When planning your three peaks challenge (or taking on any mountain walk for that matter) ensure that you plan when you will eat your meals. It is important to leave approximately 1hr 30mins after eating until you start any exercise, so this will need to be built into your schedule. For the challenge, you will also need to consider this for the second and third mountains, which may mean you having to set an alarm clock if you intend on sleeping on the journey, to eat your food in plenty of time. It’s a good idea to arrive at your starting point a couple of hours before you intend to start the challenge. If you do this, the whole team can eat together and go over the plans one final time. This will also give you chance to check all the gear and do some stretches.
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I have read books from experienced mountain walkers who, for the three peaks challenge, suggest that you don’t stop on the mountain during your climb. Instead, they suggest you continue at a steady pace and eat and drink as necessary on the move. Whilst I understand this approach I don’t entirely agree with it. I think it is extremely important to take a few short breaks during your climb (and on the descent) to take in a high energy snack and some fluid. Apart from allowing you to catch your breath and see how the team are doing, it is motivational to think ‘we’ll stop just up there by that cairn and take a short break’. It helps mentally to break the climb up into smaller, more manageable, segments. Also, it doesn’t have to add time to your overall climb as you only need to stop for a minute or two and then be back on your way again. These short breaks, along with allowing you to take on some extra energy, allow you to catch your breath and then head off with a new lease of life.
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Based on personal experience, here’s some basic do’s and don’ts for the national 3 peaks challenge:
- DO take drinks from a drinks bladder and pack your rucksack carefully so things are where you need them and easily accessible
- DO use laminated maps and make sure everyone can navigate (and consider booking a Mountain Guide)
- DO get the team together as often as possible for training
- DO set team ground rules and responsibilities
- DO choose your vehicle wisely (see the travelling page) and have at least one dedicated driver
- DON’T invite new team members shortly before your challenge or if you don’t know them very well
- DON’T use equipment you haven’t tried out beforehand
- DON’T set too fast a pace – go slow and steady and follow the slowest (see top tips)
- DON’T argue – it will be tiring, good team spirit is vital
- DON’T wear new walking boots – they should be worn in for at lease a couple of months
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This book helped us immensley on our national 3 peaks challenge – it contains detailed information on training, equipment and what to expect on the mountains. It contains the story of a group of walkers who attempted the 3 peaks challenge and details their emotions and experiences during training and the actual challenge.
It also details the equipment they took and which member of the team were responsible for each item, together with a training plan for getting fit and even what food they took with them. Also included, which is very useful for any 3 peakers, are road routes for getting to the mountains by car or minibus and then the mountain routes themselves including GPS waypoints.
We found this book very useful indeed and at £6.89 is great value for money too.
You can buy this book from Amazon here.
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