Wednesday, August 12, 2009

3 Peaks by Kayak - 2009

This is one endeavour I think folk will be interested in...............

In August 2009 Nick Ray will embark on one of the greatest challenges he has ever undertaken - to kayak a distance of 450 miles (solo) from Aberdovey on the coast of Mid-Wales to Loch Eil in Highland Scotland, and on the way to run/climb up and down Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis, the three highest peaks in Wales, England, and Scotland. This is in fact a variation of the popular three peaks fundraising challenge and one that he successfully completed in 1983! (The aim of the original challenge is to climb all three peaks in under 24 hours). Nick Ray's sea kayak challenge will take considerably longer - possibly 16 days if the weather is fair, though he have given himself longer to complete the journey if it is not. To the best of his knowledge, Nick does not think that this challenge has been undertaken before.

The journey aims to raise funds for the Wilderness Foundation UK

Here is the itinerary from Nick before he set off last week

5th August: Aberdovey to Bardsey Island, open crossing - 31NM
6th August: Bardsey to Caernarfon, coastal - 29.7NM
7th August: Climb Snowdon, 23 miles, then Caernarfon to Conwy 19.4NM
8th August: Conwy to Point of Ayr, coastal - 22.8NM
9th August: Point of Ayr to Fleetwood, coastal - 35.3NM (big day!)
10th August: Fleetwood to Ravenglass, coastal - 30.2NM
11th August: Climb Scafell Pike - 27.2 miles
12th August: Ravenglass to Point of Ayre (Isle of Man) 33.7NM
13th August: Point of Ayre to Port Logan, Mull of Galloway 29.7NM
14th August: Port Logan to Corsewall Point, coastal, - 20.6NM
15th August: Corsewall Point to Sanda Island, open crossing - 22.6NM
16th August: Sanda Island to Gigha Island - 30.8NM
17th August: Gigha to Crinan, coastal - 27.1
18th August: Crinan to Oban, coastal - 22.7NM
19th August: Oban to Fort William, coastal - 27.9NM
20th August: Climb Ben Nevis - 13.1 miles

Nick acknowledges this is an ambitious route and he will not take chances, so if the weather conditions are not suitable, for instance, Nick will adjust his route and ambitions accordingly. Therefore it is highly likely that the plan outlined above will change. However, Nick says he has the luxury of time in hand and can afford to sit onshore for a number of days if needs be. Nick expresses a desire to do his very best to complete the challenge.

Updates will be posted via Nick's Facebook group - 3 Peaks by Sea Kayak 2009

Remember, Nick is doing this to raise money for the Wilderness Foundation UK, if you would like to donate please follow this link - Just Giving: 3 Peaks by Sea Kayak

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