Lake District 24 Peaks Challenge
Cost: £290pp for complete package or reduced package of £120pp for guides only ( for two days) and support vehicle
The Lake District Twenty Four Peaks Challenge.
This is a tough two day event, requiring a high level of fitness. The first day is the same as the ‘Lake District 10 Peaks Challenge’ (28km and 2500m of ascent and descent). The second day is slightly easier than the first day. Even though more peaks are climbed on the second day, the total ascent is less. However, with tired legs from the previous day, it is a hard day’s walk and requires a good level of hill fitness.
- Target time for day 1 – 12 hours for the 28km and 2500m of ascent.
- Target time for day 2 - 10 hours for the 23km and 1750m of ascent.
After day 1 (see 10 Peaks section) and a night’s rest the second day runs as follows:
- A steep climb from Kirkstone Pass to Red Screes (Peak 11), then a big descent to Scandale Pass and a climb back up to Dove Crag (Peak 12). A distance from the start of 4.1km.
- From here the path dips slightly before ascending Hart Crag (Peak 13) and a relatively gentle climb to the summit of Fairfield (Peak 14). The total distance at this point is just under 6.4km.
- The route heads west with a steep, long descent on a loose and rocky path to Grisedale Tarn. From here there is a short but very steep climb up to Seat Sandal (Peak 15). The path again descends to Grisdale Tarn, which is partially traversed, before a long climb up to Dolly Waggon Pike (Peak 16).
- From here the route drops down a short distance before climbing back up to the top of Nethermost Pike (Peak 17). A distance of 11km from the start.
- From here an easy climb sees the route hit the summit of Helvellyn (Peak 18). Then, after admiring the amazing views, the route takes us over Lower Man (Peak 19).
- The route now heads northwards with Thirlmere on the west and Ullswater on the east. Having dropped a short distance off Lower Man the route heads over Whiteside (Peak 20), 14km form the start.
- A series of descents and ascents takes in the peaks of Raise (Peak 21), Stybarrow Dodd (Peak 22), Watson’s Dodd (Peak 23) and finally Great Dodd (Peak 24) Phew!!! This is now at distance of just over 19km from the start.
- The route finally drops eastwards over some wet, marshy ground to reach the finish point at Grove Beck after about 1 about 15 minutes of descent. A total distance for the day of 23km and 1750m of ascent and descent.
Over the two days you will have walked over 50 km and ascended (and descended) 4263m.
- Guest House B + B in Keswick Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
- Day 1 - Transport to Buttermere with a support vehicle and staff on hand in the valley.
- Transport from the finish –Great Langdale back to Keswick.
- Day 2 Transport to Kirkstone Pass and then support vehicle in the valley to offer support if needed. Then transport from Grove Beck back to accommodation.
- For both days on the hill you will have experienced and qualified mountain guides walking with the group in a ratio of around 1 to 8.
- The guides will carry first aid kits, group shelters and radios.
- Food provided for the both days of walking –sandwiches, high energy food such as snack bars, chocolate, sweets, fruit, flapjack and water (both bottled and for hydration systems).
- Trekking poles if required and head torches –at certain times of the year.
- A CD of Photographs taken during the event by the guides, giving you a record of your challenge.
The Lake District 24 Peaks Challenge is a hard walk, both in terms of the height gained and the distance covered. The terrain is rocky at times and the weather can be very challenging. We have to allow for extremes of weather and you really must make sure you turn up for the event with the following:
- You need to have a good level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event. If you are unused to physical activity if is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. Mountain Events can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.
- Footwear: boots are best and make sure they are waterproof. Walking with wet socks will quickly soften and blister your feet.
- Waterproof breathable jacket with a hood. In heavy rain the hood is vital.
- Waterproof breathable over-trousers (not just walking trousers). Wearing shorts does not absolve you from having waterproof over-trousers.
- Warm hat and warm gloves. Ski type are best. Woollen gloves don’t stop the wind. Waterproof gloves are best.
- Have clothing you can layer. Thin thermal or a tee-shirt then a fleece. Cotton is a no-no on the hill. When it gets wet it is heavy, will not dry out and sucks heat away from your body. Synthetic fibres are much better.
- For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).
- Water bottle or hydration system eg platypus, to carry at least 4 litres for day 1 and 3 litres for day 2. We will not meet the support vehicle until the end, so you have to carry all your water for both days.
- Food – we will provide this, along with water, given out at the start of each day. You will be expected to carry spare food (provided by us).
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in but not a massive expedition bag. Your bag will leak so put a plastic rubble sack inside your bag and put everything in this.
- First aid kit – we will carry this but you will be expected to have plasters for blisters (Compeed are best).
- We can supply trekking poles if you want them. These are to be recommended, given the length of the walk.
- We will also supply head torches at certain times of year where there may be a chance of finishing in the dark.
- There are no toilets for the entire duration of the walk from leaving the accommodation early in the morning until the end of the walk. So bring tissues as well.
Clearly if it is a hot summer’s day we can re-evaluate the kit we will ask you to carry but please have it in your rucksack at the start. The guides will make the decision as to what is needed based on their experience.
If you have any questions at all please let us know.
What we will provide
Mountain Events Ltd. will provide trained, experienced instructors and leaders in a ratio appropriate to the group. We will provide any specialist equipment necessary for the activity. Drinks and food will be provided where specified. Details of all necessary clothing, footwear and equipment will be provided.
What you need
Your party needs to get to the agreed meeting point. All members of your group need to bring appropriate clothing, footwear, a change of clothing and a backpack to carry them in.
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