Hard Rock Challenge - One More Scottish Route, Then South

© Mick Ryan -
Two days ago it was "Not Really Going to Plan," now they are having a celebratory curry before their last route in Scotland, The Bat on Ben Nevis.

Rich Mayfield and Mark Stevenson have completed 44 routes out of Ken Wilson's Hard Rock book and have 16 routes to do in 10 days, these routes being the remaining North Wales routes then the South West, hopefully finishing on Friday the 17th of August then it is the Hard Rock Festival on the Saturday and Sunday -

Yesterday they completed Goliath and King Rat both at Dubh Loch, in howling winds then today they knocked off Trapeze at Aonach Dubh, Rick saying that they actually witnessed a shadow for the first time in Scotland and that Trapeze was the best route so far on the whole trip.

After tomorrow it is North Wales, Rich said that if the weather holds that they may even fit two rest days in before and that they needed it because they were feeling, "a little tired."

In other Hard Rock News, Sam Mayfield, the ever-pulsating orb at the centre of the Hard Rock Challenge Universe, bumped into Scottish funny man Billy Connolly and I'm sure, or at least I hope, we get the full story soon.

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8 Aug, 2007
Keep going team - its bound to be the hardest part of the trip & I can't imagine how its been for you all - I had the easiest leg it seems and I was shattered after that! The Challenge is such an awesome event & I don't think it will sink in until the Party & even well beyond that - In the meantime - dig deep and push on - just think of the Cornwall leg where its all ice cream & sun kissed granite... Go team!! ;0) Si
8 Aug, 2007
Did you quote all that verbiage from some motivational 'how to win friends and influence people and make a stack of ££££££££" book. Or did you think it up yourself ? Mick
8 Aug, 2007
I hope you are not imlying he sounds like a Cheerleader. Anyway the boys are doing fine, after The Bat it is all downhill.
8 Aug, 2007
The peak leg was a rollercoaster - and so just giving big up to the team - I can't even begin to understand 9 miles to a crag to climb it & not be able to!! The cheerleaders can be arranged although - Mick have you ever seen me in skirt? Ask Sutty - I carry it off alright by all accounts at his birthday party! si
9 Aug, 2007
Hi, Firstly I have to say how proud I am of the boys. No complaining and lots of enthusiasm despite the horrible conditions they've been climbing in most of the time. Well the boys set off to climb the bat at half six this morning in glorious sunshine! They were both up and out in record time ... It's amazing what a couple of days of sunshine can do. Sam has also wandered off to catch some footage of the boys taking a very excitable tufa with her. I've been left with cheryl to smile sweetly at anyone who comes near me and attempt to extract more donations. I'm hoping that they will all be back at about 12 then the plan is back down to wales via liverpool. Sam is doing a great job of getting us places and deserves a medal for all the hard work that she's put into this venture. Anyway, a huge thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far. The rest of you please consider giving something to mountain rescue via the hard rock website! Thank you Panda :o) Aka cook, baker, kicker of people who don't want to climb in the rain and adder up of the cost of this trip to the guys! What a way to spend the summer holidays.
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