Intrepid climbers: Richard Francis, brother and organiser with Gary Watkins

LBS endurance champ climbs Three Peaks to aid cousin

Published:  29 June, 2012

WALES: Gary Watkins, assistant branch manager at LBS's civils branch in Ammanford, took on the British Three Peaks Challenge to help his 28-year-old cousin Gareth, who has been diagnosed with a high grade brain tumour.

It was a great success for the group's chosen charity, the Gareth-Wyn Francis Appeal and raised over £1000. 

The first climb was Scotland and Britain's Highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Ascent to summit was 1344 m (4409 ft) completed in a very respectable three hours. It was a hot day, with average temperatures of around 25°C, but by the time the team reached the summit, weather conditions changed with high winds, cold

temperatures, and a coverage of 6ft of snow!  

The following day, the group climbed England's highest peak, Scafell Pike. Ascent to summit was 978 m (3209 ft) completed in just under two hours, with lear views from the summit looking on to the Isle of Man. 

The last climb was Wales' very own Snowdon. Ascent 1085 m (3560 ft).

The team were suffering with tiredness and exhaustion from hiking and over 20 hours of travelling, but still ascended the mountain in just over two hours. 

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