How do you organise a 3 Peaks challenge?

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26/09/2002 at 11:02
While we're discussing how to meet up at a race next year, I remember a few people (Swiss Bobby, Lamb etc) talking about a forum stab at the 3 Peaks next year. I'd be really keen to get this off the ground, but what do you have to do? I think Ironman did it this year - can we set up our own event, who officially acknowledges it was done in the requisite 24 hrs, is there a website?
I could 'host' the Sca Fell leg, ie reccy the route, set up tea stall at the bottom using willing friends etc.
Any thoughts?
26/09/2002 at 11:46
Count me in! I could get the family organised to help at the Snowdon leg if it was in the school hols.
26/09/2002 at 11:54
Good! I knew you'd be one of the first to sign up.
26/09/2002 at 11:56
I'd be interested in whatever capacity was needed ie running, driving, butty making.
26/09/2002 at 12:24
Can I register my interest please, having only just discovered Scafell Pike,I fancy doing the three peaks.
26/09/2002 at 12:47
Um, put me down as a possible. I've already mucked up Mr Nessie's holidays this year by changing jobs, so it would be dependant on not clashing again.

But I'll definately do Ben Nevis.
26/09/2002 at 12:59
I am well up for it, Trail magazine had a list of challenges either this or last month & there was something about the three peaks, I'll dig it out & get some info, I doubt if I will be back on the forum after today till the weekend or next week but I'll let you know ASAP
26/09/2002 at 13:14
Hi Laura,

There are basically a number of ways of going about it:

1. Go with an organised tour run by charities who have guides and provide drivers etc...
2. Do it yourself
3. Enter one of the "official" races (do it yourself but compete against other tams)

I would definately recommend the second option. The only problem is that you do not have any official acknowledgement of your achievement. It is just a case of starting your stopwatch when you leave to climb Ben Nevis then stopping it after you have got off Snowdon (or vice versa). The only drawback of doing it yourself is completing the driving. Ideally a couple of designated drivers would be ideal, or you can share the driving especially if there are a lot of us doing it. A hired minibus (or two) would be easy and ideal transport

The advantage of doing it yourself is that you can go at less busy times. We passed one of the organised tours (on the way down Ben Nevis) and there were zillions of them and it was just so crowded.

I think we also have enough people who know the three peaks well enough to be comfortable leading those less experienced.


26/09/2002 at 13:20
Ps: Forgot to say, it is great fun and I am definately up for doing it again

26/09/2002 at 13:27
I'd be really interested in doing it. I have done it once before - starting at Snowdon - but it was a while ago. 'Fraid I don't know much about organising it as it was a crowd from work and was arranged by their Gym.
26/09/2002 at 13:51
I'd be really interested in joining you as well, it's on my list of challenges for next year already!!

Incidently the Wooden Spoon Society do a 4 peaks challenge which involves a mountain in Ireland as well Which to me sounds like a fantastic place to finish with all that Guiness about!!
26/09/2002 at 17:01
Me me me me too please. I had planned to do it with one of the charities next year (it was my wife's suggestion - perhaps I should be worried by that). The dog stays home though.
26/09/2002 at 18:55
I don't want to put the dampers on anything but if you do go ahead please look into the environmental issues. Recently the 3 peaks events have been causing major damage especially around the Sca Fell area. I'm also a keen mountaineer and on a recent trip the place looked awful. If you've got any questions I'll dig out a recent article I read about it and mail it to you.
26/09/2002 at 20:30
Please count me in as its on the list of 'to dos'

I think there was a feature in RW/RF recently about it,Time to leaf through the back issues......
26/09/2002 at 20:42
OK, guess what I did last weekend....

We did it ourselves (it was a party from my wife's workplace, I was drafted in as being reasonably fit and experienced in the mountains), two mini buses, six support crew, eleven walkers. Started at the bottom of Ben Nevis noon on saturday, got to the foot of Snowdon with twenty minutes to spare on sunday.

We had good weather, a (fairly) fit and experienced team, excellent backup, no problems with traffic - and still only twenty minutes to spare. When it's described as a challenge they aren't joking.

It was however a tremendous experience (not to mention raising about £6,000 for the Meningitis Trust), but does take an awful lot of organising. There were two other teams attempting it at the same time as us, neither of them completed within the deadline (in fact we think they didn't complete at all).

So if people want to go for it, I'd probably be up for doing it again, and can also provide advice on what might be the best way to organise it (I can think of some things I'd do differently from the one we've just done already).

This isn't, however, me volunteering to organise it! But I do have very recent experience of it which I'd be happy to share.
26/09/2002 at 23:22
Thanks for the info, interest and experience.
First, environmental impact. This is an important issue and one I take seriously living near the Lakes and seeing some of the damage from litter etc. So please do send me the article and I will also ask around locally, as I wouldn't want to contribute to this problem no matter how much fun it was.

Ironman and Slowboy, your experience will be invaluable! Perhaps you could gather your thoughts and post/email them some time?

It sounds like it would be a real challenge to complete; I'd be interested in whether you think a team of relative strangers could generate the necessary teamwork and support to make it happen or whether a core group needs to be formed who already know each other. Also what a realistic experience and fitness level would mean?

I think next steps are reading up and talking to people who've done it, and look into the different options. I take Ironman's point about doing it on our own as opposed to a preorganised charity event. Partly because charities have different meanings for different people and avoiding crowds carries a lot of benefits.

So anyone who wants to add their bit please do so over the next few months.

Hopefully there may be the beginnings of some sort of plan formulated over the winter; I'm not a brilliant organiser but happy to start the ball rolling for now. And we can all start practising night-time navigation and walking briskly up and down hills!
27/09/2002 at 06:53
OK, I'll pull my thoughts together and probably Email them to you direct (you started this thread so it looks like you've nominated yourself chief organiser!)

Night time navigation - we had a beautifully clear night on Scafell Pike with a full moon - it was the best part of the whole trip.
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
27/09/2002 at 08:16
Laura, as a Loonie Alpine runner I am definately up for this. Just need to sort out dates, when are you proposing to do this one?
27/09/2002 at 10:46
Given that we are from all over the place, we seem to be wanting to do it on our own, and the organisation will be a bit of a nightmare, why not dispense with the 24 hour time limit. I think completing the 3 peaks in 36 or even 48 hours is still a pretty good achievement.

Just a thought.
27/09/2002 at 11:00
You could also combine it with a fair amount of beer drinking then, Nessie, which was notably absent from our attempt.
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