Six Larne men will be tackling a four-peak challenge at some of the highest mountains in the United Kingdom in aid of a cystic fibrosis charity.
Barry McKeown, Paul McAllister, Kenneth McAllister(team leader), Jason Dunkley, Andrew Davidson, Robert Dunkley will be scaling the heights of Ben Nevin, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Slieve Donard in just 48 hours.
Andrew said: “I thought about doing this challenge, four highest peaks in the UK, ten years ago, but it was only a dream until now, Kenneth McAllister has made it happen, put a team together, family and friends and making it worthwhile.
The Larne lads will be wasting no time, starting with Ben Nevis, in Scotland, the highest peak in the British Isles ,at 4,409 ft, on Friday afternoon on July 14. The next day, they will be heading south to Scafell Pike, in the Lake District, the highest mountain in England, at 3,309 ft for an early morning ascent before journeying onwards to take on Snowdonia, the highest mountain in Wales, 3,560 ft, later that day.
On Sunday, they will sail to Dublin before travelling north, pulling on their hiking boots and climbing Slieve Donard in County Down.
Andrew has described a recent hike up Slieve Donard as “tight enough”.
He said: “It is just tiring. I have done a lot of running. We are expecting Ben Nevis to be the worst.”
However, he said that the local lads are confident that they will complete the challenge.
“It is not easy. Some people finish it in 36 hours but we are not going to be put off.”
Andrew added: “This challenge is not without danger and risk of personal injury and is advisable to be tackledin the summer months.
“We are hoping for favourable weather conditions and maximum daylight hours.
“We will be completing this unguided, charting our own paths, ascending 14,000 feet and a total of 27 miles in 24 hours of extreme hill walking.”
The lads are aiming to reach a target of £1,500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Donations can be made at their Just Giving Page which says: “Cystic Fibrosis is a charity which is very important to us, our family and our friends. To watch someone you love fight the condition everyday is tough.
“This is a daily battle for everyone with the condition. We hope that fundraising for cystic fibrosis will help fund future treatments to make life easier for all CF patients.”
Donations can also be make by contacting Kenny on 07955870719 or Andrew 07802356915 to arrange cash donation or other means.