A FATHER and son have climbed 11,000ft in under 31 hours to complete the National Three Peaks Challenge.
Nine-year-old Dan Teesdale and his dad, Nick, 43, of Carlby Road, Greatford, reached the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, to raise more than £700 for charity.
The challenge was young Dan’s idea. He said he loves climbing and wanted to do it for two worthy causes, Help for Heroes and WaterAid.
They were joined on the Ben Nevis trek by wife and mum Joanne Teesdale, 43, and grandpa Ronnie McBrearty, but were left on their own to travel and navigate on the rest of their journey.
Dan, a pupil at Copthill Primary School in Barnack Road, Uffington, said: “I just heard my dad talking about the three peaks and thought, ‘can we do that?’
“It went quite well and it was really fun.
“We had a great view at the top of Ben Nevis, but when we did Snowdon it was pretty challenging because it was so long. I was very tired but I really did feel under pressure to keep going because so many people had sponsored me to do it.
“I had one blister and I found it difficult to walk for a day or two after but I’m quite proud of myself that I’ve done it.”
After conquering the 4,409ft high Ben Nevis in Scotland, their scheduled route meant the pair had to climb Scafell Pike in the Lake District National Park through the night, reaching the peak at 6am.
They finished at Mount Snowdon the following evening, where Dan was awarded with a badge for his efforts at the Pen y Gwryd Hotel in Snowdonia, Wales.
Dad Nick, who was the designated driver for the journey, was really proud of his son and what he had achieved in both climbing the mountains and his fundraising efforts.
He said: “It was a very long way and I was amazed at how hard it was but Dan was incredible. He didn’t moan at all.
“We were racing the clock and it was Dan who really kept me going throughout it all.
“He had done all the fundraising and I’m very proud of him.”
The pair have raised more than £700, smashing their target of £500, which will be split between the two charities.
Dan is now hoping his achievement will inspire his classmates to set their own challenges as part of school initiative, the Challenge Scheme award.
Dan said: “I did an assembly at school to tell people what I had done and showed them pictures of the challenge.
“I’ve now got dreams of going to the Himalayas and climbing Mount Everest and K2.”
The pair are still collection sponsorship money.
To sponsor Dan and Nick, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/NickandDan