THE 2009 ~ 3 PEAKS MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE
To climb consecutively the highest peaks in SCOTLAND (Ben Nevis 4,406 ft),
ENGLAND (Scafell 3,206 ft), & WALES (Mount Snowdon 3,560 ft), also the
travelling of 500 miles between the 3 Peaks, (by minibus) in under 24 hours.
Distance on foot = 20 miles (31 kms)
Height gained = 10,000 feet (3,050m)
Distance by road = 500 miles (800 kms)
TEAMS *For mountain safety and the important journey between Peaks, a team accepting
the 2009 3 Peaks Challenge, (by the Fire Service ‘Method’) must consist of a minimum of
four climbers/walkers, plus two separate drivers. The maximum number a team may consist
of is six walkers and three support/drivers. This must be with a reliable minibus for comfort.
Once a team has declared the number of walkers starting on each peak, they must always stay
close together and keeping only to the designated routes, pass through a series of check points.
Larger groups tend to be slower, but even at the pace of the slowest, the Challenge is
achievable within 24 hours and sensible pacing should add to the quality of the experience.
In addition to the personal achievement, all participants will receive a certificate, and a
specially commissioned medal with ribbon, in the colour of accomplishment;
Bronze = Sub 24, Silver = Sub 22, Gold = Sub 20, and Platinum = Sub 17 ½ hours.
Also a team photo will be given, for every team member at the finish line.
For ‘A’ ‘B’ & ‘X’ events, Trophies will only be awarded to those who comply fully with rules:
First Team (Sub 24 hr) First Fire Service Team *(combined events)
Runners Up (Sub 24 hr) First Police Team *
First Largest Team of 7 First Ambulance/Health Service Team*
First Mixed Team First None-emergency organisation*
First Lady on the Mountain First Overseas Team*
First All Ladies Team* 3 X Veteran’s Teams, all over 40*50*60*
First Youth Team (most under 21) Youngest & Oldest Teams Overall*
Safe Driving & Navigation Spot Prizes Cup Blaze Bear, (most for FF Charity)*
Good Samaritan Spot Prize Trophy to non-FS (most for FF Charity)*
Special Endeavour Award* Charity Champions (most for Charity)*
Geoff Wicker Memorial Trophy* The Wooden Spoon*
Team entry fee will be £400, *discounted to £350 for Police/Ambulance/Health Services and
Military, *£300 All Fire Services and £200 for Youth Teams with an average age under 21.
Deposits of £100 per team, must accompany each ‘Entry Form’ as soon as possible. From
February 2009 a reserved quota of 50% for Fire Service in this Challenge, will be opened up
to other entries, on a first come/first served basis. Full Balance is due, latest 28th Feb 2009.
Names within teams are not required until Easter 2009. Each team, (as part of entry) will be
expected to donate one prize to a combined Grand Draw, in aid of nominated Charity.
Expected demand tends to be high, so please do not delay in registering a team; refunds are
possible (100% until the end of January 2009) for teams who fail to form prior to the start.
Further information/joining instructions will be forwarded to teams only after Entry received.
“FIRE SERVICE METHOD”
Start times will be allocated on the day of your challenge, typically between 17:00 and 20:00 hours at the Glen
Nevis Visitors Centre, near Fort William, Scotland. Your start time will depend on the size of your team,
(between 4 & 6 walkers), their ages and experience and also weather conditions prevailing on the day.
Teams will climb by a designated route (without short cuts), to the trig point on Ben Nevis summit, collect a
yellow numbered tally & return by the same route. Teams for safety reasons must all keep within 10 metres
of each other, walk at the pace of the slowest and display their event number to intermediate checkpoints.
With darkness approaching, teams will clear through a base control, exchanging their yellow ‘Mountain
tally’, for a white ‘Journey tally’ prior to their overnight journey to Wasdale in the English Lake District. To
strongly discourage the urge to rally, teams will be allowed a generous six hours to reach a holding point at
Greengarth Business Centre, which has good basic facilities. Penalties, even disqualification will be
considered for anyone breaking recognised speed limits and driving without consideration, or on the limit, for
narrow roads etc. It cannot be stressed enough, that the urge to speed by some, MUST BE RESISTED.
A proven allowance will then be made for each and every team, to travel to Wasdale Head, arriving after first
light, to start the second peak. Climbing by a designated route to the summit trig point of Scafell, teams will
once again collect a yellow numbered tally and return this via the same route down the mountain.
Once again safe driving is more important than speed for the journey to Snowdonia, North Wales and teams
will not be allowed to start the last mountain, (from Pen~y~Pass) until five hours has elapsed since leaving
Wasdale Head checkpoint with their ‘White tally’. A quick dismount from the minibus at Pen-y-pass is
required, with the vehicle returning to Llanberis village and the large (lower) car park of the Legacy Royal
Victoria Hotel. Drivers will be required to park up and hand in a specific Driving/distance progress form.
Teams may spend the last few minutes utilising the facilities at Pen-y-pass, until their five hours are up and
there, collect another Yellow safety tally (with team numbers starting this peak), for their route up Snowdon
via the Pyg track. At the summit, a team’s time for the Challenge is taken and almost certainly the
equipment carried will be checked again. Teams then must descend from the summit via the Llanberis
Railway footpath. Anyone using the mountain railway, (which may not run from the summit, due to adverse
weather), must also clear through the control and finish point at Llanberis. Failure at this stage to account
for all team members may result in a call to the Mountain Rescue, assuming people are lost.
