A huge thank you to Marley Silcott who hiked 96 miles to the summit of Ben Nevis with a group of 4 friends and raised over £800 for Greenhouse Sports!
Having never even put up a tent before, this was the first time Marley and his friends had taken on such a challenging hike. They went on a 12-mile practice walk and planned their route from Inverness to the top of Ben Nevis. After a trip to the supermarket to buy all their food supplies, Marley and his friends set off for the summit on July 15th.
Marley shared his experience with us…
“Walking approximately 100 miles in 6 days and reaching the peak of Ben Nevis is bound to have many highs and lows, psychologically as well as literally. A huge range of weather conditions from the relentless rain in the night to (surprisingly) unwavering heat during the day meant the Highlands really threw everything they had at us.
The low moments remain vivid in my memory. One definite low moment was walking 2 miles extra to reach a café because we were so hungry, only for the café doors to be locked shut. When you have to cover 28 miles in one day, in 25-degree heat, added walking to no avail is not ideal for morale. On the night we camped in Fort William we fell asleep to the sound of steady rainfall. Two of my friends were sleeping in a tent that had a hole in one corner, although none of us were aware of this at the time. The rain hammered down all night, causing my poor mates to wake up in a puddle, shivering uncontrollably. This meant the next night, we had to fit two people in one tent and three in the other. The corners of my tent were still wet from the night before, but with such little room, these icy corners were unavoidable. This meant waking up with my face freezing cold, practically unable to feel my nose and mouth which had been numbed overnight – not fun!
Without these lows, the highlights may not have felt so good. When we reached Ben Nevis’ summit and sat at the highest point in the UK, the sense of achievement was immense. Not just the climbing of the mountain, but the work we’d put in walking all the way from Inverness to Fort William all came to a head.
It was very very challenging, but we pulled through and we completed the challenge and reached the summit of Ben Nevis. It’s fair to say not everything went to plan, but we adapted well and were able to get across the finish line which is great. We ended up walking 155km (96miles) over the 6 days, which was far further than anticipated but we made up the ground and made it to the top of the mountain so the trip was a great success.
I feel this challenge pulled me far from my comfort zone and, for that, I am very grateful to the experience.
I chose to support Greenhouse Sports because I knew this challenge would be brutally tough (and I was right!), and I knew steely grit and determination would be required to pull me through. I thought to myself; what has been key in instilling these values in me? Sport. Therefore, a charity like Greenhouse Sports, who aim to teach these life skills through sport has been a phenomenal cause to help through this challenge and I am very happy to have supported them.”
Well done Marley and thank you for supporting Greenhouse Sports!