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Phil Packer | 11:08 UK time, Thursday, 11 March 2010


We did it! Kate Silverton and I have completed our epic three peak challenge for Sport Relief.

I was injured two years ago whilst on operational duty and was told it was highly unlikely I would walk again. Since that moment, my focus has been not only to walk again but also to inspire other people, particularly young people with disabilities.

I invited the BBC's Kate Silverton to join me on what turned out to be an epic journey, undertaken after one of the worst winters on record.

You can see our photos from Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, and pictures of Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Clive Woodward joining us for the final peak, on the 5 live flickr stream.

We started out last Friday at Ben Nevis...

At about 100 metres from the top, a blizzard and complete white-out led to the decision by our climb leader, Andy Kirkpatrick, to turn back for the team's safety. We were delighted to receive a message from the Ben Nevis Mountain Rescue Team congratulating us on our challenge and for making the right decision to come down and reinforcing the message of safety.

We were driven through the night to Scafell Pike and reached the Summit on Saturday evening - another overnight journey - and arrived at Mount Snowdon behind schedule. Rather than climb down in the pitch dark again, we camped out part way up the mountain in sub-zero temperatures, in order to allow us to complete the challenge. We summited Snowdon at 1.50pm and arrived jubilant back in Pen y Pass at 5pm Monday evening.

We are absolutely delighted to have done it; it has been a super adventure. Kate and I knew each other well before we started and, along with the team around us, we have finished this journey as great friends for a challenge completed in the spirit of Sport Relief.

We hope we have encouraged and enthused others to take on their own Sport Relief challenge and are grateful to everyone who has supported us and donated via our Sport Relief donation page. Particular thanks go to the National Parks and everyone who has donated their time to help us reach our goal.

Major Phil Packer is an Iraq War veteran, who now devotes his time to raising money to help young people.



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