Prepare, prepare, prepare!
4 May 2017
Preparation is key to enjoying and completing the Three Peaks Challenge successfully according to the Three Peaks Partnership.
Every year, thousands of people climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and many will try to complete the Three Peaks Challenge by reaching every summit in one trip. However, according to Snowdon Warden, Carwyn ap Myrddin, preparation is essential.
“Thorough preparation is needed before starting this challenge. You need to plan your route in detail, not only what type of clothing or equipment that you will need, but you will need to know where to park, and how to reduce your impact on the mountains and on the people who live close to footpaths’ starting points.”
During this period the number of people on all three mountains will increase dramatically. Unfortunately, unless participants are prepared and sensitive to the mountains and the local area, this can have a negative effect. In addition to more pressure on footpaths and habitats, parking can also cause problems for residents and visitors, with a significant amount of litter being left behind.
“Litter is a huge problem,” adds Carwyn ap Myrddin. “We’re therefore urging everyone who attempts the challenge to take their rubbish home with them as facilities at all sites are already under great pressure.”
To help with the important preparation work, a website has been specifically created for the challenge, www.threepeakspartnership.co.uk which is full of useful information for walkers and organisers.
At the same time behind the scenes, active groups of volunteers are preparing areas for walkers and this week, volunteers around Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon are busy fulfilling several tasks including footpath maintenance, clearing rubbish and advising the public before embarking on their journey.
Notes to Editors
- The Three Peaks Partnership exists since 2013 to protect the stunning landscapes that are home to the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales: Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon.
- The Three Peaks Partnership aims to provide the help and information needed to ensure people who undertake the Three Peaks Challenge, do so in a way that means these iconic mountains can be enjoyed for centuries to come and beyond
- The Partnership consists of representatives from organisations and charities which manage these mountains including representation from Snowdonia National Park Authority, the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust, the British Mountaineering Council, the John Muir Trust, Highlife, and the Nevis Landscape Partnership