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A huge thanks to everyone who donated to help us raise £1493.61 for Simon on the Streets. Here’s the story of how we got there:

We trudged down off Ingleborough hill and back into Horton-in-Ribbersdale at 5:30pm on Friday evening, greeted with a pint and a roast pork sarnie. The 23 miles over the three mountains that shape the Yorkshire Three Peaks route had been conquered by Epiphany’s resolute team of intrepid mountaineers, clocking in at the tidy time of nine and eleven hours.

However, this journey was not only undertaken in the hills and our goal was not achieved only by walking the mountains.

Our campaign started around three weeks earlier, as we began fundraising for one of our partner charities, Simon on the Streets, who do incredible work in supporting those who suffer from issues relating to homelessness, mental health and addiction in West Yorkshire.

Our target was to raise £1000, which ticked over on the evening before the hike, and it gave us a huge mental boost just before the walk. This figure was reached with the help of donations into our Just Giving fundraising page and Patrick’s gargantuan walking boot. Hygiene concerns were brushed aside in the name of charity, as the boot was passed around the office and filled to the brim with £80’s worth of change.

With the fundraising sorted, the pressure was now on us to do the hike and this was a daunting prospect as we rolled out of bed at 4am on Friday morning. After a short drive to the starting point, intense preparation was underway. Plasters were slapped on, talcum was powdered and socks were doubled, as the threat of blisters loomed.

Soon we were ready to go and we lined up. Looking like seasoned, hardened climbers, we sported various hiking garments and, for that moment, it really looked like we were right in our comfort zone. This image was maintained right up until Patrick donned his Aviator shades and we met the first hill.

The immediate incline of Pen-y-Ghent hit hard and we were exposed for the desk dwellers we really are. The incline bent round the hill and morphed into a steep rocky climb which made up the final ascent to the summit of Pen-y-Ghent. We battled up the hill, reached the top and ate some cereal bars.

A baptism of fire it might have been, but the first peak was done, we were alive and raring to attack the next two.

The walk to the second peak was the longest of the day. As we trooped down Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough loomed in the distance. We stopped by Ribblesdale viaduct, took on the carbs and began the ascent up Whernside.

The trail bends widely around the mountain, resulting in a sustained, and energy sapping incline to the top. We reached Whernside’s peak and our highest summit of the walk at 2,415ft. Keeping with the theme of the day, it was a signal for food and the Starburst came into play; brought along for the ride not just for their sugary, calorific offering but their morale boosting flavour.

It was then time for Ingleborough. With its unique, plateau-like flat top, it had been visible on the horizon all day, which gave it an ominous quality - it always seemed like the Big One. The King. The mack-daddy. The one to beat.

The approach was stunning, with jutting limestone rocks spattered across the fields surrounding us for miles. The experience was made even more special by Patrick’s impeccable acapella rendition of Pulp’s Common People. In hindsight, I think this is probably an indication that the madness had truly set in by this point, but at the time it was quite a boost.

The final walk to the finish seemed to never end but we were driven by the prospect of beer and meat. Dodging cows and bogs, we pushed on until our feet finally hit concrete again as we limped into the town and got ourselves back to Leeds and our beds.

Thanks to everyone who donated to the cause, gave us advice or support. We overcame a challenge we were quite terrified to undertake but ended up having a pretty special day out.

Naturist pioneer John Muir once said that “people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.” With that in mind, we look to our next adventure – so keep an eye out for that.

If there isn’t a blog post, well, we didn’t make it and we were never seen again.



Our Just Giving page will remain active, so if you want to be the one to push us past that £1500* milestone, just click here.

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