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South Downs 3 Peaks Training Day
You have very sensibly opted to gauge your fitness levels in advance of your 3 Peaks Challenge Event. This single day of training and fitness assessment is designed, in a convenient location, to put you through your paces, and to see how you measure up to the challenge of the 3 Peaks.
We can walk in the North or South Downs, Cotswolds and Chilterns to suit you.
We shall be meeting in Lewes, and tackling some sharp undulations on the South Downs, that will get your heart beating, and your pulse racing. But most importantly, will allow you to benchmark against a reasonable pace, and some measured climbs. Rather than going into the 3 Peaks ‘blind’, this day will give you some idea of what lies ahead, the level of physical intensity, and fitness required.
09:30 - Meet at Lewes County Hall.
Walk approximately 23km (including ascent of 546m, almost half the ascent of Ben Nevis).
Within the walk, at least two timed, measured sections on specific ascents of 100m or more. This will give us a good indication on your fitness levels, and will form the majority of our fitness assessment, in conjunction with your overall speed for the walk.
The walk is expected to last approximately 4—4.5 hours. This is walking at a fast pace, and not stopping for many breaks. Your leader will encourage you to walk at an appropriate speed which will give you an indication of what you need to maintain on the 3 Peaks.
We expect to complete our walk at Glynde Station by 15:00, ready for a return train to Lewes.
At the end of the day there will be opportunity for a cup of tea (maybe a slice of cake!) and a chat about the 3 Peaks event.
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.
Included In Trip
Guiding for the day.
Fitness assessment and 3 Peaks training brief.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from event.
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit
Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Hill Walking Items
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
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 with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Medium Weight Fleece
Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
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.
Expect cold weather and possibly rain or wintry showers. Plan for these conditions, and if we encounter anything more benign, then that will be a bonus for us!
Notes on Trekking Events
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