Today i spent the day with Simon, Russell and Steve. In order to raise attention and money for charity they are taking on the National three peaks challenge. In under twenty-four hours they will walk up and down Ben Nevis (1345 metres), Scafell Pike (978 metres) and Snowdon (1085 metres). These mountains are the highest peaks in the Scotland, England and Wales. This is no easy challenge. The chaps contacted myself so that i could assist.
The key word i kept stating whilst out walking today was “preparation.” Logistically planning transport/drivers between the mountains, the physical training of ascending and descending each mountain, kit, analysis of mountain weather conditions, suitable food and drink, the route choice for each mountain etc….
There seems like an endless list of elements to consider before you undertake such a challenge. The chaps must have been sick to death of me talking to them all day giving advice on all of the above. My experience of these mountains and the completing the challenge was a big benefit.
I planned a day in the Peak District that would encompass a lot of uphill and downhill walking over a mix of terrain to mimic the challenge as close as possible. What the Peak District lacks in comparative mountainous height, it benefits from a broad range of different terrain under foot and plenty of ascending and descending. Quality mountainous “Time on your feet” is going to be your best training for this challenge. This is not achievable for many people as they do not live close to hills or mountains. I provided other options on how best to prepare within a more urban setting.
The best of luck chaps with the 27.5 miles distance and 2900 metres/9800 feet of ascent. Its a long and memorable day that you can achieve.
I offer hillwalking and mountain fitness guidance days which provide advice, assistance and my experience in preparation of you big day(s). You can find more information on my website here: http://www.trekkingskills.co.uk/hillwalking-mountain-fitness-guidance/