3 Peaks Challenge Frequently Asked Questions
We often find that people will ask similar questions when deciding if the 3 Peak Challenge is right for them or indeed leading up to their event.
Here we summarise the most common questions:
Fitness & Training for the 3 Peak Challenge
Q. How fit do I need to be for the challenge?
A. Physical fitness and walking experience are both very important. The 3 Peaks challenge is as tough mentally as it is physically. You will suffer from sleep deprivation, fatigue and possibly be faced with some rather challenging weather conditions, however these all help to make the 3 Peaks challenge such an amazing adventure! The weekend isn’t easy but it is fun, rewarding and challenging. If you are tough on the inside, your outside will catch up.
Preparation for the 3 Peaks challenge must be taken seriously and we encourage participants to undertake physical activity for at least 3 months before the event. All challengers will receive a plan to help support with their training after they have registered.
Whether our public challenge is of the 36 hour or 24 hour format, we do have a responsibility to our challengers to maintain a reasonable pace as detailed under our routes tab on this page. Should any participants not be able to achieve this pace during the event, they may be asked to withdraw from parts of or the remaining sections of the challenge.
Q. How should I train for the 3 Peaks challenge?
A. The best and most relevant training you can do would be to walk up and down mountains or hills. We appreciate that this is not always possible due to location however anything with a gradient will help prepare you for the real thing.
If you do not have access to any hills then you can create your own in the gym. Walk up hills on the treadmill, take steps on the climber or go up and down stairs. Any movement that involves stepping up is beneficial. Failing the first two training options, the next best thing would be to improve the strength of muscles required in the challenge. Performing exercises such as squats, lunges and step ups will help increase the strength of your leg muscles. You can progress by holding weights to increase intensity. We recommend you speak to your gym instructor if you are unsure.
Q. Will I be left behind if I am slow?
Of course not! In the past we have tried to keep participants together in large or small groups but have found that participants enjoy the challenge more if they can go at their own pace whether that be faster or slower than the average. No one is allowed to walk on their own but we do allow you to trek in smaller groups of 2 or more where applicable.
We will always have a leader right at the front and a mountain guide at the back of the group to show the way. Challengers are not permitted to overtake the front leader or fall behind the back guide. Commonly this results in 3 smaller groups; a front group, back group and one in the middle. No one will be forced to walk faster or slower than they are able to.
Health & Cancellation
Q. I have a medical condition; can I still take part?
A. We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their GP / Consultant before signing up to a challenge. When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part.
The Health and safety of all participants and members of staff are paramount to us. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity. Please refer to 6.6 in our Terms & Conditions.
Q. If I need to cancel my place due to unforeseen circumstances, what will happen to the money I have already paid?
A. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferrable. If you have already paid your remaining balance when you need to cancel your place, the following policies will apply:
If you cancel within 3 calendar months of the challenge commencing, you will not be entitled to any refund however your remaining balance payment can be transferred to another CC event within 18 months. Your deposit will need to be paid again no later than 3 months before the start of the new challenge event.
If you cancel before 3 months, you will be entitled to a 50% refund of your remaining balance fee or you can transfer the remaining balance amount towards another challenge within 18 months minus the non-refundable/transferrable deposit. The deposit will need to be paid again no later than 3 months before the start of the new challenge event.
If you have someone who would like to take over your challenge place, this is possible subject to them having the correct level of fitness to undertake the challenge. Any monies already paid will be assigned to your replacement booking and they will be required to pay any remaining balance that is due.
Please refer to 9.1 and 9.2 in our Terms & Conditions.
Logistics Pre / Post Challenge
Q. Are there options to pick me up on route to Scotland / drop me somewhere else after Wales if Hertfordshire is not a convenient meeting place?
A. Although we think it is a good idea to travel together as a group, we do understand the journey to Scotland / from Wales from our starting point may be long and logistically difficult for some participants. If our meeting point in Hertfordshire is not convenient for you, we do offer an alternative. Providing you can get yourself to / from the locations, we can collect participants from Glasgow Airport on route to Scotland and drop people at Birmingham New Street Train Station on the way back from Wales. We can also pick you up / drop you off at specific motorway services which is on our route.
The 3 Peak Challenge
Q. How long do we have to complete each mountain?
A. 36 Hour Challenge
As a rule of thumb we would like to complete each mountain in 6-8 hours with the driving legs between mountains being 6 hours each. This will give you a time between 30 and 36 hours.
24 Hour Challenge
As a guideline we would say Ben Nevis is 4.5 hours, Scafell Pike is 4 hours and Snowdon is 3.5 hours with the driving legs being 6 each.
Q. What should I do for food?
A. We do not supply food on the trip however you will have access to hot water which can be used to heat foods such as soup, Quick Sports Meals and porridge. If you are completing the challenge within 24 hours, this would be restricted due to time constraints.
We recommend you bring food that is energy dense, light to carry and easy to eat on the mountains. We will be making regular stops at service stations whilst driving between mountains where you will be able to purchase food.
Q. How much water should I bring?
A. We will provide enough tap water for the entire weekend however you of course can bring your own alternative sources of hydration with you. Keeping up your fluid intake is very important; before, during and after each mountain.
Q. Is Challenge Central insured? Do I need travel insurance?
Challenge Central have both public and employer liability cover from our Tour Operator insurance. This covers us for the costs of legal fees resulting from claims of negligence against Challenge Central.
Our insurance does not cover participants personally if Challenge Central is not at fault so we recommend you get an appropriate level of travel insurance to cover you for the activity.