MEDIA RELEASE: All-vegan team completes UK 3 peaks challenge!
From 13:00 3rd May to 12:25 4th May 2009, an all-vegan team completed the famous UK Three Peaks Challenge. They successfully climbed the highest mountains in Wales (Mt Snowdon), England (Scafell Pike) and Scotland ( Ben Nevis ), in less than 24 hours. They walked, ran and limped some 25 miles (40 km), climbed around 10,000 feet (3,050 m), and drove nearly 500 miles between the three countries, averaging less than two hours sleep!
Fortunately, however, the climbers did have one important advantage. All are members of the Extreme Vegan Sporting Association, which means that as well as being naturally skilled at doing extremely silly things, they are committed vegans, and therefore enjoy certain important advantages over meat-eating mountaineers, such as higher antioxidant status ― which speeds exercise recovery. The vegan guarana tablets also helped, as did the super-comfy vegan boots, energising vegan sheese and flapjacks, supplied by their kindly sponsors on this all-vegan expedition. Non-vegan food or equipment was banned.
Although the free vegan food was admittedly a major motivation, the main reason for climbing these mountains was to raise money for Animals Count ― a UK political party for people and animals. The team raised around 1,900, which helped Animals Count contest the EU elections on 4th June 2009. This was the first time a UK political party for animals will have contested these elections (the results will be out tomorrow 8th June). By doing so Animals Count aims to increase the consideration given to animal issues by all political parties.
Photos and a video of this event have just been added to the story online at www.vegan3peaks. info. The snowstorms on the summit of Ben Nevis , Scotland , are particularly dramatic.