The team’s tally and any issued maps, or equipment, must now be handed in and exchanged for the medals,
appropriate to their finish times, (Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum) and collect individual photographs.
Support Services The organisers as part of the Safety package for the Challenge will provide Check
Points and authenticate timings for each Mountain & Driving leg. Marshals will be found at several points
along the designated route, equipped with radios and first aid knowledge. Results and presentations will be
made at a post event social in the Royal Victoria Hotel Llanberis, on the evening of your Challenge.
Charity fundraising *although there is not a specific requirement to raise any sponsorship, the 3
Peaks Mountain Challenge is an excellent opportunity to raise money for Charity. Teams are therefore
encouraged to raise funds for the events Official Charity the Fire Fighters Charity.
Accommodation To fully enjoy the experience of the Three Peaks Challenge and the mountain areas
visited, teams journeying long distances to the start at Fort William, might consider travelling to the start a
day earlier and arranging overnight accommodation in Scotland. Equally, following the finish, why not stay
over in North Wales and relax, before journeying home the next day? The evening social will be an excellent
opportunity to re-hydrate.
CAUTION The walk must be considered strenuous, as it covers over 20 miles of high terrain and
includes 10,000 feet of ascent. The strains of participation and sleep deprivation must be considered.
Individuals will be required to complete a ‘Health Declaration Form’ and with sensible preparation and
training, it is quite possible for the majority of teams to achieve a Sub 24 hour Challenge, without running or
breaking any imposed, (or temporary) speed limits. All that is required is a steady and consistent effort,
maintain momentum and you will enjoy.
THREE PEAKS *EVENT RULES
1) Teams must arrive for Registration at Fort William Fire Station, in good time, to allow adequate
checks of team lists and collect ‘Team start information’. A final safety briefing, for leaders and
drivers, will take place, following registration on Sunday ‘A’ Tuesday ‘X’ Thursday ‘B’ at 12:00 hours.
2) Teams are restricted to using only one (Minibus type) vehicle. This is for team safety, comfort and
because of problems of increased vehicular traffic in certain areas. Support vehicle will not be allowed
during the Challenge. Each team must have at least two drivers, preferably three.
3) A ‘Leader’ must be appointed on mountain sections, and for larger teams, a deputy. They must carry,
or have access to, compass, and O/S Maps for three mountain areas. AND MUST BE FAMILIAR
WITH THEIR USE AND KNOW ACCEPTED NAVIGATIONAL TECHNIQUES.
4) All participants must comply with the latest Countryside Code, be aware of the advice contained in the
BMC booklet ‘Safety on the Mountains’ and the 3 Peaks Guide.
5) A kit check will be carried out, at the Start and other points throughout the event. Once under way, a
time allowance will be made for any such ‘Stop & Search’ kit checks. Any team missing items of
Safety equipment will incur time penalties, or even disqualification if any breach is considered to have
seriously compromise individual, or team safety.
6) Each participant must have suitable footwear/good grip, a waterproof/windproof jacket and trousers,
spare food and sufficient water throughout the event and comply with the equipment list provided.
Subject to prevailing weather conditions, which often deteriorate near summits, individuals must also
take woollen hats, gloves and extra warm clothing.
7) Each team must carry a suitable ‘First Aid Kit’, a survival bag (each), or a group ‘Kissy Shelter, one
3~4 season sleeping bag for teams of 4/5 members and second bag, (or duvet jackets), for the largest
groups of 6. Also whistles for each individual and carry head torch on Ben Nevis.
8) Walkers in a team MUST stay together and within 10 metres, AT ALL stages of their climb, and be
together to have their ‘Tally’ marked at each Checkpoint, or start/finish controls, including drivers
wishing to join teams on the last mountain, Snowdon. For overall event safety, no drivers, involved in
this event, may ‘Walkabout’ onto any mountain section alone, for whatever reason.
9) Individuals wishing to retire must return/report to a Start/finish checkpoint/control and to be helped
back to their transport, by their own team members. Anyone unaccounted for, maybe reported to the
Police, or Mountain Rescue as missing.
10) The organisers reserve the right to amend start times and even delay the start for up to twelve hours,
should extreme weather prevail. Where time restrictions apply, such as the earliest start time in the
Lake District, teams may be held up (for first light) by the timekeepers, for which allowances will be
made for any time lost. A time allowance may also be made, at the discretion of the Event Director, if
in his opinion, a team has been delayed for reasons beyond their control, such as assisting in a
roadside incident, mountain rescue, however NOT for traffic, or breakdown.
11) As a condition of entry, participants agree to be bound be the ‘Event Rules’ and must follow, accept
the advice of checkpoint safety staff, when it is offered. Disruptive behaviour, on or off the Challenge
will not be tolerated.
12) Participants in this 3 Peaks Challenge do so at their own Risk. The organisers, in the event of accident
and/or injury to a participant, however caused, can accept no liability. Teams are responsible for
their own ultimate safety, insurance, transport arrangements, accommodation costs, safety items and
sustenance throughout the Challenge period.
THREE PEAKS MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE
EVENT HOT LINE Telephone Number 01722 332211
Fax 01722 504503