Organising Your Three Peaks Challenge
When considering the Three Peaks Challenge, organisation is very important. You
need to think about what you're taking on, as it is quite a big job if you want
to do it properly.
A lot of people don't really know where to start, so this page is designed to
clear your mind, the show you exactly what you need to sort out. There are five
factors that require organisation:
- Health and Fitness
These are given in approximate order for the majority of circumstances, although
some situations may vary. This is not the order of importance, as all factors are
absolutely neccessary, but simply the natural order in which to proceed.
First, you need to finalise your group members. Ideally four to eight people, then
you can fit in one or two cars, or a minibus. The Three Peaks isn't about huge
coach loads of people taking over the popular walking routes for the weekend.
Try and get your group members to confirm early on, otherwise you're bound to
have a few dropouts.
Health and Fitness
To enjoy the Three Peaks, you need to be fitter than most. For some, this'll
mean continuing a steady, regular fitness routine, but for others this may mean
some quite large changes.
Do just half an hour a day, gradually stepping it up until you can run a mile or
two. In the actual challenge you shouldn't need to do any running, but you'll
be doing a lot of walking.
We'd also recommend a few outings to a National Park. Your closest one probably
isn't too far away, and this will let you really experience what you're
going to be doing on the day. If possible go to one or all of the mountains involved
in the challenge, so that you can practice the routes that you'll be taking
on the day, and get used to the surrounding area. You don't want to get lost
on the way to the last mountain.
Some essential equipment is required in order to realistically attempt the Three
Peaks Challenge. First, each group member should have their own maps, and be able
to read and navigate using these maps.
The maps required are:
National Three Peaks maps
Each group member will each need:
To carry with you:
- Small backpack
- Tissue paper
- Mobile phone
- Two-way radio*
- First Aid Kit
- Thermal Blanket
- Walking poles
- Three maps with routes marked
- Walking boots
- Three pairs of walking socks
- Suitable walking set
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Car jack & spare tyre
- Emergency battery charger
- Kit bag
- Sleeping bag
- Camping stove, kettle & saucepan
- Comfortable clothes for afterwards
* Mobile phones cannot and should not be relied on for communication in mountainous
areas. Reception is unreliable and unpredictable.
To attempt the Three Peaks Challenge safely, you need at least one driver for each
vehicle. It is not advisable to attempt the challenge and drive yourself. Your driver
needs to be willing to wait for long periods of time, and could also help the team
out by preparing food for the returning team.
For the Three Peaks Challenge, you need somewhere to stay at the beginning and end
of your challenge. You'll certainly be too tired to travel very far, so you'll
want to find somewhere close by. To help you choose where you stay, we have a special
Three Peaks Accommodation
Only plan to camp if you really are prepared to set your tent up after 14 hours
of exertion, and no good sleep for 24 hours. This is a valid option though - if
you were to wild camp, there would be no expense and with the right equipment you
would be perfectly comfortable. If you are thinking of wild camping, be sure to
research the correct way to do this yourself.
Food is worth planning well. Ideally you don't want to eat junk food from service
stations - it'll cost loads more, and it's not going to give you as much
long lasting energy as some healthy snacks. Go for wholegrain and wholemeal foods,
as these carbohydrates provide energy for longer.
Let Others Know
Once you know your driving route and the paths you'll be walking, you'll
be able to figure out an approximate time scale - once you know your arrival and
departure times for each mountain, make a couple of copies to give to a family member
of friend who won't be coming.