City dwellers conquer the mountains in aid of youth homelessness

23rd May 2017

On Friday 19th May, seven members of Langham Hall headed to Glasgow to begin the Three Peaks Challenge. This arduous and gruelling mission involved climbing the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales: Ben Nevis (1,344m), Scafell Pike (978m), and Snowdon (1,085m) respectively. Furthermore, to add more difficulty to this already daunting task, we were to complete all mountains in less than 24 hours. This afforded us the chance to rest only whilst cooped up in the back of a minibus during the transit between mountains.

The challenge was undertaken to raise awareness for a very real issue facing the UK: the rate of homelessness in young people. At present there are 83,000 young people who do not have a home to go to at night due to a multitude of reasons that include violence, abuse and mental health issues. End Youth Homelessness is a coalition of charities which provides housing and supports those young people who have found themselves in this dreadful situation. Langham Hall decided to complete this challenge to offer support in the pursuit of protecting young people in the UK from homelessness.

The team faced unpredictable and unfavourable weather in the mountains, which was an additional burden to the long distances that we had to cover at a fast pace. Driving rain, white-out conditions and snow were all encountered on Ben Nevis. Scafell Pike was attempted during the night in complete darkness and thick fog; visibility was often less than 5 meters making navigation more than just challenging. Snowdon welcomed us with yet more rain and strong winds which made it even harder to stay upright after 20 hours of journeying.

Despite the poor weather, blisters, sore joints and sleep deprivation, the team summited the final mountain within the 24 hours and returned to London with a sense of pride. We aim to continue to raise money until our target of £3,000 is achieved or surpassed. Please see the below link if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause:

Many thanks from all the team,

Ben, Chloe, Scott, Sarah, Ryan, Amandeep and Josh