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What personal kit you need? 

 Here's what should be on your gear list, and how to be prepared for a hiking adventure with us

Personal Kit list for National 3 Peaks Challenge

 

The National Three Peaks Challenge is a hard walk, both in terms of the height gained and lost and the lack of sleep over the twenty four hours of the event. The terrain is rocky at times and the weather can be very challenging.We have to allow for extremes of weather and you really must make sure you turn up for the event with the following:

 

  • You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event.  If you are unused to physical activity if is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. Mountain Events Ltd can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.

  • Footwear: boots are best and make sure they are waterproof.  Walking with wet socks will quickly soften and blister your feet.

  • Waterproof breathable jacket with a hood.  In heavy rain the hood is vital.

  • Waterproof breathable over-trousers (not just walking trousers).   Wearing shorts does not absolve you from having waterproof over-trousers. 

  • Warm hat and warm gloves.  Ski type are best.  Woollen gloves don’t stop the wind.  Waterproof gloves are best.

  • Have clothing you can layer.  Thin thermal or a tee-shirt then a fleece.  Cotton is a no-no on the hill.  When it gets wet it is heavy, will not dry out and sucks heat away from your body.  Synthetic fibres are much better.  You need to have a change of clothes and spare socks for each mountain just in case.   You will be able to change ready for the next mountain in the minibus.   Bring spare bin liners for the wet stuff.

  • For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).

  • Water bottle or hydration system eg platypus, to carry at least 1 litre.  We will meet the support vehicle twice so you can re-fill then with the water we are carrying.   It is important that you re-hydrate after each mountain. 

  • Food – we will provide this, along with hot drinks if needed at the rest points.  You will be expected to carry spare food (provided by us).

  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in but not a massive expedition bag.  Your bag will leak so put a plastic rubble sack inside your bag and put everything in this.

  • First Aid Kit – we will carry this but you will be expected to have plasters for blisters (Compeed are best).

  • We can supply trekking poles if you want them. 

  • We will also supply head torches for the sections walked in the dark. 

Clearly if it is a hot summer’s day we can re-evaluate the kit we will ask you to carry but please have it in your rucksack at the start.  The Guides will make the decision as to what is needed on each mountain based on their experience.

 

Personal Kit list for the 10 Peaks Challenge

 

The 10 Peaks Challenge is a hard walk with a lot of steep ascents and descents.The terrain is rocky at times and the weather can be very challenging.We have to allow for extremes of weather and you really must make sure you turn up for the event with the following:

 

  • You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event.  If you are unused to physical activity if is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. Mountain Events Ltd can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.

  • Footwear: boots are best and make sure they are waterproof.  Walking with wet socks will quickly soften and blister your feet.

  • Waterproof breathable jacket with a hood.  In heavy rain the hood is vital.

  • Waterproof breathable over-trousers (not just walking trousers).   Wearing shorts does not absolve you from having waterproof over-trousers. 

  • Warm hat and warm gloves.  Ski type are best.  Woollen gloves don’t stop the wind.  Waterproof gloves are best.

  • Have clothing you can layer.  Thin thermal or a tee-shirt then a fleece.  Cotton is a no-no on the hill.  When it gets wet it is heavy, will not dry out and sucks heat away from your body.  Synthetic fibres are much better.  A spare Tee shirt in your rucksack can be useful.

  • For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).

  • On this event we are away from the valley and sources of water for the whole day.  You will have to carry at least four litres of water.   This sounds like an excessive amount, however over the many times we have done this walk, this amount of water has always been needed.   So water bottles or hydration system eg platypus are needed to carry the water.  We will supply water in 500ml plastic water bottles for you to use or you can fill up your own hydration systems using our water.

  • Food – we will provide this for you and will comprise of sandwiches, fruit, sweets, chocolate bars, nuts, flapjack   You will be expected to carry your own food for the entire day (provided by us).

  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in but not a massive expedition bag.  Your bag will leak so put a plastic rubble sack inside your bag and put everything in this.  Have a plastic bag for your mobile phone as well.

  • First Aid Kit – we will carry this but you will be expected to have plasters for blisters (Compeed are best).

  • We can supply trekking poles if you want them.  Given that there is a large amount of descent on this event I would really recommend taking poles.  They really do make a difference when legs and knees are tired. 

  • We will also supply head torches at certain times of the year where a late finish may mean walking the last section in the dark.

  • There are no toilets for the entire duration of the walk from leaving the accommodation early in the morning until the end of the walk.  So bring tissues as well. 

