Kit and Clothing

For reasons of safety and to ensure maximum enjoyment of your Challenge, it is vital that your individual clothing and footwear are adequate for the terrain and prevailing weather conditions.

CLOTHING

Mountain weather is renowned for its rapid changeability. In order to stay as comfortable as possible it is necessary to adapt ones clothing to changing conditions. We would advise that the use of a system of layers in order to remain warm/cool and dry is the ideal way to ensure maximum comfort. Whilst it is very much a process of trial and error combined with personal preference, there are many excellent products on the market which will assist in achieving the right balance.

The base layer is, in many ways the most important. This is the layer next to your skin and needs to wick moisture away from your body. We would, therefore advice against the use of cotton. Many synthetic products have been created and refined specifically for this purpose and are widely available.

A good mid layer, such as a micro-fleece will assist in the wicking process and add warmth if required. Many are also made from windproof fabrics which will add an extra layer of protection. The mid layer should be easily removable if required, to prevent overheating.

In wet conditions the outer layer needs to be both waterproof and breathable, to assist the base and mid layers in the wicking process. The most widely used material with these features is GoreTex, although many manufacturers now produce their own materials, which perform well under all conditions.

In windy but dry conditions, lightweight clothing constructed from a material such as Pertex would be ideal, but it is important to ensure that an adequate waterproof jacket is carried in your rucksack for use should conditions change.

Even in the Summer months, British mountains can be extremely cold! Ensure you pack a warm hat and gloves just in case. If the weather forecast is for rain, consider also bringing spare items as you’ll have little opportunity to dry kit out in the minibus

FOOTWEAR

Recently, many footwear manufacturers have developed the “approach shoe”, like a trainer but with an aggressive sole. These are adequate only for lower-level terrain in dry conditions. Whilst an extremely lightweight alternative to conventional walking boots, they lack sufficient ankle support for the terrain you will encounter on this Challenge. We insist that all participants wear a two or three season walking boot with a good sole unit, ankle support and padding.

Additionally it is important that your boots have been correctly fitted to minimise the possibility of blisters, hot-spots or other injuries. It is vitally important that your boots have been broken-in before the challenge. Wearing new boots around the house for a few days may be sufficient to achieve this, but we would advise trying them on the hill before the Challenge.

For reasons of safety and to ensure maximum enjoyment of your Challenge, it is vital that your individual clothing and footwear are adequate for the terrain and prevailing weather conditions.

HEADTORCHES

A headtorch is a vital piece of kit for your Challenge. You should ensure that yours is operating correctly and has fresh batteries before you pack it. This style of torch offers freedom of movement and a field of vision not provided by a traditional hand-held torch. Obviously you’ll need this for any mountain climbed in the dark but you should also carry it for the other two mountains as a safety item (if you were to be delayed due to an injury you may need light to get safely off the mountain)

There are many reasonably priced models on the market, some better than others. However, a good headtorch is worth its weight in gold! Remember to carry spare batteries just in case!

HYDRATION

A Camelbak-type hydration system is perfect for the Three Peaks Challenge. The drawback with conventional water bottles is that they require you to stop when you need to take on water, losing you valuable time. Also, participants using bottles tend to get more dehydrated as they are less inclined to stop and take off their rucksack for a drink. A Camelbak will allow you to re-hydrate on the move with the added bonus of a larger capacity than most water bottles.

Finally, you should be familiar with all of your kit and equipment before the challenge. Trying it out under real conditions prior to the event will ensure that you have complete confidence in your kit on the day. Consider also bringing spare items of clothing to make your challenge more comfortable.