Thursday, 20 September 2012

A 3 Peaks Challenge for Hearts & Minds

The 3 Peaks Challenge for Hearts & Minds involves climbing the three highest mountains in the United Kingdom - Ben Nevis in Scotland; Scafell Pike, in the Lake District National Park and Snowdon in Wales - in 24 hours or 3 days: your choice.

The 24 hour challenge takes place from 14th to 16th June 2013.

The 3 day challenge takes place from 23rd to 26th August 2013

More about the 24 hour challenge:

We travel to Fort William on the Friday and climb Ben Nevis on the Saturday morning, we climb Scafell Pike in the early evening and finally, on Sunday morning we climb Snowdon.

People contemplating this particular event should have the necessary fitness and also be prepared for the endurance of lack of sleep.

We aim to complete the mountains in a time of 13 hours: Ben Nevis in 5 hours, Scafell Pike in 4 hours and Snowdon in 4 hours. The overall trip takes longer than 13 hours as you need to transfer by road to each mountain along the way.

The Challenge is guided by qualified mountain leaders and our driver is a professional and competent member of our company and will stay with the vehicle throughout the Challenge.  This event is a full on Challenge that will test your physical ability.

Typical Itinerary 

We run the trip over the weekend, Friday morning to Sunday Afternoon. We also offer a midweek Challenge, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.


We will meet up at different points of the route and travel to Fort William. We will have a briefing and check that all clients have the necessary equipment. For the remainder of the evening, we will be able to relax, eat an evening meal and prepare for the following event.


We aim to have breakfast at 7:00 am and depart for the beginning of the Challenge at approximately 8:00 am at Ben Nevis visitor centre. This should be a round trip of about 5 hours. A transfer to Scafell Pike in the Lake District National Park. Scafell will be an evening ascent (4 hour round trip).


Early hours of Sunday Morning, we will transfer to Snowdon, where we will complete the final part of the Challenge: climbing Snowdon, in approximately 3.5 hours. Drop offs along the route to Manchester.

Please note that this itinerary is only a guide and can be subject to change dependent upon fitness and weather conditions. 

Recommended Fitness Programme

The 3 Peaks challenge over 24 hours will require a high level of physical fitness and there is a preparation programme on the website:

A Few facts about the Mountains you will Climb 

Ben Nevis 

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. It is located in the West of the Grampian Mountains and is close to the town of Fort William. The mountain is 1,344 m (4,409ft) high. It was first climbed on 17th August 1771 by James Robertson. The track was built in 1883. There are ruins of Meteorologist observatory on the mountain.

Scafell Pike 

Scafell is the highest mountain in England and is located in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. The mountain is near the town of Gosforth. The base of the mountain runs along Wastwater, the deepest lake in England at 79 metres deep. Scafell is 978 m (3,209 ft) high.


Snowdon is the highest peak in Wales and is located in the Snowdonia National Park. It is 1,085 m (3,560 ft) tall and has several climbs up the mountain. The usual tracks that ‘The 3 Peaks Challenge’ takes are the Pyg track or miners track.

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