Charitable peaks trek is beset by problems

Mike Buss and the team during their Three Peaks Challenge

Mike Buss and the team during their Three Peaks Challenge

First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @EmmaDunnn

A BLOWN tyre, no mobile phone signal and a three-hour wait for a mechanic failed to stop fundraisers from taking part in a 24-hour charity trek up the Three Peaks.

Marathon man Mike Buss, led a team of eight people from Swindon to raise £500 for military charities last weekend.

Mike said: “When we reached the summit of Ben Nevis, the weather was closing in fast, cloud cover was low, visability was down to no more than 20m.

“Heading down the mountain the weather was getting worse, the cloud cover getting lower and the first sign of rain was coming. The team made it up and down the mountain in a respectable five-and-a-half hours.

“We then started driving to Scafell Pike in the Lake District. When we were on the country lanes in the late night of Saturday, disaster struck. The minibus had a tyre blow out, and with no signal to call for recovery, the team attempted to change the tyre, but with the spare welded to the undercarriage of the minibus, I had no choice but to head for the nearest civilisation as there was no mobile phone reception.”

Mike and his team were stranded for three hours, which blew their chance of hitting the 24-hour target for all three mountains.

“Once the RAC man had sorted the spare wheel, the team had decided that due to the loss of time and the weather reaching extremely bad conditions, it would be best to go straight on to Snowdon and miss out Scafell,” said Mike.

They reached Snowdon by 7am on Sunday and started the climb but they were faced with heavy rain and 50mph winds.

“The point of no return had passed and it was a climb to the summit as fast as possible,” said Mike.

“The team really attacked the mountain with a two-hour climb to the summit. The summit showed its true force with possibly the worse weather I have seen in Snowdon in five years during normal climbing season.

“The group made it down against all odds in a good time of three hours. They did great to summit two of the three mountains, and the two toughest mountains at that.”

Mike is running an extreme three peaks challenge on February 1, which is only open to experienced mountain walkers.

He thanked Lime Square Vehicle Rental Ltd who donated the minibus free of charge, as well as ISO2 Nutrition, Aligra Recruitment, Hi-Tec, OMM, Craghoppers and Leki. To book a place on a future trek call Mike on 07791 356 482 or email activelifeuk@hotmail.com

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12:49pm Tue 25 Sep 12

blahblahblahblah says...

so 8 people paid £450 each to raise £500? seems like Mr Buss might be claiming his food and rent as *costs* for these charity events to me.
so 8 people paid £450 each to raise £500? seems like Mr Buss might be claiming his food and rent as *costs* for these charity events to me. blahblahblahblah
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1:00pm Tue 25 Sep 12

Damo76 says...

At least they found the summit of Ben Nevis! This has inspired me to relaunch the Team Wayne 3 Peaks attempt! Congrats on your efforts guys!
At least they found the summit of Ben Nevis! This has inspired me to relaunch the Team Wayne 3 Peaks attempt! Congrats on your efforts guys! Damo76
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1:14pm Tue 25 Sep 12

timt1964 says...

"no mobile signal",oh the humanity,thought mr bus was an ex soldier.surely he can survive without a mobile?! are you sure the bus didnt just have a puncture or is it more dramatic to say it had a "blow out"?! the only time these challenges seem to be in the adver are when everythings gone wrong.as for poor weather up snowdon what did they expect tropical sunshine? the adver has made a hike sound like going to the moon.
"no mobile signal",oh the humanity,thought mr bus was an ex soldier.surely he can survive without a mobile?! are you sure the bus didnt just have a puncture or is it more dramatic to say it had a "blow out"?! the only time these challenges seem to be in the adver are when everythings gone wrong.as for poor weather up snowdon what did they expect tropical sunshine? the adver has made a hike sound like going to the moon. timt1964
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1:02am Fri 28 Sep 12

mikebuss says...

blahblahblahblah wrote:
so 8 people paid £450 each to raise £500? seems like Mr Buss might be claiming his food and rent as *costs* for these charity events to me.
A small group of 8 local people approached me to lead a 3 Peaks Challenge, they did not have large funds to pay an organisation to run the event for them which in most cases costs over £600 per person.

I charge at full rate £450 of which after all expenses of the challenge I donate to charity.

This group did not have the funds to pay the normal rate of £450 per person and I sat down with them and sorted a large discount for them so they could do the challenge. So that is why there is only £500 raised!

Instead of calling yourself blahblahblah maybe you could offer your name instead of hiding behind the internet.

My organised challenges such as the one in May 2013 cost £450 per person and after fuel and paying staff such as drivers and the food and accomodation for the group all profits of this challenge goes to charity.

I run a not for profit business and have a very open book organisation, we have nothing to hide

Being an ex-soldier I dedicate personal challenges and put on challenges for others to help wounded soldiers.

My organisation also compete and put on other charitable events for forces and non-forces charities, such as last weekend myself and 9 members of my Bootcamp raised over £1000 for a local charity.

This coming weekend Myself and a team of 11members of my Bootcamp will be taking part in Operation Commando, a two day adventure challenge in South Wales, again of which the team have raised several hundred £s already.
I have been made ambassador for this charitable event for my services for charity.

