After 17 hours and 40 minutes, on the 21st July 2011, the marvellous Deaf-Blind team completed their ascent and descent of Ben Nevis. We believe that Michael Anderson is the first deaf and blind person to successfully complete the challenge, so many congratulations to him and to the team from all of us here at Red. Among the team was, of course, our very own Meg Jones, recruitment consultant and director of Red Recruitment, seen here on the far right:
The team set off at 4:15am and by 1pm had reached the summit. Sadly, though, Meg was not there with them. Not, of course, without a legitimate reason! A short way from the summit, a gentleman called Jim who had joined the group half way up and was climbing Ben Nevis in memory of his late wife, went into hypoglycaemic shock with suspected hypothermia. Meg and fellow DeafBlind team member George turned back to help him back down the mountain, forgoing their chance to complete the challenge.
At 9:55pm the rest of the team made their triumphant return to the bottom of the highest mountain in Britain – a fantastic achievement made by an inspirational team.
See walker Nina Smirnoff’s blog about it here, where you can also donate money to DeafBlind Scotland: http://networkedblogs.com/l83WO
And also George’s blog can be found here: http://self-catering-cottages-scotland.blogspot.com/