Challenge for 40 Degreez

On May 3rd, my friend Aaron Surridge and I accomplished something truly exhilarating – we conquered Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK, all in support of 40 Degreez, a charity that does wonderful work supporting young adults in Farnham.

After our first attempt in January was thwarted by weather, we were determined to try again. Setting off on Friday afternoon after a late-night drive from London, we embarked on the mountain path to the summit, blessed with much kinder weather this time around. Despite it being May 3rd, we encountered significant snow at the top, adding to the challenge and the beauty of our ascent.

Camping overnight atop Ben Nevis, we were treated to a breath taking sunset and a sunrise that was equally spectacular. Our gear stood up admirably to the cold and a 3am downpour, making our overnight stay reasonably comfortable.

Descending via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete, we were rewarded with solitude and stunning views of the mountain’s north face and the southern ranges. Our journey also included a thrilling descent to the valley below, where we paused briefly at the CIC hut – an adventure worth every moment.

Reflecting on these incredible 24 hours, Aaron and I are immensely grateful for the support and donations we’ve received for this wonderful cause. Thank you all for your generosity and encouragement! Quote by Daniel Pereira

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