Why the Three Peaks Challenge?
For Andrew Smith, this challenge has been an important part of his life for almost ten years. ‘I literally got to the top of Mt Bogong on my hands and knees in 2011 and haven't been able to leave it since,’ he says.
Wanda set herself the daring personal challenge and quotes the difficulty of 2020 as the reason she signed up. ‘We learned last year that together we can make a difference, so I’m doing what I can do to challenge myself and give back to society.’
Shireen chose to participate to develop herself as a person and learn from her challenges and failures. ‘Challenge means that you chose to grow. And as I grow, so does the team I lead.’
For nature enthusiast Lisa, it was an easy choice. ‘I love the outdoors,’ she told us. ‘I had climbed Mount Bogong in January and couldn't get enough!’
The most memorable moments
From the rugged landscape of Razorback Ridge to the friendly support of fellow participants, the trip had no shortage of memorable moments.
‘It doesn’t matter how many times you scale to the top of Bogong,’ says Andrew. ‘It still brings up an enormous sense of emotional uplift - this year was no exception...or maybe I'm just a big sook!’
Importantly, Andrew believes that this year brought more awareness to Whitelion and the people they support, as they got to sit down and listen to two young people tell their story.
‘Apart from the incredible views and amazing team spirit, for me, the most touching moment was when Lisa, Wanda and Andrew waited back for me at Mt Hotham,’ shared Shireen. ‘Here we took a final picture of us at the peak.’