TWO Okehampton College students have conquered the Three Welsh Peaks Challenge to raise money for a trip to help Bulgarian orphans. Next Monday ( July 14) students from Okehampton College fly to Bulgaria to spend a week working at Barzitsa Orphanage. Co-ordinated by the college and the House of Rachel charity, a group of students visits the orphanage each year to run workshops in sports, crafts and music to boost the children's self-esteem. These workshops are a fun way to develop new social and vocational skills and prevent the children from getting involved with crime. The college's head boy Jed Chapman and his friend Kyler Burns decided to raise funds to subsidise their trip by attempting to walk the Welsh mountains Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen Y Fan known as the Three Welsh Peaks Challenge. At 4.32am on June 22, Jed and Kyler set off to climb Snowdon via the Pyg path. To begin with they found themselves climbing in thick cloud, but an hour into their walk the sun broke through, revealing the awe-inspiring landscape. Completing the walk in just two and a half hours, they were then driven by Jed's father to the foot of Cadair Idris. Following the Pony Path they reached the summit at 11.30am. At 12.30 they set off by car to the Brecon Beacons, grabbing some much needed sleep before climbing Pen Y Fan. Another student from the college, Aaron Kimber, happened to be camping in Brecon with his family, and keen to offer his support he joined Jed and Kyler for the final ascent. They completed the challenge in just seven hours walking, and with the travelling between the three peaks, the challenge was conquered in just over 12 hours. Funds raised in excess of the actual cost of the trip will be donated to the House of Rachel for the orphanage. Last year, Jed's additional sponsorship helped towards the funding of two teenagers from the orphanage through Varna College.