The Welsh 3000 Challenge

One of our Carphone Warehouse colleagues, Simon Hill, recently set himself the goal of conquering the Welsh 3000 challenge. In order to complete it, you have to have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours, without using any form of transport. Mad? Most definitely. And we decided to make it even more of a challenge by setting Simon the task of where possible completing his adventure using apps on his phone. Lets see how he got on.

So Simon, sore?Me & My Mobile

Very much so. I’ve never been so physically and mentally tested before. But it was an amazing experience, and well worth the sore legs. Plus we raised lots of money for the ABF Soldiers Charity, smashing our target by nearly 300%.

Tell us how your smartphone contributed to your success.

My Samsung Galaxy K Zoom not only helped me train, it got me to the event, helped me organise my friends, helped me track my progress and it even helped us raised money.

How did it help you train?

I found out about this app called SportsTracker, which turns your phone into a full-on GPS sports computer. You can track your workout in real time, check your progress, map your routes, and share your workouts with your friends. It was brilliant for all the cycling to and from work that I did for training. Also with Google +,
we could all get together on a video call to check how training was coming along.

It’s fair to say your smartphone is a pretty essential gadget for this kind of challenge?

Definitely. And not just for the fancy sports apps either. With Spotify, I could plan out our training playlist to keep my friends and I motivated. And with the K Zoom’s 20.7MP 10x optical zoom camera, it saved me having to carry another camera with me to capture all the highlights and stunning views.

Plus when we finally got home, I edited all the pictures on my phone using Photo Studio Pro, and used the phone to upload the pics to my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the teams Google + page.

What adventure have you got lined up next?

(Laughs) I think we’ll be taking a bit of a break after this one. But, knowing me and my friends, there’ll be something equally crazy that takes our fancy again soon, so watch this space.

If you’d like to contribute to Simon and the team’s fundraising page, go to