Can you climb the UK’s three highest peaks in 24 hours?

by Cass Expeditionaries Society (XPS)

Excursion Leadership Expedition

Sat, 26 May 2018, 1:30 PM –

Sun, 27 May 2018, 5:30 PM

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Our next event is the iconic three peaks challenge, which involves climbing Scotland, England and Wales’ tallest mountains:

•    Ben Nevis, Scotland (1,345m)
•    Scafell Pike, England (978m)
•    Snowdon, Wales (1,085m)

All within 24 hours! It is a feat of both mental and physical endurance.

Chris Andrews, a seasoned explorer with experience of the Arctic, the Himalaya, the Alps, and the Middle East, will facilitate the trip.  Chris is also founder and coach at www.objectiveX.co.uk, helping people to develop their mind and body to endure the toughest challenges, survive extreme conditions and achieve their ultimate goals. 
The itinerary

Saturday 26th May

13:30    Depart from Glasgow Central Railway Station    
16:30    Arrive Fort Williams    
    Estimated driving / sleeping time: 3 hours    
17:00    Hike Ben Nevis, Scotland    
    Estimated hiking time: 5hours    
22:00    Transport from Scotland to Wasdale Head, Lake District    
    Estimated driving / sleeping time: 6 hours   

Sunday 27th May
04:00    Hike Scafell Pike, Lake District    
    Estimated hiking time: 4 hours    
08:00    Transport from Lake District to Wales    
    Estimated driving / sleeping time: 5 hours    
13:00    Hike Snowdon, Wales    
    Estimated hiking time: 4 hours    
17:00    Depart for Chester Station    
    Estimated driving / sleeping time: 1.25 hours    
17:30    Depart Chester Station    

As Monday is a bank holiday, you could also spend the day recovering in Chester if you’d like!

We will provide options for travelling to Glasgow and back from Chester in the coming weeks.

What will it cost?

The estimated price for the trip is:

•    c. £150-250 to cover transport, drivers and guides
•    Up to £230 for train tickets to Glasgow and back from Chester (but should be considerably less than this)

We will be able to confirm prices once we know the exact number of people that are joining.

How to sign up

You need to be a XPS member to attend our trips. If you’re not already a member you can sign up here: https://community.city.ac.uk/city/the-cass-mba-expeditionary-society-membership-payment-form

We ask for a £60 donation to become a member – this gives you access to all the trips planned this year (which include Ireland, Colombia and Vietnam) plus special leadership/expedition events (for example, our inaugural event with Everest climber Chris Bonnington).

To commit, please email us no later than Friday 16 March and pay a non-refundable deposit of £75 via the debit card link here to secure your place. Places are limited to 15 and we will fill them on a first come; first served basis thereafter a waiting list.

Suggested kit list

•    Walking boots (mandatory, not trail shoes or trainers)
•    Hiking socks (wearing a single pair recommended, rather than using a liner sock)
•    Walking trousers (lightweight hiking trousers, not jeans or tracksuit trousers)
•    Sports top (not cotton)
•    Windproof jacket
•    Optional: Thermals

To carry with you

•    Map
•    Compass
•    Hill snacks
•    Gloves (+ spares)
•    Hat (covering ears + spare)
•    Waterproofs
•    Backpack raincover
•    Mobile phone
•    Spare socks
•    Blister plasters
•    First aid kit
•    Sunglasses & suncream
•    Head torch
•    Camera
•    Survival blanket
•    Recommended: walking poles
•    Optional: GPS

Keep in the car

•    Food (main supplies, carry some snacks)
•    Changes of clothes
•    4 litres of water per person
•    Light shoes / sandals
•    Sleeping bag / blanket

How fit do you need to be?

This is a tough challenge but accessible to anyone willing to do a bit of training - though of course there is sleep deprivation to contend with! Have a look at the Three Peaks training page for ideas. Our facilitator Chris will also give us some tips. It will be fun, stretching and a brilliant experience.

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