National Three Peaks Prints
Way back last Century, we took our Gold 'Duke of Edinbugh's Award' students from Hatfield High School, Doncaster on the National Three Peaks - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis.
The HHS Team at Nant Gwynant Campsite, Snowdonia
Masterminded by our late friend and colleague Ian Cadle (far left in the above photo), the Challenge took place over 7 days (4 days travel and 3 days on the Peaks) at Whitsun 1990.
This was a superb team-building exercise and remains one of the best of the (literally) hundreds of out of school visits that I was involved with at Hatfield. (It also provided a great training trip for the students who went on to successfully complete their Gold Award expedition in the West Highlands a few weeks later!)
The trip also had a serious side - to raise money for a new School minibus - and this was achieved through a combination of sponsorship, donations and the sale of a specially commissioned set of prints of the 3 Peaks:
The originals were painted by local artist (and teacher at the School) Natalja Olejnicka and from these a limited edition of 400 prints of each mountain were produced.
We still have a number of these prints, which would make a great souvenir for anyone who has completed the Three National Peaks, and we have given much thought to what best to do with them.
Like many English Schools, Hatfield High School no longer exists, having metamorphosed into a 'Visual Arts College' and subsequently becoming an 'Academy'.
Over the past few years, we have guided various 'National Three Peaks Challenge' groups on Ben Nevis for 'Advocate Events Ltd' , the best of many Companies specialising in fund-raising challenge events. This has really opened our eyes to the vast numbers of people undertaking such events and the impact that an estimated 100,000 pairs of feet each year have on the Ben Nevis mountain path (also known as the 'Pony Track' or the 'Tourist Path').
One of the zig-zags on the Mountain Path, Ben Nevis
Ben Nevis is managed by 'The Nevis Partnership', a Scottish Registered Charity. Maintaining and repairing the mountain path is a major part of their remit - and a major use of their funds. We feel that it would be fitting - and something that Ian would have approved of - to use the remaining prints from our event to help to fund the upkeep of the path for future generations.
An upgraded and repaired section of The Mountain Path, Ben Nevis
Accordingly, any and all profits from the sale of these prints will be donated to 'The Nevis Partnership' for use towards the maintenance and repair of the Ben Nevis Mountain Path.
The Small Print!
Each print measures 34cm x 24cm. Prints are available either singly or as a set of three. They are supplied rolled in a cardboard postal tube and dispatched by Royal Mail Second Class Post. The price is inclusive of postage and packing.