/ 3 Peaks Rage
I've just taken over the organisation of a mountaineering club at a school, whose aim is to get the older students involved in the outdoors. In previous years they have done the National 3 Peaks and raised a bit of money, but I bloody hate that idea.
It's probably an age-old discussion but as I'm new, cut me some slack. The kids think it's really prestigious and some like the idea, but I'm determined to move them on to something else, primarily because of the time wasted driving across the country.
Any ideas for an alternative but equally challenging walk, completed over a weekend involving steep ground and sapping some stamina? Lakes or Snowdonia would be fine. Yorkshire 3 Peaks, I think, doesn't expose them to the best of the mountains in the UK (Prepared to be shouted at on this one!)
Welsh 3000s would be the obvious choice, possibly in stages or relay if the kids aren't up to it all at once.
1000m peaks of wales... You'd need a solid navigator or guide..
Carneddau 4000ers.. You'd need a good navigator or guide..
> Carneddau 4000ers.. You'd need a good navigator or guide..
Unless I am missing something, wouldn't that also need an awful lot of earth moving equipment?
> Unless I am missing something, wouldn't that also need an awful lot of earth moving equipment?
There's the Lakes 3000s as well or maybe a coast to coast of some sort - Dart to Exe, Dragon's Back, that sort of thing.
Welsh 3000ers - did it at school myself.
3 peaks of Yorkshire would make for a good test event for it.
3 peaks of GB involves spending more time on the roads than on the hills, so is pointless
in 24 Hrs
Just a thought don't know if its possible
Probably as much fun to be had planning it as doing it
less driving than 3 peaks..(just) but much more adventure
start in Kerry and finish in Llanberis?
Just follow the crocodile of sponsored suckers any summer weekend...It has 1/10 appeal as a mountaineering challenge. Easy way to keep fit without a map.
Speaking as a proud Yorkshireman the Yorks 3 Peaks could put them off the hills for life. It's rubbish. Way too much dreary bogtrotting, especially between P-y-G and Whernside. I did it once and, much as I love the Dales, ...
BTW well done for rejecting the 3 peaks, it's a horrible valueless event.
How about the Sierra Nevada big 3: Mulhacen 3482m, Alcazaba 3364m and Veleta 3396m?
All "non technical" walking peaks in summer conditions.
I'd echo the voices congratulating you for trying to get them off the national 3 peaks.
Like others I'd say the Welsh 3000's (proper tough challenge) and add the Lakes 3000's
There is a bit more information about both (as well as the Yorkshire 3 peaks) here
or 3 Peaks challenge, but pick 3 different Peaks in each region eg Bidian nam Bian, Helvellyn Tryfan?
The Welsh 1000m peaks is less serious and achievable.. still a good 10-15 hrs for most fit people.. I've taken groups over it in 16 hrs, but ran it in 4.. without the new one though..
The 3000ers is also much more weather dependent.
Snowdon.. Cader.. Pen Y Fan..
You can cycle between too to make it more of a challenge, in one day, or over 2 is probably preferable.
> whose aim is to get the older students involved in the outdoors. In ...
> Any ideas for an alternative but equally challenging walk,
Just a thought, but if you are trying to get students involved in the outdoors, is it wise to go for a huge challenge. Couldn't this well put them off if there are blisters or exhaustion etc? Or is this the culmination of other events?
If it's a fundraiser, why not look at the 10 Tors? It fixes you to a certain weekend but it's a good un!
If it's to get them into the outdoors long term, why not just take them out into the hills a couple of weekends a month for a nice chilled out 'grown up' weekend's hillwalking? Much more likely to get the bug that way rather than getting thrashed up and down a challenge route...
> If it's a fundraiser, why not look at the 10 Tors? It fixes you to a certain weekend but it's a good un!
Fantastic challenge all right, but unless you are local and the organisation has a track record in the event it may take many years of applications to get in.
Dont underestimate the appeal of the wildcamping bit. Find a walk including that and you wont need to walk them that far for it to be a real adventure.
Like that idea, thanks.
> Like others I'd say the Welsh 3000's (proper tough challenge) and add the Lakes 3000's
The event is the culmination of other things, perhaps including some or all of Yorks 3P as training and most will have done lots of outdoors stuff already. Will consider:
National 3P in 3 different (long) weekends
Alternative National 3P (Did Y Garn, Helvellyn and Buchaille Etive Mor once, twas awesome) But this is still driving-heavy
What about Lakes 3000s cycling between the peaks?
Elsewhere on the site
Nick Livesey discovered the mountains of Snowdonia over a decade ago and finally moved there a year and a half ago, quitting a... Read more
2014 has been a bumper year for climbing publications. Here's a few of the ones that we have either read, or ones that we... Read more
A product review by James Turnbull. James Turnbull at Outside recently took the new Osprey Mutant 38 on a rigorous test in the... Read more
WINTERFEST 2014 at Outside in Hathersage 6th and 7th December 2014 Outside's ever popular Winterfest event is back... Read more
The British climbing scene is very exciting at the moment. It is quite clear that as a sport it is developing at a rapid rate and... Read more