with dark clouds approaching, proposing another severe downpour in time for the 723 metre Ingleborough.
With poor weather conditions, steepness and at times being unstable underfoot, Ingleborough proved to be the most challenging climb for Whitehouse Wanderer’s which consisted of: Alice Warren, Dan Donovan, Gareth Eaton, Paul Swindell, Peter Stanton and Phil Staples.
However, with togetherness and a driven mentality to succeed, they prevailed and reached this summit which left them with 7 miles to their finish line.
Whitehouse Wanderer’s completed this challenge in 10 hours and 2 minutes, beating their 12 hour target despite not receiving any favours from the elements.
Organiser of this event, Alice Warren said: “Even with the dreadful weather and gruelling climbs, I had an amazing time with such a great group of Whitehouse employees and we are really proud of beating our target.
All of this adds to the fact we have raised so much money for Macmillan and I would like to thank all of those who have donated so far”.
If you would like to donate to Whitehouse Wanderer’s cause, please see their Just Giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/whitehouse-wanderers