Colne man takes on Three Peaks Challenge

Andre Kibble
Andre Kibble

A FEARLESS Colne man is to tackle England, Scotland and Wales’s highest mountains in the space of 24 hours.

Andrew Kibble (35), of Glenroy Avenue, hopes to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and finally Snowdon in Wales all in a single day.

The Three Peaks Challenge will see Andrew and his friend Gary Burdett (30) scale more than 11,000ft on the intense 338-mile dash spanning three countries on September 24th.

Gas engineer Andrew, who is hoping to raise £1,000 for Mencap, said: “I am fully aware of the challenge ahead but I am quite looking forward to it to tell the truth.

“Ben Nevis is a very tough climb on its own. It is the biggest mountain in Britain. But to do all three in 24 hours and the driving in between is a real epic task.”

Andrew, who has been mountaineering for more than 10-years, has climbed mountains across the world, but says he has never taken on a challenge of this size.

The pair plan to set off climbing Ben Nevis at 4 p.m. which at 4,396ft it is the biggest of the three peaks. After a five-hour drive from Scotland they will head up to the 3,208ft summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District - an arduous climb they will attempt in the middle of the night.

Andrew said: “We will be going up in the dark and coming down at first light. It is very dangerous to climb Scafell in the dark. It is very steep, rocky and hands-on. If you leave the path or get bad weather like fog you can become very disorientated and easily stray off course.”

The final leg will see them take the five-hour trip to North Wales to climb Snowdon the country’s highest peak which stands at 3,560 ft.

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