The National 3 Peaks: Taking Up the Challenge Paperback – 8 Dec 2008
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excellent, 28 Mar 2009 A fantastic book. I bought this 3 months prior to attempting the 3 peaks challenge and found the tips it gave me very valuable. The book is written as a story about one groups journey over the 3 peaks in 24 hours. There are amusing highlights and lowlights, mixed with excellent hints and tips to the smallest detail. It even included the food they took on the walk. It inspired me further to complete the challenge. D J Manby - UK Fantastic, 27 Feb 2009 This is a truly fantastic book. I read the book cover to cover in a few hours, started thinking about when & if I could or should do it. I have now got a couple of friends together & we are in training following the suggested regime. This book is simply so good, it explains in simple terms the needed fitness levels, training requirements, trial routes & general plan for the event. Worth every penny. jmac - Worcs UK Essential Reading, 30 Dec 2008 This is an essential read before contemplating the challenge that is the National 3 Peaks. Steve Williams has done an excellent job of taking the reader through the many aspects of the adventure, from conception to implementation. The book outlines accurately the training required, the equipment required and most importantly the routes. The book is full of facts and wit. R Griffith - England
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I particularly found the equipment list useful (me and my friend purchased head lamps which we hadn't previously considered until reading the guides) and just the general tips on completing the challenge.
We took the advice of the guides to climb the mountains in the order of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon. We had previously climbed Mount Snowdon but had never climbed Ben Nevis or Scafell Pike.
We successfully climbed Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike and we made it to Mount Snowdon however we only had a couple of hours left until the expiry of the 24 hour period, after problems with a road closure and our sat nav sending us all over the place. Whilst we did the mountains in the order recommended in the guides, we failed to do them at the recommended times therefore we were faced with climbing Mount Snowdon in the dark rather than Scafell Pike.
Despite having previously climbed Mount Snowdon, we were unable to navigate it in the dark and turned back after getting lost. Even without the navigation problems, it is unlikely we would have climbed the mountain before the expiry of the 24 hour period.
The best advice I can give is to follow the guides and do Scafell Pike in the dark! It's probably the easiest to navigate out of the 3 mountains and I would recommend a practice run in the dark if possible, before attempting the 3 peaks challenge. Another tip I would give from experience is to get a hydration sack (it is listed in the guides under equipment list.) I got dehydrated very quickly on the mountains as I wasn't use to climbing, so I was stopping regularly to get water out of my bag which wouldn't be a probem if you had quick access from a hydration sack.
I would also recommend investing in a decent pair of mountain gloves. I used the standard woolen gloves which got soaking wet in the inclement weather and my friend had difficulty getting his leather gloves on after his hands had already froze. Waterproofs are also essential!
In general, just follow the advice in the guides and you can't go far wrong!
A small printing error on one page (missing words at the end of the Ben Nevis section) marred an otherwise 5-star book.
Definitely would recommend.