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As you may have heard one of the industry’s best-loved characters, Hylton Nesbitt had a bit of bad news at the end of last year, just before Christmas.  He was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.  He quickly had surgery, but unfortunately not in time for cancer to have spread to his lymph nodes and needed a course of Chemotherapy.  Now those of you that know Hylton, know what a strong man both in stamina and character he is.  He has battled on, working through the pain (which he denies he has) and is on the road to recovery with the Chemotherapy sessions ending on 14th August this year.

Fortunately, Hylton works for the UK’s leading wholesaler of vending products and they are in awe of his commitment to them and the bravery he has shown and is still showing in this intrusive process.  In recognition of this, they are arranging a charity trek to the summit of Ben Nevis in Scotland.

Automatic Retailing Norther (ARN) has challenged everyone in UK Vending to help raise money by joining them.  Let’s be honest, it will be hard but a great ‘craic’ and we can’t miss seeing John Crichton attempt this climb.  In fact, Michelle and Rachel of NIVO think that if John can attempt it then they can.  Training will begin PDQ! (and let’s make no bones about it – it is going to be hard).

WHEN?

04/10/2019: travel to Fort William,

05/10/2019: Climb Ben Nevis

06/10/2019: Travel back

WHO’S WITH US? 

Email Lyndsey if you want to participate.  Although she requested to be told by 21st June, she has extended this to early July – so please email Lyndsey.baxter@automaticretailing.com

You will receive all the information you need along with a fundraising pack full of tips for smashing your target.  You will also get an exclusive technical fibre t-shirt to wear with pride for your challenge and access to our expert training zone where you can find training guides, trekking tips, and advice.

 A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION

Ben Nevis (Gaelic translation ‘Mountain of Heaven’) itself is the highest point in Scotland and the British Isles, standing at the lofty height of 1343m (roughly 4000ft). Fort William, on the southern edge of the Great Glen and located on a sea loch, is our base for the weekend. This is a long, arduous uphill trek which will provide you with a wonderful sense of achievement when you reflect on what you have done.

FITNESS LEVEL

This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. You will be supplied with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too – and we want you to have the time of your life!

The challenge attracts people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. Go at your own pace, this is not a race.

For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

THE SUMMIT

While it is definitely possible for an amateur to reach the summit, the main thing to keep in mind is that Ben Nevis is not to be underestimated. It is a difficult and potentially dangerous climb and takes an average of 4 hours to climb with a further 2-3 hours to climb back down

The estimated calories that you will burn are around 3000 calories.

Warm, wind and waterproof clothing are essential. This should include gloves, hat, fully waterproof and windproof jacket, and trousers and spare clothing such as a warm sweater or fleece.

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR YOUR CLIMB

How long does it take to climb Ben Nevis?

It really depends on your level of fitness, the weather conditions and how many breaks you take to admire the views. It will usually take between 7 – 9 hours to complete following the Mountain Track, with an approximate ascent of 3.5 – 4.5 hours to the summit.

How tough is it to climb?

It’s a long and arduous climb and you might have stiff legs the following day, but the feeling of accomplishment when you scale the tallest mountain in the United Kingdom is pretty tough to beat.

How high is it?

A lofty 1,345 m. To put it into perspective, the London Eye stands at 135 m and Big Ben at 96 m high.

Do I need a map and a compass?

Although the Mountain Track is reasonably easy to follow on a clear day, it’s essential to have both a map and a compass and know how to use them especially if there is poor visibility during the climb.

More detailed information can be found on numerous websites.  The one we found useful was https://www.mountainwalk.co.uk/benneviswalk.html

LET’S MAKE HYLTON PROUD

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