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Hike the Pike
Take on one of the 3 highest points in Britain and climb the highest peak in England and the rockiest and most noble of the Lake District peaks...Scafell Pike! At a height of 3, 210ft (978m) it towers over its neighbours and affords us with stunning views over the Lake District National Park and out to the sea and to the Isle of Man. A beautiful - and challenging discovery of the Lake District.
We have to work hard to reach these heights. Your resolve and stamina will be tested as we clamber over the volcanic boulder remains to reach the summit, over a broad ridge that doesn’t dip below 3000ft for over a mile! After one last steep pull up some exciting and scrambly terrain, the summit is ours and the elation is tremendous! Our route to the summit is one of the most beautiful in the Lakes - and one to savour (if your lungs will allow!)
Arrival at accommodation by 18:00
Dinner and briefing 20:00
Evening meal in Ambleside
Hike the Pike Challenge Walk - Scafell Pike
Briefing and Kit Check 08:00
Depart Bunkhouse 08:10
Start Walk 08:40
End Walk 19:00 latest
Overnight at bunkhouse - evening out in Ambleside
End of challenge round up 09:30
Departure under your own direction, take in more views of the Lake District or even go for another walk in the area.
Comfortable bunkhouse accommodation will be booked for you. You will need to bring a towel but comfy and clean bedding is provided for you at the bunkhouse.
Please advise us if you are a vegetarian as the bunkhouse serves a light breakfast.
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English 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
2 nights accommodation with breakfasts.
Qualified mountain leader/first-aider with group safety equipment.
Transfers from accommodation to/from start/finish of walk.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to/from Lake District at start and end of challenge.
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.
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.
At any time of year rain is a distinct possibility, and it can still be quite cold on the tops at any time of the year (sometimes even snowy!) 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.
We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend (unless the Lakes are being really kind to us!) so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both jacket and
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