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3 Peaks Challenge in 48 Hours
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 48 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! In this slightly more civilised version of the classic challenge, we'll take two days to cover the distance!
Day 1 (typically Friday)
13:00 Team to meet (leader pick up may be required) and to continue driving to Fort William.
19:00 - 20:00 Expected arrival, in time for dinner and final preparations for the event. Kit check & leader to meet and deliver briefing etc.
07:00 Breakfast (not included).
08:00 Approx departure from accommodation. Shopping for food should have been done the previous day.
08:30 Set out for summit of Ben Nevis.
14:00 Back at Minibus ready to set off for Scafell Pike. Drive of approximately 5 hours
17:00 – Roadside Stop for coffee for drivers (suggested revival break) and fuel stop.
19:30 – Arrive Keswick Lake District for dinner and overnight (+ Briefing with Leader).
06:30 – Depart Keswick for foot of Scafell Pike.
07:00 - Start ascent of Scafell Pike .
12:30 – Back at transport following ascent of Scafell Pike.
12:45 – Leave Lake District, drive to Snowdonia.
16:45 – Reach Pen Y Pass near Llanberis Snowdonia.
16:50 – Set off up Snowdon - via Pyg or Miners Track.
20:50 – Return to bus – successfully within 2 days!
22:00 Depart Llanberis bound for Chester, or other pre-specified location to drop off leader.
N.b. if you wish to remain in Llanberis, then you may arrange this and request that the leader is dropped to a train station in North Wales (e.g. Bangor).
Friday night: shared bunkhouse accommodation in Fort William in good quality, clean and comfortable bunkouse.
Saturday night: shared bunkhouse accommodation in or near Keswick. Good quality, clean and comfortable bunkhouse.
What is a Level 3.0 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 9 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect a lower daily duration, 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 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. UK single day or weekend level 3 treks are suited to walkers and trekkers with some previous history of upland walking or alternatively a good amount of lowland training behind them.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.0 ‘Trek’?
You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside; 7 hours plus . You should be doing regular exercise, possibly with some running. Your running speed will be fairly steady; nothing too fast, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 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. e.g. spinning, circuits, swimming, or other sports.
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.
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!
Included In Trip
Full challenge management. Challenge trip notes & joining instructions issued to all participants, all driving routes supplied, including locations of petrol stations and suggested stops for refreshments. Leaders; qualified and experienced mountain leaders, First Aid qualified, with full safety equipment. Your accommodation on Night 1 at the start of your challenge & Night 2 in the Lakes. You will receive briefing information on nutrition, training, equipment, and secrets on how to complete the challenge within the 48 hours.
Excluded From Trip
Breakfasts, lunches, 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.
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 (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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