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24 Peaks Lakeland Trek
The 24 Peaks Challenge is to climb 24 of the English Lake Districts’ Peaks, each one over 2,400 feet high, within 24 hours total walking time (over 2 days). An arduous and rewarding challenge that will give the lucky participants a fantastic two day introduction to one of England’s most popular and scenic mountain areas, The Lake District in Cumbria. Whilst some of the route follows well-defined ridges, the challenge itself is a significant and demanding high-level traverse of one of the UK’s more popular mountain ranges, and the overall distance and height gains are not to be underestimated. It is a challenge that will involve careful planning, preparation and fitness, and will appeal to both novice and hardened hill walker alike.
The route includes many of the more famous peaks such as Red Pike, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Great Gable. Teams will start very early on Day Two negotiating 10 of the peaks, before they finally descend late in the evening. Mileage covered on Day Two is around 17.5 miles. Day Three involves another long day of mountain ridges with Helvellyn being the highlight, with the mileage covered around 14 miles. The total height climbed is over 13,000 feet.
Day 1 - Arrive Ambleside and book into the bunkhouse. An evening meal will be taken followed by detailed briefings on the challenge, the route and safety considerations prior to an early nights sleep.
Day 2 - After an early breakfast the teams will depart at approximately 06:00 transferring to the start of the walk, beginning along the shores of ‘Buttermere’, arriving at the summit of ‘Lingmell Col’ at approximately 13:00. This is the half waypoint for Day 2. The teams will then continue trekking and collecting summits until approximately 21:00 when they will have bagged their last peak ‘Red Pike’, and then descended into Buttermere and the end of Day 2. Peaks 'Bagged' on Trek day 1 - Red Pike, High Stile, High Crag, Green Gable, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Great End, Esk Pike, Bow Fell. Trek time taken usually ranges between 11 – 14 hours.
Day 3 - Breakfast precedes another early start – beginning at Legburthwaite, with a full day’s trekking, leading to an anticipated finish of approximately 16:00 at ‘Kirkstone Pass’, and then into the Kirkstone Inn for a well deserved pint. Peaks 'Bagged' on Trek day 2 - Red Screes, Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Seat Sandal, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn, Lower Man, Whiteside, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson Dodd, Great Dodd. Day 3 time taken usually ranges between 8 – 12 hours. Obviously, your start and finish times will depend on the fitness of the team members, and the prevailing weather conditions.
Day 4 - Lesiurley morining in the accommodation before heading home.
3 nights good quality bunkhouse accommodation. Breakfasts included.
What is a Level 4.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying loads, rough terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - i.e. using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - this forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, so you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills!
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.5 ‘Trek’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miles). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 18-20 miles in the English lowland countryside.
The itinerary may be operated either starting from Buttermere or from Ambleside. In some instances it is easier logistically to start from Ambleside - and return there at the end of the event. Please discuss this with Adventure Cafe.
Included In Trip
Qualified Mountain Leaders - approx ratio 1:10
Professional Event management.
Insurance & Medical Cover.
Bed & Breakfast Accommodation for 3 Nights.
Transport to start of trek each day - transfer from Keswick train station to Ambleside.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from Keswick at start and finish of challenge.
Lunches & Dinners. Note - Adventure Cafe will pre-reserve dinners for trekkers - as finishes can be late and you may well be incapable of ordering especially after trek day 1 !
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
The Lake District can suffer extreme weather conditions like most mountain ranges. Participants should ensure that they are suitably equipped to deal with both the extremes of the sun during the day and colder temperatures during the evenings and in inclement weather. They should also carry appropriate wet weather gear, and ensure that their rucksacks are suitably waterproofed.
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