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Any tips for 4 Beginners?

Posted: 25 Mar 2013, 17:14
by mattwilson
Hi Guys

There are 4 of us looking to complete the 3 peaks challenge late august. We live about an hour away, so plan to walk one of each peak/3 routes in May, June and July - followed by the full challenge in mid august. Is this a realistic idea? we are all fairly fit, and plan to train ready for the challenge. Anyone have any tips, suggestions or reccomendations for routes etc? We would ideally like to camp in august, so any recommended campsites to set as a base, and a resteraunt/pub close by as our final reward would be great!

Thanks all,


Re: Any tips for 4 Beginners?

Posted: 27 Mar 2013, 19:48
by mac.hawk
The latest edition of 'The Guide' will answer most of your questions but briefly...

Ascending all three summits prior to attempting 'The Challenge' is a really good idea, whether you take the '3 Peaks' route up/down them or not it'll give you a good idea of what to expect.

You don't need to be mega-fit to complete the challenge, this has been covered in previous postings but as long as you are healthy you should be fine.

'The Guide' contains all the route information you will ever need - very detailed & up to date.

For campsites visit the Accommodation section of the forum. There are pubs in Horton and one at Ribblehead with nearby camping areas.

Re: Any tips for 4 Beginners?

Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 11:20
by kelly-adams
I just completed 3Peaks this weekend within the time limit but I would say organisation is key. The website timings only allow for an hour of faff time which includes stopping for petrol, toilets, eating and changing.To save time bag up separate food bags/ clothes changes for each mountain and label them so you can grab one and go.
Some of our group stopped for food at petrol stations and wanted to change out of wet clothes/toilet in youth hostels instead of on the move in the car which cost them valuable time and they didn't make it in under 24hrs.
Have a driver who makes hot food and decants it in to containers while you are climbing so when you finish, you just get in the car and go.
It also rained on every mountain so three full changes of clothes were very much needed which should also be bagged up ready to go. I would suggest eating constantly too even though you don't feel like it, seed bars, jelly babies and oatcakes worked well.

Good luck.

Re: Any tips for 4 Beginners?

Posted: 25 Jun 2013, 16:09
by mac.hawk
I think Kelly-Adams has got her 3 Peaks mixed up, this sounds like the hurtle down the motorway doing Ben Nevis, Scafell & Snowdon job to me.