I am dedicated to raising as much for charity and wounded soldiers and if an article in the local paper helps get more donations then that is a bonus and often happens when an article goes live,the adver have been responsible for helping me raise thousands for charity and Im very thankful for that, if you dont want to read about events I get involved in, turn the page and stop your sad negative comments
[quote][p][bold]blahblahblahblah[/bold] wrote: so 8 people paid £450 each to raise £500? seems like Mr Buss might be claiming his food and rent as *costs* for these charity events to me.[/p][/quote]A small group of 8 local people approached me to lead a 3 Peaks Challenge, they did not have large funds to pay an organisation to run the event for them which in most cases costs over £600 per person. I charge at full rate £450 of which after all expenses of the challenge I donate to charity. This group did not have the funds to pay the normal rate of £450 per person and I sat down with them and sorted a large discount for them so they could do the challenge. So that is why there is only £500 raised! Instead of calling yourself blahblahblah maybe you could offer your name instead of hiding behind the internet. My organised challenges such as the one in May 2013 cost £450 per person and after fuel and paying staff such as drivers and the food and accomodation for the group all profits of this challenge goes to charity. I run a not for profit business and have a very open book organisation, we have nothing to hide Being an ex-soldier I dedicate personal challenges and put on challenges for others to help wounded soldiers. My organisation also compete and put on other charitable events for forces and non-forces charities, such as last weekend myself and 9 members of my Bootcamp raised over £1000 for a local charity. This coming weekend Myself and a team of 11members of my Bootcamp will be taking part in Operation Commando, a two day adventure challenge in South Wales, again of which the team have raised several hundred £s already. I have been made ambassador for this charitable event for my services for charity. I am dedicated to raising as much for charity and wounded soldiers and if an article in the local paper helps get more donations then that is a bonus and often happens when an article goes live,the adver have been responsible for helping me raise thousands for charity and Im very thankful for that, if you dont want to read about events I get involved in, turn the page and stop your sad negative comments mikebuss
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1:08am Fri 28 Sep 12

mikebuss says...

timt1964 wrote:
"no mobile signal",oh the humanity,thought mr bus was an ex soldier.surely he can survive without a mobile?! are you sure the bus didnt just have a puncture or is it more dramatic to say it had a "blow out"?! the only time these challenges seem to be in the adver are when everythings gone wrong.as for poor weather up snowdon what did they expect tropical sunshine? the adver has made a hike sound like going to the moon.
I have no problem with surviving without a mobile, Ive climbed mountains all my life, but when I have the safety of novice climbers in my charge I take safety very seriously! Instead of mocking what was a very tough event in the end where many 3Peaks groups that weekend did not make it round and had to abandon their challenge, get your wallet out and make a donation to a charity, on behalf of this group that did a bloody good job in very bad weather conditions.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: "no mobile signal",oh the humanity,thought mr bus was an ex soldier.surely he can survive without a mobile?! are you sure the bus didnt just have a puncture or is it more dramatic to say it had a "blow out"?! the only time these challenges seem to be in the adver are when everythings gone wrong.as for poor weather up snowdon what did they expect tropical sunshine? the adver has made a hike sound like going to the moon.[/p][/quote]I have no problem with surviving without a mobile, Ive climbed mountains all my life, but when I have the safety of novice climbers in my charge I take safety very seriously! Instead of mocking what was a very tough event in the end where many 3Peaks groups that weekend did not make it round and had to abandon their challenge, get your wallet out and make a donation to a charity, on behalf of this group that did a bloody good job in very bad weather conditions. mikebuss
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2:53pm Mon 1 Oct 12

cheesecakejake says...

I have just comepleted the National Three Peaks Challenge this weekend and I have to comment on those people who have felt the need to leave negative and spitful remarks.

I have never climbed a mountain in my life and I think that blahblah and Timt1964 probably think, like I did that it would a nice hike up a path on the side of a mountain.

Well instead of wasting their time leaving negative comments I suggest that they perhaps get off their bums go and try scrambling up the side of Snowdon on the miners trail, not the "tourist" track in 60 mile an hour winds which do literally blow you off your feet, rain stinging your face and unable to see whilst walking in a pair of boots that has at least an inch of water in them, due to the fact that nothing is waterproof, no matter what they say and how much it cost you ....

And then, once you have done that then please feel free to mock anoyone who has tried.

I paid almost £500 for this experience and raised just over £200 for my charirty. It was £200 that they did not have last week, so I think it does not matter how much you raise, anything helps.

There, I feel better now and I hope blahblahblh and timt1964 can maybe open theirs eyes a bit more and see just how tough it maybe was and go and do something a bit more productive with their time.
I have just comepleted the National Three Peaks Challenge this weekend and I have to comment on those people who have felt the need to leave negative and spitful remarks. I have never climbed a mountain in my life and I think that blahblah and Timt1964 probably think, like I did that it would a nice hike up a path on the side of a mountain. Well instead of wasting their time leaving negative comments I suggest that they perhaps get off their bums go and try scrambling up the side of Snowdon on the miners trail, not the "tourist" track in 60 mile an hour winds which do literally blow you off your feet, rain stinging your face and unable to see whilst walking in a pair of boots that has at least an inch of water in them, due to the fact that nothing is waterproof, no matter what they say and how much it cost you .... And then, once you have done that then please feel free to mock anoyone who has tried. I paid almost £500 for this experience and raised just over £200 for my charirty. It was £200 that they did not have last week, so I think it does not matter how much you raise, anything helps. There, I feel better now and I hope blahblahblh and timt1964 can maybe open theirs eyes a bit more and see just how tough it maybe was and go and do something a bit more productive with their time. cheesecakejake
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