Monday, 18 January 2010

The Lakeland 3000's

I was in the pub the other night having a few fine beverages when I had a banter with Si, a Dark chum of mine, with whom I completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks hiking trail year. This was no walk in the park but we managed to complete the 25 miles in just over 10 hours (some of the blokes did do it in under - one ran the last 8 miles from the top of Ingleborough which was a feat in itself - he was keen for a pint though in fairness). Just after we completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks hiking trail it was muted that we undertake something a bit more challenging this year (as if that wasn't enough) so he has come up with a new challenge which I haven't quite come across before and thinking about it for very good reason. We did originally discuss doing the National 3 Peaks however on further inspection it appears that this would be too easy (cough cough splutter wretch). Since our chat on Friday I've searched high and low for a walking resource that details or explains this "8 3000 Peaks" route (or similar) to no avail however I am pretty sure there must be some headcase out there that has bitten off this mouthfull and successfully chewed it. Undoubtedly there will countless more folk out there that will have had a good gnaw and ended up spitting out the mangled mess!

The challenge is to take in the 8 highest peaks in England (all over 3000 feet) within 24 hours. All of these are in the Lake District and are as follows;

Skiddaw northern fells 3054
Lower Man (Hellvelyn) eastern fells 3035
Hellvelyn eastern fells 3117
Broad Crag southern fells 3064
Ill Crag southern fells 3068
Scafell Pike southern fells 3209
Symond’s Knott southern fells 3146
Scafell southern fells 3164

This is gonna be a huge undertaking, being around 42 miles in length and around 10,500 vertical feet it is going to be torture but it is being done for a great cause - Dreams Come True.

The plan is to break the colossal hiking trail into 3 roughly even parts and head to the Lake District to walk each leg in preparation. The aim of these acclimatisation walks is two fold, firstly and the most obvious is for physical training - 42 miles is a fair slog and without training, especially in the hills, it will for sure be impossible. Secondly we need to know the route we are to take. If we head in the wrong direction for even as little as 15 mins on the day we will have obviously have to backtrack that 15 mins, saving time is essential and we can't afford that delay, nor can we afford the wasted energy in covering that ground.

I wondered what this years challenge was going to be. Not any more.........

Below is a map of the route we're going to take;

View 8 peaks route in a larger map


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