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UK Three Peaks Challenge (National)
The Three 3 Peaks Challenge is without doubt one of our most popular treks and one of the toughest at the same time. Climbing the Three Highest Peaks in the home nations: Scotland, England and Wales. Starting with Ben Nevis before heading south for Scafell Pike and then finishing at Snowdon.
The challenge is all the more tough as we complete the whole lot in 24 hrs*. Now that is going to be challenging!
A total of 480 miles of driving, a large part during the night, and climbing a total of almost 3000 vertical metres, makes this a special kind of challenge, and not one that everyone is going to manage. Why not give yourself a goal this year to train for. Why not say that you’re going to put yourself to the test, and join the Classic 3 Peaks Challenge. Join a group of like-minded adventurous individuals who will be taking part in this event, looking for a tough weekend, with a few laughs along the way to look back upon….
We provide a qualified mountain leader, and transport, one overnight, and the expertise to ensure that this event runs as smoothly as possible. This challenge could change your life - so be prepared!
The following itinerary is based on running this activity over a long weekend, however it may be possible to alter this. All timings are approximate
Chester Train Station or Hoole rd (late morning approx 1100-1130) or collection from Glasgow International Airport (16.30 latest arrival). Followed by transfer Fort William area for overnight accommodation. It's great to head out and have an evening meal together this night, Adventure Cafe tend to book a table in a local pub/restaurant around 20:30 (subject to group size and availability, meal at own expense)
06:00 Breakfast (light breakfast of cereals, toast, spreads and hot drinks)
06:40 Transfer to Ben Nevis
07:00 morning ascent of Ben Nevis - Return to vehicle (approx 12:00)
afternoon transfer to Lake district with a service station stop on route
18:00 Climb Scafell Pike* Saturday night - typical finish approx. 11:00pm
23:00 Return to vehicle Transfer to Snowdon - driver change in Chester. (catching some sleep on the road where possible)
03:30-0400 approx arrival. Early morning ascent Snowdon Return to vehicle. (Before 08:30 with luck!)
Celebratory Breakfast in Llanberis/Capel Curig Transfer to Chester
13:00 Chester arrival no later than (midday / early afternoon) - event ends - Challenge Complete!!!
*Summer months the Seathwaite route tends to be used for longer time on the hill and less time driving/Shorter daylight months we tend to use the Wasdale route for longer driving and shorter walking.
Friday night—shared bunkhouse accommodation in Fort William in good quality clean and comfortable bunkouse.
Saturday night—our mobile palace on wheels! Or should that be one most unsual and erratic nights of your life! You may wish to bring a travel pillow - and a good sense of humour! You may also wish to ensure you have sufficient warm clothing - as even in summer it can feel chilly overnight, when you're feeling tired.
Sunday night—not included, but accommodation in Chester can be arranged upon request.
What is a Level 4.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter rough and steep terrain, sleep deprivation – ie very long days, or even high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you well past 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 - and you will need to be more resilient - variable weather conditions, simple food and maybe camping – these factors forms a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! A level 4 challenge would involve a very long day (in excess of 28 miles) or some serious hill climbing (multiple peaks in one day) - or possibly both!
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Trek’?
To participate in these events you need to be in very good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You may well partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, or circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miling). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 17-19 miles in the English lowland countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is strongly advised. Insurance can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website www.adventure-café.com. Alternatively please call Adventure Café to discuss insurance - 01460 249191.
For more detailed answers to frequent questions on the 3 Peaks - please click here - FAQs
To find out what previous trekkers have been saying about our events - please click HERE!
Our vehicles and drivers are licensed through the DVSA and well versed in the 3 peaks and they understand the needs of 3 peaks participants. The vehicles are well serviced and in a good working condition. If a breakdown occurs whilst on the challenge, the challenge may be delayed until further transport can be arranged and a revised itinerary may be offered to participants 3 peaks experience. Vehicles have roadside recovery, but participants should be aware that we do not have spare vehicles available to deploy in the middle of the night. We will always get challenges back up and running as soon as possible - and it should be noted that this is a very rare possibility.
Timings are enforced on this challenge. The classic 3 Peaks challenge is conducted in 24 hours. The maximum time frame available is 29 hours due to driver and leader reasonable working times. To enable this to happen the leader will gauge personal fitness levels by the time you have completed Ben Nevis. There may be an instance if your fitness is not up to the challenge that you may be asked to sit out a summit.The leaders decision will be final and taken on experience
Included In Trip
- Challenge Pack – maps, instructions etc - Minibus Transport & driver* - Full pre-event consultation - 1 night's accommodation (inc light breakfast) - Guiding for the 3 Peaks - Experienced Qualified Leader + Qualified first aiders - Safety equipment
*All transfers provided by Adventure Cafe's transport provider throughout the challenge from pick up and drop off in Chester on the friday/Sunday. The drivers are regulated by current DVSA drivers hours regulations and enforced driving/rest stops.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to either Chester or Glasgow International Airport pre challenge. - Transport back from Chester post challenge. - Meals whilst on the Challenge. - End of Event Celebratory Breakfast
Compulsory or Very Important Items
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection), Day Sack (25 - 35 litres)
Walking Poles, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms, Walking Socks
Head Torch with spare batteries
Other Recommended Items
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Hill Walking Items
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle), Sun Hat (wide brimmed), Neck Scarf
Lunches - you will have the opportunity en route to the challenge to shop for your event provisions (ie all food once the challenge is underway)
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers, Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Pack of Travel Tissues, Travel Pillow (Bean type is best! Inflatable not as good!)
Camera, Film / Memory Card, Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes, Mobile Phone, Washkit
Holdall Bag to carry all items not used whilst on the mountain
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our 3 Peak Challengers.
You will be briefed by your leader, before and during the challenge - but key items to remember are as follows:
1. Wear appropriate clothing - including proper footwear with ankle support.
2. Ensure your waterproofs are in good condition
3. Listen to and follow instructions from your leader.
4. Remain within visual contact of your leader at all times
5. Remain well fed and watered throughout the event.
6. In case of poor weather we normally continue to pursue the challenge - unless we deem it unsafe. This usually would entail high winds or exceptionally high water levels that would render river crossings dangerous.
Expect variable weather conditions. We are after all trekking at dark, during the day, in Scotland, England and in Wales. So be prepared. We may encounter scorching temperatures but equally freezing cold or even snow (Especially in May on Ben Nevis) pack at both ends of the spectrum. Especially expect rain at some time… all three mountains are on the Western Seaboard and hence bear the brunt of prevailing weather systems coming in moisture laden from the Atlantic.
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