Setting themselves the challenge of tackling the highest peaks of England, Scotland and Wales in 24 hours, a group of students from the Glasgow University Engineers Without Borders society, reflect on the ups and downs of their journey.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an international organisation that aims to remove barriers to development and alleviate poverty through the skillsets of engineering. We decided to mark our first year as a society at Glasgow University by tackling the issues of poverty head on and fundraise with an extreme challenge. We settled on completing the National Three Peaks Challenge, regardless of the weather. This involved us climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales in 24 hours on the weekend of March 20th.

   Crossing the Llyn Llydaw Reservoir walking the Miners' Track up Snowdon

For us, we couldn’t pass up on such a unique and challenging way to help raise money. It was set to push the entire group to our limits, and not to mention sound rather impressive. This was the perfect event for us as it not only helped to raise awareness for a great cause and the need for action, but was also something the whole society could get behind and really enjoy.

We knew the road ahead was going to be a long and difficult one, from organising and fundraising to actually doing the challenge, so we wanted to make certain that we could help make a real impact in impoverished areas. We needed a charity which would make good use of our efforts and Send a Cow was the perfect choice as it has a laser focus on tackling poverty and offers families support in Africa at a time when the importance of agriculture and development cannot be understated.

   We got a bit artistic first thing in the morning after a night's rest

Once the day arrived to tackle the challenge, the weather was stunning and we set foot on Ben Nevis in high spirits. Unfortunately, even though the day was braw (Scottish word for fine), Ben Nevis proved to be too dangerous to summit so we had to return to the buses and hope for a better climb of Scafell Pike. The other two hills proved to be tricky, but we soon managed to summit Scafell. Sadly, as the day drew in Snowdon also eluded us due to fading light.

All in all, despite the challenge being undoubtedly tough and despite a few blisters, we managed to return safely and had an amazing time together out on the peaks. It was incredibly rewarding for everyone involved. Even though we didn’t complete our challenge, we still achieved a lot thanks to the amazing donations made by so many friends, family and others. Its a great way to raise money and I urge everyone to get stuck in and raise money for Send a Cow too.