Achieve 3 Peaks Challenge 2011 – Scafell Pike Training Walk

At the weekend, a group of our challengers travelled to the lake district to climb one of the peaks we will actually climb during the challenge – Scafell Pike. Scafell Pike is the highest fell in England at 978m.

We started the our ascent from Wasdale Head, the route was flat-ish for the first 20 minutes; it then changed to 90 minutes of steep trekking. We had a break at 45 minutes to assess which of the routes we were going to ascend by.

We chose to head towards the Mickledore ridge; some pretty tricky scrambling followed and the weather suddenly changing for the worse didn’t help matters. The fact that I had brocken the tip of my finger the week before also made gripping rocks for support more difficult. The whole team made it up the scramble, which gave a massive sense of achievement to the group members that hadn’t been on a ‘real’ mountain before.

Visibility was really poor between Mickledore and the summit of Scafell Pike which made navigation a little more difficult. We had to cross a boulder field that was a challenge for the groups balance skills particularly in high winds.

The last time I climbed Scafell Pike, the views were amazing across the Lake District; sadly we weren’t rewarded on this visit. Visibility was down to about 5m.

We descended the mountain via a different route, the route we will use both ways on the actual challenge. It’s tough on the knees as it is basically just 2 hours of walking down a steep hill but the group coped well and were rewarded in the warm Wasdale Head Pub with a cup of tea :0).

Less than 4 weeks now until the 3 Peaks Challenge.

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