Stob Bàn; not Ben Nevis. Photo: Boon Low CC BY-ND 2.0

Stob Bàn; not Ben Nevis. Photo: Boon Low CC BY-ND 2.0

A group of hapless Three Peaks Challengers climbed the wrong mountain and got lost on another.

The six, from Cricklade in Wiltshire, set out to walk up Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in memory of their friend Wayne Wilson, who died from leukaemia.

But the challenge got off to a bad start when, instead of heading up Britain’s highest mountain, they took a wrong turn and ended up summiting Stob Bàn, the 999m (3,278ft) munro 6km (3¾ miles) away in the Mamores.

Ben Nevis, the mountain Team Wayne should have walked up

Ben Nevis, the mountain Team Wayne should have walked up

Undeterred, the six boarded their minibus and headed south to Wasdale Head to tackle Scafell Pike.

Sadly, all but two of the team had to turn back due to various injuries, leaving the pair to attempt the summit in darkness. By midnight, the walkers had still not returned. One had left his mobile phone in the minibus and the other had no signal, so their worried colleagues rang 999.

The mountain rescue team explained that, with their equipment and in the benign weather, they would be safe spending the night on the mountain. A second call to mountain rescue confirmed their assessment, but at first light two of their injured companions set off up Scafell Pike to try to find them.

The would-be rescuers were told by a walker that he had seen the pair, Mike Murray and Carl Wright, heading in the wrong direction and they did eventually turn up – on the wrong side of the mountain, in Eskdale.

After that, the attempt on Snowdon was abandoned, and the team headed for home.

Despite their mishaps, they still managed to raise almost £10,000 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Team member Damien Davis said after the event: “It’s safe to say that we got lucky. We’ve had some advice from a former member of the Royal Air Force mountain rescue service who has advised us to ensure we are properly prepared before we try anything like this again.

“Rest assured, we will make sure we have learned the necessary skills, gain the right knowledge, and get a competent experienced team member along with us – not to mention making sure every single member of the team has a compass and map.

“No-one came to harm and we can all enjoy a chuckle at our mishaps – but we need to remember that people do sustain serious injuries and sometimes worse on our mountains.

“If anyone else is thinking of attempting the Three Peaks Challenge, please, please make sure you are properly prepared.”

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