Our challenge takes place on the 24th April 2016 and to make sure we are ready we are going to post a number of prep sheets for your information. Although we will travel and start together everyone will walk at different rates and to stay together as a full group would be extremely difficult. For that reason we are going ask you to buddy up and pick someone or a few people you will look out for. We will also endeavour to give you enough information to make it round on your own, this is not a scare tactic it is prep so that we are all safe whatever happens on the day.
To start off with today we will show you the route and then talk a little about what equipment you will need and what to carry with you.
As the name suggests we are aiming to walk or hike three peaks in one day (under 12 hours). The three peaks are: Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough situated in the Yorkshire Dales (Gods Own County – so they say).
Each has its own personality and challenges but together they are a formidable beast. This is going to give each one of us an amazing feeling of accomplishment not only from raising funds for the great cause that is the Alzheimers society but from completing a gruelling physical and mental challenge. Nothing worth doing is ever easy!!
You will need to know the route and be able to follow it in a guide book and/or on a map. If you cannot see the walkers in front you will need to know where to go so first things first get yourself a map or route guide. I will add some details of where to buy and prices soon. It is quite a busy popular route so no doubt we will see others on the way and be able to ask if we are unsure, but just in case learn it.
So as a walker what do you need?
Wicking base layer t-shirt
Thermal shirt or fleece jacket
Walking tousers or leggings
Hat & Gloves
Wicking base layer t-shirt- this is a t shirt that wicks away sweat and heat, you can buy these from most walking shops and probably on amazon – they stop you overheating and when you do get sweaty they stop the moisture staying near your skin and cooling down later. (this is a base layer)
Thermal shirt or fleece jacket – this is your mid layer. the more ventilation options the better but a zip up or button up fleece (half way at least ) should be ok. This will give you warmth on a cold day – we are going in April – but also allow you to ventilate and cool down on the harder bits of the walk.
Waterproof Jacket – the outer shell – the best waterproof jacket you can afford the better – get some advice at your local walking shop but this layer will keep you dry on a wet day and stop the wind that can get quite harsh on the summit and higher levels.
Walking Trousers or leggings – Trousers are any slacks or bags designed for walking, leggings are such as Ron Hill or stretchy leggings – JEANS are NOT an option.
Waterproof Overtrousers – any kind of synthetic overtrousers that offer some protection are acceptable. If it rains all day you will be thankful for them.
Walking boots – Any kind of boots specifically designed for walking are suitable. Do some practice in them, do not use brand new boots on the three peaks challenge.
Hat & Gloves – it is worth a selection – it gets cold at the top and its important to keep your hands and head warm.
Walking Socks – take advice again on the best socks but ones that allow your feet to breath and avoid building up sweat are best.
this is the profile of the peaks we will climb not necessarily in this order….