Solemother 7 Peaks Challenge: September 24th

Solemother 7 Peaks Challenge: September 24th

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The Peaks above Buttermere

 The prettiest Lake in the District

It’s no secret, the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in England! Filled with epic walks; surrounded by a diverse landscape; ranging from picturesque lakes to craggy fells.

Without doubt the best way to explore this amazing landscape is by foot. To start this epic challenge we rise from beside beautiful Buttermere to ascend the steep climb to the summit of magnificent Robinson.

We continue until 7 of Wainwright's favourite peaks are bagged, including Haystacks, where he would famously sit beside the tranquil Innominate Tarn pondering life. This the site his ashes were famously spread by his long suffering wife...

Buttermere Lake District 7 Peaks Challenge:

Our trek is accompanied by breath-taking views over Buttermere and Crummock Water one way and out into the Lakeland Fells the other. Finally we drop back down past the impressive Scale Force Falls to stroll home along the banks of beautiful Buttermere - a scene pictured in films and TV series, including 'The A-Word'

Robinson - 737m

Dalehead - 753m

Fleetwith Pike - 648m

Hay Stacks   - 597m

High Crag    - 744m

High Stile     - 807m

Red Pike      - 755m

Distance: 15.4 miles

Total Climb: 6,017ft

Target Time: 12 hours 

 

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone...

Buttermere Lake District 4 Peaks Challenge:

For those wanting slightly less distance, why not take on the first 4 peaks, which provide the same epic climb and all the magnificent views over Buttermere.

No need to make a decision in advance. The routes is the same, just reaching a point where you can decide if you'd rather have a slightly earlier visit to the pub!

 

Robinson - 737m

Dalehead - 753m

Fleetwith Pike - 648m

Hay Stacks   - 597m

 

Distance: 8miles (10.5 miles flat equivalent)

Climb Rate: 135m/mile

Total Climb: 1240m 

 

MOUNTAIN KIT LIST:

Essential to be properly equipped
Tried and tested clothing only
Only pack items needed for walking

 

  • Rucksack - min 25 litres with cover.
  • Walking boots; broken in; NO trainers
  • Double layer walking socks.
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers.
  • Base layer top – breathable.
  • Warm fleece and spare fleece.
  • Walking trousers - NO jeans!
  • Multiple thin tops allowing temperature changes.
  • Post-challenge clothes.
  • 3 litres of fluid per peak.
  • Basic First Aid kit & Sun cream.
  • Warm gloves, hat/balaclava.
  • Head torch with spare batteries.
  • Whistle for sounding the alarm.
  • Toiletries, towel.
  • Mobile phone & waterproof case
  • FULL LIST HERE
 

We only regret the opportunities we don't take!

Fitness:

We have lots of other walks coming up that are great for training. They also provide an opportunity to ask questions about your upcoming challenge and meet other members of the team. So please browse our website www.getoutdoorsuk.org and come join us soon! We're adding new dates all the time. Taking part in build up events is also a great excuse to push your fundraising page and update supporters about your challenge journey via social media, etc.

There is no real training replacement for actually walking up a mountain. It can be very surprising how steep the ascents are and how out of breath people get attempting these climbs. So we strongly recommend tackling an actual mountain as a practice in your build up to the event.

If you aren't able to join us for one of the walks on our website, then great places to train with decent inclines include: The Lake District with 214 Wainwrights; Snowdonia has 14 Peaks over 3,000ft; The Dark Peak District with Mam Tor, the Great Ridge and Kinder Scout; the Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains with Pen y Fan and Sugar Loaf Mountains. These are all quite far from where we are based in Oxfordshire, so reaching them is either a weekend or VERY long day trip.

Although not comparable with the mountains of the 3 Peaks, some other places that we use for training in a day include the Malvern Hills, Chiltern Hills and Cotswolds, which have lots of hilly walks. There may be other hill ranges nearer to you.

The level of training needed depends totally on where you're starting from. Completion is dependent on a mixture of fitness, stamina and determination.

As a rough guide we recommend vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week for as long as possible prior to the event. Walk briskly on the hilliest routes you can find, such that you are regularly out of breath. Improve your stamina by including a long weekly walk, building up to 15 miles or more. Improve your cardio by walking your shorter walks as fast as you can.

Jogging uphill is a really good way to replicate the cardiovascular strain of walking up a steep mountain.

Strength and condition exercise, such as weight training or Pilates are beneficial for working on your leg power and core strength.  

Finally and most importantly, make sure you take it easy during the last week running up to the event. It takes more than 7 days for muscles to recover, rebuild and benefit from any exercise you do. All top athletes do it - 'Tapering off' is your opportunity to exercise lightly and make sure you do not arrive with a build up of lactic acid in your legs that WILL slow you down during the 3 Peaks.