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Hike the highest peaks in the UK for stroke survivors this September

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Join Mountember Event to help Jk House Training Centre raise awareness and essential funds for the ARNI Institute in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors.

JK House Training Centre is running the Muntember Event to raise money for stroke survivors. Participants can decide between four peaks to hike every weekend in September. 

Whether participants will walk one or all four peaks, sign ups are open to both beginners and advanced hikers.

With a £25 registration charge for any peaks, participants will be asked to raise a minimum of £250 per person, all of which will go direct to the charity. Jk House Training Centre is advising people to use its fundraising page on JustGiving.

It costs ARNI around £500 to train each specialist so that everyone that can raise the £200 will be giving someone a chance to get cheaper training in turn, giving a stroke survivor a chance to become more self efficient and to start living their lives again.

The four walks are: Hevellyn, Swirral Edge and Striding edge, Pen y Fan, Mountain Snowdon and Ben Nevis.

PEN Y FAN – SEPTEMBER 3 (09:30 START)

Meeting at Garwnant, you will all be shuttled to your starting points, beginners will start at the base of Pen Y Fan and travel up the tourist route to reach the summit and travel back down after photos and meeting up with the others.

Intermediate and hard walkers will start at the Storey Arms Centre, and climbing Corn Du, then trekking across to Pen Y Fan to meet up for photos and the Beginners.

Beginners and Intermediate walkers will then head back down the tourist path back to the car park for a nice brew, the hard walkers however will leave pen y fan and head towards Cribyn then circling round and heading back up one last time up to Pen Y Fan, this is the hard route for a reason.

To sign up click here.

HELVELLYN, SWIRRAL EDGE AND STRIDING EDGE 2022 – SEPTEMBER 10 (09:00 START)

Part of the Mountember Event, Tackling Helvellyn, the start is the small car park adjacent to Wythburn Church, follow the path we will be doing a steep climb and after taking in some of the views we will breach the summit. Those that are up for a further mind-bending challenge will start the scramble onto Swirral Edge and heading round a big loop around the Red Tarn, passing Hole-in-the-wall before heading back along Striding Edge and then down Helvellyn and back to the cars. 

Striding Edge and Swirral Edge will only be attempted if the weather conditions are OK and safe for us to tackle.

To sign up click here.

SNOWDON 2022 – SEPTEMBER 17 (09:30 START)

Part of the Mountember Event, This path up Snowdon is thought to be the easiest of the six main routes to the summit. Before the road through Llanberis Pass was built, men lugged copper ore from the Britannia Copper Mine on Snowdon up the eastern side of the mountain to Bwlch Glas.

Horses would then draw the ore down on a sledge along this path to the shores of Llyn Cwellyn to be transported by horse and cart to Caernarfon.

The path was named in English after a mountain guide called John Morton who called himself the ‘Snowdon Ranger’. At the beginning of the nineteenth century he built an inn on the site where the Youth Hostel stands today, opposite the car park. The inn was known as the ‘Snowdon Ranger’, ‘Snowdon Inn’ or ‘Glanllyn’ (meaning ‘lakeside’), from where he would guide visitors to the summit of Snowdon along this path.

The path climbs gradually up to, and around the slopes of Moel Cynghorion to Bwlch Cwm Brwynog. It then climbs steeply over the shoulder above Clogwyn Du’r Arddu before merging with the Llanberis path, and then the Pyg and Miners’ tracks at Bwlch Glas, and then on to the summit.

This event has also a Snowdon Warrior option that will allow you to conquer the mountain not once but twice. For more information visit here.

To sign up click here.

BEN NEVIS 2022 – SEPTEMBER 24 (08:00 START)

Part of the Mountember Event, Meeting at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, we will be following the steep path up the side of the mountain, we will be encountering some rock scrambling along with uneven footing. As we gain ground on the summit be prepared for the snow and almost instant weather change. It’s easy to become lost towards the top so make sure you have your eyes on at least one of the guides at this point. Temperatures can fall fast so warm clothing is a must, making sure it’s easy to grab.
You will have the option to turn back at the halfway lagoon and a guide will bring you back down safely while the others press onto the summit.

Intermediate: Starting off at the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre, crossing the bridge across the river and heading up the mountain. The journey up is a zig zag up the side of the mountain with a brief river crossing before tackling the hard bit. Rock scrambling will be an ongoing thing up the mountain and very easy to lose your footing. The weather can change very fast, and snow is almost a certainty. We will be coming back down the same way you went up.

To sign up click here.

Unlike most other illnesses when once diagnosed treatment is administered and a normal life can resume, with a stroke an entire change of life is needed. Learning how to speak, talk, move, walk and remember is a daily and sometimes impossible challenge. With the help of charities like ARNI we aim to let stroke survivors live life again.

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