Charity Challenges – Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike

KHIST board members, Dave Pountney and Dave Lewis joined forces once again, on Friday 21st June , to complete the latest legs of their respective charity challenges during the weekend. Having recently tackled the strenuous trek up Snowdon, they turned their attention, firstly to the UK’s highest mountain (Scotland’s Ben Nevis) and then to Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, which is England’s highest point. They were accompanied by friends, Adrian and Joanne.

The Trust has now received their brief report, after a good rest and a week or so of reflection, and we are only too pleased to pass on their thoughts, below:-

“We drove to Fort William on Friday 20th and so were able to make an early 06.30 start on the Saturday to ‘attack’ Ben Nevis. It was a clear day and the views as we climbed were absolutely stunning. Unfortunately, on reaching the summit, the view was obscured by a cover of low cloud. The temperature was just 1 degree C., so it was much more comfortable when we got back down to the car park at 14:30, when it was a pleasant 19 degrees C.”


Dave Lewis tells us that, during the 8 hours they had been trekking, he had suffered three times with cramp but was very pleased they had managed to complete the 1st part of the challenge and could now look forward to part 2.

“We drove on to Scafell Pike arriving at 21:30 and it was then clear that we had got our timings wrong and, of course, would not have been able to complete the climb and return to base without walking in the dark. We decided therefore to spend the night in the car and start the walk the following morning, so, it was at 04:15 on Sunday that we resumed our challenges”.

“The Scafell walk was much harder than had been expected”


According to Dave Lewis, Scafell took everything out of him and although he had managed to complete the climb, he had reluctantly had to inform the other members of the team, during the decent, that he would not be able to take on the Snowdon climb, as had been planned.


Dave L went on to say:-

“We finally got back to the car at 11:00. I was exhausted and disappointed at not going on to Snowdon. We can, however, now look back with pride at what we did achieve, in completing two of the climbs and I would like to thank Dave, Adrian and Joanne for their help in getting me through two tough but rewarding walking days”.



You can find Dave Pountney’s story and make a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund at:

Dave Lewis’s chosen charity is the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. You can read his story and make a donation at:

Both would like to thank all those who have so generously supported their appeals.