Mountain drama for fundraising firefighter

3 PEAKS CHALLENGE
3 PEAKS CHALLENGE

A KIND-hearted climber came to the rescue when a group got lost during a gruelling mountain adventure.

The ordeal unfolded as James Clark and his pals took part in the Three Peaks Challenge - to climb three of Britain’s highest mountains in less than 24-hours.

But as James and his colleagues descended Scafell Pike, in Cumbria, in the middle of the night, they heard a voice shouting for help.

It turned out a group of five lost climbers had been stuck on the mountain for six hours and were more than a little relieved to be found.

James (41) and his friends are keen hillwalkers and trained for three months for the challenging Three Peaks event.

By climbing Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, in just 22-hours 55 minutes, they raised more than £5,500 for Help for Heroes, the firefighters charity, Christian Aid and the Cumberland Infirmary Special Care Baby Unit.

James is watch commander at Bishopbriggs Fire Station.He said: “I’m delighted we completed the challenge.

“We’re all avid hillwalkers and wanted to do something that would push us a little bit harder. That’s why we chose the Three Peaks event.

“It was enjoyable, but we found it a challenge, especially with the lack of sleep.

“These are the highest climbs in the UK and the weather was incredibly cold and wet. The hardest was Scafell Pike, because we climbed it from 11.45pm-4am, with no visibility.

“We were totally focused and then through the darkness we heard this voice shouting for help.

“They weren’t injured, but they were soaked, cold and hungry and they asked to come down with us.”

Before becoming a firefighter more than 15 years ago, James served in the Royal Corps of Signals.

He added: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to raise money doing something we enjoy and I hope what we have managed to give to our charities makes a difference.”