Scottish Dive Team Hope to Set New Three Lake Challenge Record
A team from Scotland's Burghead Sub-Aqua Club (Burgsac) is taking up the 'Three Lakes Challenge' – to dive the three highest lakes of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.
The Three Lakes Challenge, pioneered by explorers and TV presenters Monty Halls and Andy Torbet, will be attempted by Burgsac members Kenny Munro (50), Matt Buckley (48), and Rob Pozzi (45). Not only must they dive all three lakes within 24 hours to complete the challenge, but they must also carry all of their own dive gear to each site, a total of 36km hiking over mountainous terrain. The team hope to beat Halls' and Torbet's time of 23 hours and 10 minutes by at least two hours.
The Three Lakes Challengers (from left to right): Kenny Munro, Matt Buckley and Rob Pozzi. Kenny and Rob will be doing the challenge in kilts...
The three lakes that feature in the challenge are Scotland's Loch Coire an Lochan, situated 996m up the northwestern slope of the Cairngorm's Breariach, Britain’s third highest mountain; Red Tarn, in the Lake District, which lies 718m up the western side of Helvellyn, the third-highest peak in England; and finally Ffynnon Lloer, located at an altitude of 650m within the Carneddau mountain range of Snowdonia, North Wales.
The team will cover approximately 700km during the round trip between locations, but access to each of the lakes once they reach their destination is limited. Red Tarn is accessible via a 3.5km-long narrow path from the nearest road and Ffynnon Lloer by a shorter, 1.5km-long pathway. Neither of these will be an easy task while carrying a full set of dive gear, which they must do unaided, but perhaps not as daunting as reaching Loch Coire an Lochan, which lies 13km from the nearest road, and there is no path at all.
Kenny, Matt and Rob are currently training hard, preparing to cope with they extremely arduous terrain and weather conditions that they will encounter during the challenge. The team is raising money for charity, with proceeds to be split equally between the RNLI (The Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and a replacement dive boat for the Burgsac club. Donations can be made through the team's JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kenny-munro-1
UPDATE: The team plan to start the walk to Loch Coire an Lochan at 4pm on Friday, 26 July, followed by an early morning dive at Red Tarn on Saturday and, if all goes to plan, finishing at Ffynnon Lloer before 1pm the same day.