It was a great team building opportunity and a exciting event to take part in for a charity which supports the whole Service

Lieutenant Simon Reeves Royal Navy

Next, the lowest of the three mountains, Scafell Pike, a ‘mere’ 3,200ft. An ascent which should have begun in darkness began at dawn thanks to roadworks, before the sailor leading the climb decided to pick the ‘scenic route’ to the top, but the sailors nevertheless made it in four hours.

Traffic hampered the final climb too, leaving them just three hours to make Snowdon’s summit. Every one of the sailors hit the deadline – allowing a few minutes to celebrate before returning to Pompey.

The ten climbers’ efforts helped raise £800 for their chosen good cause.

“It was a great team building opportunity and a exciting event to take part in for a charity which supports the whole Service. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, even if my legs didn’t!” said the minehunter’s second-in-command Lieutenant Simon Reeves.