First of 3! The first of the 3ptsd walks got under way on Saturday 14th September starting from the car park at Horton in Ribbledale with Pen Y Ghent looming in the distance. A great surprise and morale booster came in the shape of Sir Gavin Green Morris, our Commander for Greater Manchester and his good lady Dame Julie, who turned up just to wish us good luck! They travelled from Bury in Lancashire just to say hello, and it was great to meet them! So it was a famous five that settled down to the day, with Sir Brian Robinson (2nd Right) our Commander for Glasgow holding fort at ‘Base Camp’ in the car park, ready to call the emergency services or assistance if it was required, and the use of his 2 way radios was very much appreciated. So it was that 4 intrepid explorers, in the shape of myself (Master at Arms and Commander North & West Yorkshire, centre picture) set off on a bright cool morning in search of Pen Y Ghent. Accompanying me on the walk was Sir Kevin Johnson Osborne, (Command Councillor and Commander for Lincolnshire, (first left and his partner Sharon first right) and my good lady Sheila, (second left above).
We were accompanied by large groups of ‘3 Peakers’ and at times it was more like the M1 than the Yorkshire Dales! However, we were in no hurry, as just the one peak was in our sights, and we made our way steadily uphill towards the nose of Pen Y Ghent.
Remembering all the time that we were walking to raise funds for our Veterans who suffer from a host of mental illnesses and disabilities, we rose steadily up and looking back to Horton we could see we had already climbed some distance.
However, there were a couple of changes since the last time I walked up Pen Y Ghent, and at some point the rock face had given way and what should have been a simple scramble turned more into mountain climbing! As we got higher ‘The Hill of Winds’ played its part and the air got colder as we neared the top. Yet the last hurdles were cleared, and KTUK had reached the summit and completed the conquest of the first peak in our challenge! We sat on the Leeward side of the wall to have a rest and a bite to eat. The Weather had been marvellous so far, very warm at lower levels but cooler as one would expect at the top. The humour and conversation was great, and we all got on like a house on fire. We contacted Brian back in base camp who duly announced on our Facebook page that we had reached the summit!
But all too soon it was time to climb the stile and start the downward haul back to Horton. Indeed, the start was very chilly, but as we got to the lower levels the air warmed up again and we had a very pleasant walk back to Horton and met up with Brian. From there we travelled to the Station Pub at Ribblehead, the starting point for our second walk up Whernside, the highest of the 3 peaks on September 28th .
The food was far better than I expected, and how Sharon ate the Roast beef and Yorkshire pud AND a pudding I will never know! We covered a range of topics whilst having our meal, and we all thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. Yet it was all over all too soon and Brian headed off to his digs near Kirkby Lonsdale whilst Kevin, Sharon, Sheila and I headed back to Swaledale for the night.
I had an absolutely GREAT time, and made lifelong friends on the day, and I am already looking forward to the second challenge, Whernside on the 28th. So far the challenge has raised about £1100 for Veterans Woodcraft, our chosen charity and if you feel that you could support us further then please donate using the link below and quote 3ptsd in the message box.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR VALUABLE SUPPORT ASSISTING OUR VETERANS!!
MASTER AT ARMS
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