Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bed Nevis

When I was in Scotland I had the misconceived idea that I would be able to climb Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK on May 26, the day after finishing my 154 km West Highland Way walk. So I found the following article, copied from The Scotsman very interesting. You will note that the following antic occurred a whole month after I was planning to do the climb. Note also the snow!

Picture: HeMedia

Published on 28/06/2013 14:13
STAFF from budget hotel chain Travelodge heaved a replica of one of their new model rooms to the top of Ben Nevis - raising £50,000 for charity in the process.

The 36-person expedition climbed the 1,344 metre peak carrying all the component parts of the room including bed, duvet, and a chair with all money pulled in by the effort going towards Macmillan Cancer Support.

The team embarked on their quest at 6.30am on Thursday 27th June 2013 and it took them four hours to ascend Ben Nevis, two hours to construct the room and two hours and 30 minutes to descend. 
Paul Harvey, Travelodge Managing Director for Property & International said: “Travelodge is renowned for building innovative hotels and we certainly love a good challenge. So as part of our fundraising programme, we thought it would be a good idea to take our new Travelodge room to new heights and you don’t get any higher in the UK than the summit of Bed Nevis.”

The summit of Ben Nevis however is no stranger to hotel room. From 1894 to 1916 it was home to the Temperance hotel which provided accommodation for climbers during the summer months.