The Informa ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ will see volunteer employees participate in a special mountaineering expedition, all in aid of a worthwhile charity, that will see them scale three of Britain’s tallest and most majestic mountain peaks. Would-be Edmund Hillarys and Tenzing Norgays will be able to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales; all in a space of only 24 hours. Ben Nevis will be the first to be climbed, before participants race across the UK mainland to climb England and Wales‘ tallest mountains with less than a weekend to complete the challenge.
The event is in aid of Informa’s charitable partner, the Prince’s Trust, which aims to give disadvantaged young people a new start in life with training for job opportunities and help in becoming self-made business entrepreneurs. In May, the peak time for expeditions, mountaineers will first travel via coach to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands from where they will tackle the snow-capped Ben Nevis, Scotland’s tallest mountain. After conquering Nevis, they will head south of the border to take on Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, situated deep within the picturesque Lake District national park. Then across to the wild lands of Wales where Snowdon is up next. The 3 Peaks Challenge has been described as a ‘tough event’ by its organisers and volunteers will have little time for sleep, the organisers warn. Participants are expected to have good levels of fitness and be able to persevere on minimal comfort and sleep, and are advised to follow a fitness plan before undertaking the trek, one of which will be sent out upon application or downloadable from the website of the tour company appointed by Informa to manage the 3 Peaks Challenge’s logistics.
As of January 2015, 22 Informa employees have signed up for the event, which is scheduled to take place over the weekend commencing Friday May 22nd and finishing on Sunday May 24th. The following Monday is a national bank holiday, so weary and sore 3 Peakers will be able to rest their feet and recuperate from the arduous, but fun, trekking journey through some of Britain’s most awe-inspiring natural scenery. The company is now in the process of encouraging more employees to take on this gruelling challenge and help transform young lives.
All guiding on the Three Peaks will be undertaken by experienced and trained mountain guides who know the local areas climbers will be visiting. The total horizontal distance covered via walking will be 42 kilometres, with a total of 3 kilometres vertically along with ten hours of driving time allocated between the climbing spots.
To take part, participants are asked to pay a registration fee of £99 and in addition, raise £650 (plus any additional amounts raised) for the Prince’s Trust. A complementary £99 will be added to your fundraising page by Informa. Participating staff will also receive an extra day of annual leave to complete the challenge. A minimum of £520 must be raised 10 weeks prior to departure. By getting on board now, participants will have 6 months’ training and fundraising prep time. Enlistment for the Informa 3 Peaks Challenge is via a special webpage hosted by the outdoors tour company Maximum Adventures or via the company’s intranet. The Challenge is only open to current employees of Informa plc. within the UK.
DISCLAIMER: I am a current employee of Informa and this article is based on an email from the corporate responsibility department. This is my way of showing pride for my place of work, and is not intended as a means of promotion for the company.
This article is dedicated to my dear friend and colleague Noor, who I have had the pleasure of working with for six years. He has now left the company to join a firm near west London as a database administrator. Noor has also been an occasional contributor for the Half-Eaten Mind. I wish him all the best in his new job.