Caring Homes SMO climbs Ben Nevis for Children in Need
Posted on Monday 23rd November
Norrie Morrison, Senior Maintenance Officer with Caring Homes, undertook the Countryfile Ramble on the 10th of October and climbed to the summit of Ben Nevis (the highest point in the UK) raising £535 for Children in Need!
Norrie was also kind enough to provide us with a full account of his adventure, and you can read this below:
“I was watching Country File one weekend and they mentioned they were wanting everyone to do a ramble for Children in Need, so I decided that I would climb Ben Nevis for my sixth time on Saturday the 10th of October.
“I set off from Hawkhill House in Aberdeen, where I had been working that week, and travelled to Fort William for an early start on the Saturday morning.
“I started at around 8.00am and the weather was getting brighter; the sun was coming up and the mist was over the glen, it was going to be a good day!
“The climb to the halfway point and a little flat respite was quite hard but satisfying; the climb to the top is hard because, as you come over another rise, you think you are at the top but you are not and there is still a bit to go.
“Eventually the top was reached at 4,409 feet above sea level and I climbed up on to the cairn at the top and had my picture taken by the many other walkers on that day – approximately 400 at a guess.
“The walk back down was as hard as the climb but a very satisfying. My legs were like lead and I thought the next day I would not be able to even walk but, amazingly, when I rose in the morning I was ready to go again – only kidding.
“As I mentioned before, I have climbed Ben Nevis on five other occasions and only once been able to see any distance; on this occasion the views were great, just as I was leaving the summit the mist was just descending and I thought it would be a wet walk back down but I was wrong and all 400 of us walked down in bright sunshine.”
A huge well done to Norrie, and to all the other Caring Homes colleagues who participated in fundraising events for Children in Need recently.