A TRIO of Falkirk trekkers will be taking on a triple challenge this weekend.
David Seel, Dave Gibson and Wojciech Kryzsak are attempting to climb Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike in just 24 hours.
The three, who are all members of Falkirk Baptist Church, will be raising money for Christ in Action Scotland, an organisation which originated in America.
The US branch has provided help and support in the aftermath of crises, including 9-11 and the Haiti earthquake.
David has been instrumental in the setting up of the organisation in this country, and the first stage of its work will be on a much more local scale – providing crisis intervention for young people.
Money raised by the climbers will fund this, and it will be carried out through Camelon-based Quiet Waters (formerly Crossline).
David, who will begin his probationary year teaching religious and moral education at Denny High after the holidays, said: “A crisis for a young person can be caused by anything from a death of a family member to parents splitting up, or even something as simple as a pet dying.
“We want to help young people get over these types of things and show them that they still have potential to do a lot with their lives.”
David (34) has undergone training with the organisation in the US, but hopes eventually that they will be able to offer the same training here.
This would allow members to be deployed to disaster areas to provide help and assistance to the local people.
To prepare for the feat, the three have been climbing some of the local peaks,
David said: “I’ve probably done the most training, because Wojciech is a bus driver and works at the weekend so I’ve been going out with him during the week, and Dave, who works at Carron Bathrooms, is off at weekends so I’ve been going out with him too separately.”
The team will start with Ben Nevis on Friday morning, which will take approximately five hours, followed by a six-hour drive to Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
Climbing England’s highest mountain will take around five hours, and then there will be a four-hour drive to Wales, where Snowdon will take around four hours to ascend.
David added: “It’s going to be tough.
“It’s an outrageous challenge but we wanted to do something where people would think we were doing something difficult and make them want to sponsor us for it.
“Initially I’d been going to do a 100 km cycle - I think that might’ve been easier!”
For more information, or to sponsor the team, go to www.ciascotland.org.