AN INTREPID Arbroath man successfully completed his endurance charity adventure in the wilds of Scotland at the weekend.
Andy Jarret and friend Andy Milne from Portlethen took on 66 miles of Scottish wilderness by foot, bicycle and kayak for the Forces Children’s Charity over Saturday night and Sunday.
The pair climbed Ben Nevis on Saturday with the intention of staying overnight, but conditions forced them to descend and camp near the visitor centre.
The next morning they set out towards Fort William where they cycled the 30 miles along the Great Glen Way to Fort Augustus before switching to kayaks and paddling the remaining 30 miles along Loch Ness to the Kessock Bridge.
Conditions were not ideal according to Andy Jarret, but the pair soldiered on for the cause and completed the Summit2Sea part two expedition in approximately 15 hours.
Andy explained: “We knew the kayaking would be tough because Loch Ness can never be underestimated and the final couple of hours were exhausting.
“The wind can and did change throughout the day and the Loch is well known for its unusual wave patterns as well as its illustrious resident!
“Ben Nevis also gave us a good test right at the start because the weather was poor and we were walking in the dark for much of the way.
“Even in June there’s still snow up there so we had to carry plenty of warm gear with us.
“Saying all that, we managed to keep a pretty tight schedule and finished just about bang on time.”
The trip also had some surprises in store for the duo. Andy explained: “We met another couple of adventurers on Ben Nevis in the pitch dark at 1 a.m. when we thought no-one else would be daft enough to be on the hill!
“They were taking part in the well known Three Peaks Challenge and were off to bag Scafell Pike and Snowdon straight after.
“We both gave each other a bit of a fright when we almost bumped into each other.”
When he was asked if there would be a third event on the horizon Andy admitted: “We are definitely daft enough, because this is the second year in succession we’ve done an endurance event after Ben Macdui to Spey Bay last year.
“I’m not sure how we’re going to ‘top’ Ben Nevis though!”
To date the pair have raised over £1,000, with more money still to be collected.
Both men extended thanks to everyone who has sponsored them so far.
Donations can be made at http://www.justgiving.com/summit2sea-part2.