 Clearly if it is a hot summer’s day we can re-evaluate the kit we will ask you to carry but please have it in your rucksack at the start.  The Guides will make the decision as to what is needed for the day based on their experience. 

 

Personal Kit list for the 6 Peaks Challenge

 

Undertaking the 6 Peaks Challenge means we will be outside for about ten hours and so we need to be prepared for whatever the Lake District weather can throw at us.You really must make sure you turn up for the event with the following:

 

  • You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event.  If you are unused to physical activity if is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. Mountain Events Ltd can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.

  • Footwear: boots are best and make sure they are waterproof.  Walking with wet socks will quickly soften and blister your feet.

  • Waterproof breathable jacket with a hood.  In heavy rain the hood is vital.

  • Waterproof breathable over-trousers (not just walking trousers).   Wearing shorts does not absolve you from having waterproof over-trousers. 

  • Warm hat and warm gloves.  Ski type are best.  Woollen gloves don’t stop the wind.  Waterproof gloves are best.

  • Have clothing you can layer.  Thin thermal or a tee-shirt then a fleece.  Cotton is a no-no on the hill.  When it gets wet it is heavy, will not dry out and sucks heat away from your body.  Synthetic fibres are much better.  A spare Tee shirt in your rucksack can be useful.

  • For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).

  • On this event we are away from the valley and sources of water for five hours until we reach the café and our support vehicle at Honister pass.  You will have to carry at least two litres of water.  So water bottles or hydration system eg platypus are needed to carry the water.  We will supply water in 500ml plastic water bottles for you to use or you can fill up your own hydration systems using our water.

  • Food – we will provide this for you and will comprise of sandwiches, fruit, sweets, chocolate bars, nuts, flapjack   You will be expected to carry your own food to last until Honister pass.  Here we will provide more food, hot and drinks and water.

  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in but not a massive expedition bag.  Your bag will leak so put a plastic rubble sack inside your bag and put everything in this.  Have a plastic bag for your mobile phone as well.

  • First Aid Kit – we will carry this but you will be expected to have plasters for blisters (Compeed are best).

  • We can supply trekking poles if required.

  • We will also supply head torches at certain times of the year where a late finish may mean walking the last section in the dark.

  • There are toilets at the café at Honister pass, but that is half way through the walk, so bring tissues as well. 

Clearly if it is a hot summer’s day we can re-evaluate the kit we will ask you to carry but please have it in your rucksack at the start.  The Guides will make the decision as to what is needed for the day based on their experience.

 

Personal Kit list for the Lake District 3000 footers Challenge

 

Undertaking the Lake District 3000 footers Challenge means we will be outside for 6 to seven hours for two days and so we need to be prepared for whatever the Lake District weather can throw at us.You really must make sure you turn up for the event with the following:

 

  • You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event.  If you are unused to physical activity if is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. Mountain Events Ltd can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.

  • Footwear: boots are best and make sure they are waterproof.  Walking with wet socks will quickly soften and blister your feet.

  • Waterproof breathable jacket with a hood.  In heavy rain the hood is vital.

  • Waterproof breathable over-trousers (not just walking trousers).   Wearing shorts does not absolve you from having waterproof over-trousers. 

  • Warm hat and warm gloves.  Ski type are best.  Woollen gloves don’t stop the wind.  Waterproof gloves are best.

  • Have clothing you can layer.  Thin thermal or a tee-shirt then a fleece.  Cotton is a no-no on the hill.  When it gets wet it is heavy, will not dry out and sucks heat away from your body.  Synthetic fibres are much better.  A spare t-shirt in your rucksack can be useful.

  • For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).

  • On this event we are away from the valley and sources of water for six to seven hours on the first day.  You will have to carry at least two litres of water.  So water bottles or hydration system eg platypus are needed to carry the water.  We will supply water in 500ml plastic water bottles for you to use or you can fill up your own hydration systems using our water.

  • Food – we will provide this for you and will comprise of sandwiches, fruit, sweets, chocolate bars, nuts and flapjack.   You will be expected to carry your own food (provided by us).

  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in but not a massive expedition bag.  Your bag will leak so put a plastic rubble sack inside your bag and put everything in this.  Have a plastic bag for your mobile phone as well.

  • First Aid Kit – we will carry this but you will be expected to have plasters for blisters (Compeed are best).

  • We can supply trekking poles if required.

  • We will also supply head torches at certain times of the year where a late finish may mean walking the last section in the dark.

Clearly if it is a hot summer’s day we can re-evaluate the kit we will ask you to carry but please have it in your rucksack at the start.  The Guides will make the decision as to what is needed for the day based on their experience.

 
 
 
 

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