National 3 Peaks 24hr Challenge
The National 3 Peaks is a popular challenge to climb Scafell Pike 978m, Ben Nevis 1344m and Snowdon 1085m inside 24hrs. 3 countries, 2900m of ascent and descent, 44km of walking, 450 miles of driving and just 24hrs to achieve it. A true test of fitness and stamina!
National Three Peaks Challenge
The National 3 Peaks Challenge is a serious test of strength, stamina and determination. To climb the 3 tallest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in either 24 hours or within one continuous effort is a life changing adventure that will test the metal of any participant.
The challenge will see successful participants climb the peaks are Ben Nevis 1344m, Scafell Pike 978m and Snowdon 1085m. We complete them in that order although unlike other company's who will halt the challenge if participants fail to keep to the ideal timings, you will still climb all 3 peaks over the weekend so long as you remain fit and healthy and still have the desire to continue.
24 hours is a brilliant achievement, but it is an equal achievement to finish the 3 peaks in one continuous attempt, as a team, and still have time to enjoy the amazing scenery and views. (For mixed ability teams to complete the 3 Peaks together as a team at the pace of the slowest walker, the usual time is approx 27hrs)
Itinerary - National 3 Peaks Challenge
Participants are to meet at Chester services or Chester train station unless prior arrangements have been made at 7am Friday morning. An additional collection will be made at 12pm at Glasgow Airport if required. After driving to Fort William we will collect our challenge ‘hill Food’ before starting the challenge at approx 5pm.
Sample Timings based on last 60 attempts
Depart Ben Nevis Inn 5pm Fri. summit Ben Nevis 8pm / Down to bus 10:30pm (5hrs 30mins)
Depart Fort William 10:45pm arrive 5:45am Sat (after a 45 min break on motorway at Annandale services) Depart Wasdale 6am summit Scafell Pike 8:30pm back down 10:30am (4hrs 30) depart Wasdale and arrive at Pen y Pass 4pm and depart for Snowdon 4:15pm Summit Snowdon 6:45pm and down 9pm
Total 26.5hrs (Due to drivers mandatory tachograph rest stops and buses being governed to 61mph it is acceptable to add 1hr and 30 minutes onto the challenge time as these delays are outside of the normal challenge remit.
Professional Leadership by experienced and qualified Mountain Leaders and assistants whom are current and competent mountain first aiders.
Comfortable dedicated transport and professional driver throughout the challenge
Certificate of completion.
Transport to and from collection point
Clothing and Equipment
meals and drinks
Participants should prepare for this challenge accordingly and ensure that they fully understand the rigours involved.
Time will be made for participants to purchase food and drink before and during the challenge but Participants are strongly advised to follow the advice which will be given on the Imp Adventures administration letter and to stock up prior to the challenge.
Ben Nevis, height: 1,344m 4,409 feet
Scafell Pike, height: 978m 3,210 feet
Snowdon, height: 1,085m 3,560 feet
Road mileage: 450 - 500 miles
Total ascent and descent: 2,900m 9,800 feet
Distance to be walked: Approx. 44 km / 27 miles
Prior to the challenge (2 days) participants should most definitely refrain from consuming alcohol! And try to eat a good balanced diet containing all of the essential food groups so as best to prepare their bodies for the rigors of 24 hrs of hard physical exertion!
At least 5ltrs of water should be brought by each participant and stowed on board the challenge transport for ‘top-up’ purposes
Participants will require food for breakfast, lunch and dinner whilst traveling on the challenge transport throughout, although a short 45 min service station stop will be made on route for participants to purchase additional fresh food on route to Scafell.
Ideally participants should aim to bring food that is easy to digest when tired and thirsty and it should be capable of giving participants enough essential carbohydrates and essential nutrients for the refueling and recovery required between each hill phase of the challenge.
Suggested Food items:
Easy peel oranges
Tesco style pasta pots
Pork pies / Scotch Eggs
Sandwiches / Malt Loaf / Wraps
Energy and Recovery drinks (not gels)
Haribo sweets / Jelly Babies
Baby Bell cheeses
Clothing and Equipment
Participants should be prepared for ‘all seasons in one day’ type of weather! Spare clothing etc can be left in the challenge transport throughout.
2/3 Season well worn in walking boots with ankle support x 2 prs if possible
Walking Trousers (not denim) x 2pr
Wicking base layer long sleeve shirt x 3
New walking socks x 3 pairs and underwear
Fleece long sleeve mid layer x 2
Windproof type fleece outer insulating layer
Waterproof breathable jacket and trousers
Fleece hat and gloves and sun hat x 2 each
LED Head torch (not hand torch) and spare batteries
25 ltr rucksack with waterproof liner (black bin bag ok)
2 ltrs of drinking water in sturdy leak-proof Nalgene bottles or bladder style hydration pack (energy powder and Isotonic powder is a good idea to mix with water)
Simple ‘to hand’ hill food, jelly babies, sweets, fruit, nuts, chocolate, Haribo mixes etc
Walking poles if experienced in their use!!!
Personal medication and first aid – Sun screen, pain killers, allergy relief, Vaseline or anti-chaffing cream, blister plasters etc
Washing kit and towel and spare clothes for traveling and completion of challenge
Ear plugs if required for bus
flip flops for bus journeys
Money for evening meal and service station stops
Bottle of champagne for post challenge celebrations at Pen y Pass
Soft duffle bag to hold all non carried clothing and equipment
Anti – Cramp tablets
Small pillow for bus journey