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English 3000s Challenge
You’ve heard of the Welsh 3000s...you may have even completed it. Well, here’s a new challenge for you. The English 3000s. Yes, our famous Lake District National Park is home to eight notable 3000 ft peaks and we’re planning a jaunt to reach all of them in one weekend!
These are high and mighty peaks that need some energy, commitment and positive attitude! For your challenge we’ve included: Skiddaw - 3054ft Helvellyn - 3117ft Helvellyn Lower Man - 3035ft Broad Crag - 3064ft Ill Crag - 3068ft Scafell Pike - 3209ft Scafell - 3163ft Symonds Knott - 3146ft The total route is 48km, split over two days as detailed below.
20:00 - Latest arrival at bunkhouse
Team dinner and briefing
Sampling local hospitality, and good night’s sleep.
From our accommodation base we are dropped at the start of this shorter, but no less strenuous route. Taking in the dramatic Broad Crag, Ill Crag, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Symonds Knott.
Start Walk - 08:00
End Walk- 18:00
We start from Keswick and ascend Skiddaw. Moving onto the Helvellyn range to tick off Helvellyn
Breakfast - 06:00
Start Walk - 07:00
End Walk - 19:00
High Fives all round before return journey home.
Comfortable bunkhouse accommodation is booked for you. If you would like to upgrade to B&B standard then please ask. You will need to bring towel but comfy and clean bedding is provided for you at the bunkhouse.
What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.
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 required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
2 x night’s accommodation with breakfasts.
Qualified, Experienced & First-Aid Trained Mountain Leader throughout the challenge.
Transfers *if requested
Excluded From Trip
Lunches and Dinners.
Transport to and from the event.
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.
It can be quite cold on the tops at any time of the year, so wrap up warm, and be ready for anything! Make sure you pack according to the list. Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily. Hat and gloves are essential, as are sturdy walking boots.
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