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Self Drive 3 Peaks
Please note, this itinerary requires participants to organise their own transport for the Challenge! Why not let us take the strain for you, and help you organise your 3 Peaks Challenge. We can make arrangements for companies, groups of friends, sports clubs or just you! Read through the details and send us an enquiry, we'll take care of everything for you! Climbing the 3 highest peaks in the Home Nations, Scotland, England and Wales. Tackling Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and doing it in the space of 24 hrs.
Now this is going to be challenging; a total of 480 miles of driving, 40km of trekking, a large part during the night, and climbing a total of approximately 3000 vertical metres, makes this a special kind of challenge, and not one that everyone is going to manage. You organise your drivers, and the vehicles, we'll take care of the route planning, the accommodation, the briefing of your challenge team, the safety cover and the celebrations afterwards! Our job is to lead you safely around the challenge… But we just don't do the driving for you! That's part of your challenge, and a great way to involve more friends or colleagues!
Travel to Fort William
06:00 Breakfast - Meet your Ben Nevis Leader
06:40 Transfer to Ben Nevis (20 mins from fort william)
07:00 morning ascent of Ben Nevis - Return to vehicle (approx 12:00)
17:30 Meet your Scafell Pike Leader (Wasdale Head Car Park)
18:00 - Climb Scafell Pike* Saturday night - typical finish approx. 11:00pm.
23:00 Return to vehicle Transfer to Snowdon -
03:30 - 04:00 Approx arrival. Meet your leader Pen Y Pass Car Park
Early morning ascent of Snowdon and return to vehicle. (before 08:30 with luck)!
Celebratory breakfast in Llanberis/Capel Curig
There may also be a possibility of a shower here in Llanberis - so bring a towel with you! We normally linger here for a couple of hours - giving time to relax, discuss the events of the last 24 hours and bask in the glory of a job well done!
11:00 - Depart Llanberis, bound for home or other pre-specified location, to drop off leader (if picked up on route).
Night prior to Challenge: we recommend reserving a good quality bunkhouse in Fort William to allow a good time to start the challenge.
Night 2: you should rotate drivers to ensure safetey in transit and ensure everyone has a chance to catch up opn some sleep we recommend bringing a travel pillow.
Night 3: Optional stay on final night after having completed the challenge, suggested either in Betws Y Coed or Llanberis. Especially if you have a loing drive home
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 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
- Challenge Pack – maps, instructions etc - pre-event support - Guiding for the 3 Peaks - Experienced Qualified Leader(s) - Safety equipment.
You will receive briefing information on nutrition, training, equipment, and secrets on how to complete the challenge within the 24 hours.
Excluded From Trip
Accommodation, Breakfast, lunches and evening meals and snack foods during the event are not included. Transportation is not included in this event.
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.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
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 (particularly for Challenges taking place in May on Ben Nevis). So 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. Key issues to consider are hydration, sun protection, protection from the rain, from the cold, and nutrition.
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