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At 1,344m (4,409 feet) Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Britain and provides a challenging uphill hike of some 10 miles for those prepared to risk foul weather, high winds, mist, fog, rain, snow and ice. If they are lucky they might experience some of the most glorious wide, wild views in the whole of Britain.
Rotarians Danny Lawrence and Gerry Buggle, respectively President and Secretary of the Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside, are undertaking the challenging hike as a sponsored fund-raiser for La Danse Fantastique, the local theatre arts school for young people with special needs.
They are planning a progress blog and pictures throughout the weekend. They have raised over £1100 for this charity so far and are looking forward to the challenge. However, with the weight of the extra gear they must carry, the ardour of the climb and their having passed the first flush of spirited (and fit) youth, this really is an arduous undertaking.
They set off on Friday, first for Glasgow and then on to Fort William, the trek’s starting point. They plan to get home on Monday. If you would like to support them, just pledge a donation to the Club for La Danse Fantastique.