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On the first morning we pick walkers up on route to beautiful North Wales, where we discover mighty mount Snowdon!
That afternoon we head up from Pen y Pass car park to tackle the steep Pyg Track that rises up around the reservoir of Llyn Llydaw; crossing the causeway and climbing the northern tip of Glaslyn. The hike continues on a steep zig-zag before one last push to the 1085m summit for a view of the sun setting over a distant horizon.
After 5 to 6 hours on the mountain, the evening meal is spent celebrating the achievements of a great first day, after which everyone sleeps well at our overnight accommodation.
After an early start and 5 hours on the minibus, we finally discover the picturesque twisty lanes leading to Scafell Pike amidst the stunning western Lake District. The highest mountain in England has surprisingly rocky and unrelentingly steep paths. After another 5 or 6 hours of serious hill hiking with the peak at 978m, we aim to finish and head for our Lakes accommodation by sunset.
Heading north into Scotland and on through the magnificent highlands; a drive to take your breath away through monstrous scenery of beautiful Glencoe. We finally reach our biggest challenge; a 1345m climb from Fort William to Britain’s highest point; the summit plateau of colossal Ben Nevis. Jaw dropping, incredible views! This giant takes in excess of 6 hours to conquer, meaning our evening celebration in Fort William will be well earned, before the drive home next morning.
Walkers are expected to supply their own food for the duration of the challenge. There will be an opportunity to buy meals each evening at our accommodation. However, this necessitates some organisation of food for the daytimes, which falls into two categories:
1) Sandwiches, cold pasta, rice, sausage rolls, etc prepared as something substantial for the journey to each mountain. Best eaten with plenty of time to digest and replenish muscles.
2) Sugary snacks as energy top ups for walking with. Fruits, nuts, etc are healthier alternatives. Glucose energy gels and electrolyte replacements can also be useful. However, do not rely on this kind of food for the whole challenge, too much sugar without substantial meals between mountains will leave you feeling sick.
As with your kit, make sure you have tried and tested anything you plan to eat. The last thing you want to do is test how your body will react to anything new during the challenge.
Hydration is the most important aspect of nutrition. It is essential you continually take on water in regular, small amounts while walking and on the minibus. It is easy to underestimate how much you need and very easy to suffer dehydration, which is incredibly unpleasant and could prevent you completing the challenge. Each walker should carry a minimum of 3 litres of fluid (water and sugary drinks) for each mountain.
All sorts of people walk the 3 Peaks, but it is a serious event, so do not take it lightly! There is no doubt that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the challenge.
We all start from a different fitness level, but as a rough guide during the build up, walkers should be looking to do at least 3 months of vigorous exercise (fast walking/jogging), 2 or 3 times a week, building up gradually to 90 minute sessions.
In addition, a longer walk once a week, starting gently, but building up to 15miles+ of hilly terrain. Include some jogging/running if possible, to push your cardiovascular fitness and make walking uphill easier.
It can be really motivating to draw up a training plan and tick off sessions as you achieve them. Log progress with an app like Strava to inspire and make you accountable to others.
Try to vary routes as much as possible to prevent boredom. Experience of real mountain conditions is highly recommended; you cannot replicate the difficulty of the steep terrain and weather conditions you can encounter in the mountains. There are lots of training opportunities and chances to train both more locally and on real mountains via our event provider: www.getoutdoorsuk.org
However, do not over train, especially in the early days. Aching muscles are in the process of developing, so need recovery time to repair and become stronger, allowing you to push harder and further next time.