On Friday 8th May 2009, Michael and five friends, Gavin Wright (driver), John Saunders, Owen Moran, Sean Richards and Simon Page,
set off from Frodsham to complete the 3 Peaks challenge in under 24 hours. They travelled by car together with a Gavin to Ben Nevis.
They started the challenge at 5.10pm from Glen Nevis to climb the Pony Track to the summit.
At 1,344 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles.
They gained the summit in driving snow but in daylight.
Visibility was zero and navigation almost impossible. They returned to base at 9.10pm, having made the climb and descent in 4 hours.|
They were then driven to Scafell Pike in The Lake District. At 978 metres (3,209 ft), Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England.
They set off from Wasdale Head at 4.00am Saturday 9th May 2009, in the dark. They arrived back at Wasdale at 7am, after 3 hours of climbing.
Finally to Snowden in North Wales. They started from Pen y pass at 12.10pm and climbed the Miner’s track to the summit at 1,085 metres (3,560 ft).
The weather at the summit was horrific and the worst they were to come across during the challenge.
They all described the summit weather as the heaviest winds any of them had ever experienced, driving rain in severe gusts. They returned by the same track arriving at Pen y pass at 3.40pm.
The full 3 peaks was completed in 22.5 hours.