As Venture Scouts we'd already embarked on several previous summer expeditions that involved some kind of challenge.
In 1998 we'd canoed from Fort William to Inverness, via the mighty Loch Ness, in our Coast to Coast Expedition.
In 1999 we paddled over 100 miles of the River Wye from Glasbury to the Severn Bridge at Chepstow. In 2000 we covered similar mileage on the River Thames, from Cricklade to Windsor. And in 2001 we'd tackled the River Tay in Scotland.
But in the summer of 2003 we embarked on what was to be the expedition to top all the previous expeditions.
First the team were to climb Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis - the 3 highest peaks in the British Isles.
Next, they were to swap walking boats for boats and paddle over 75 miles of the River Spey - Scotlands fastest flowing river. And all this in just 6 days.
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