Whisky Magazine Issue 98
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Well by the time you read this the epic Bowmore Ben Nevis Challenge will be over and I will probably not be looking forward to tackling any big flights of stairs in a hurry.
I have never been in a room where the collective inhale of breath was quite so palpable as when challenge leader Ken Hames told us that this was the toughest challenge in the United Kingdom of its kind; and this from a long serving SAS officer and hardened adventurer.
Essentially the Ben Nevis event, supporting Capability Scotland, Scotland's best known disability organisation, sees teams of disabled and non-disabled people work together to take on the challenge of scaling the UK's highest peak.
The scale of the feat was brought home during a recent training weekend on Ben Ledi near Callander.
Although we have all been together for a previous training weekend, the idea is to form a slick unit that works as one, and this is what the Ben Ledi expedition was all about.
You very quickly managed to get the measure of yourself, not just in terms of physical fitness but mental strength as well.
Also it is about forming a bond of trust between everyone, learning each others' strengths and weaknesses.
We set off knowing that the path up the Ben deteriorated too much to get the specially adapted wheelchair to the summit, but there were enough technical sections to practise pushing, pulling, manoeuvring and manhandling the chair over obstacles and the mountainside terrain.
There are moments I have to say whe...