Old Crown Round - North Lakes 25 miles 20 tops 2 days
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THIS IS A CHALLENGING 2 DAY EVENT WHERE A GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS AND STAMINA ARE ESSENTIAL. It involves a total of more than 8,000 feet or 2,500 metres of ascent. You will carry everything you need for 2 days on the Fells, with the exception of bedding / food which is available at the hostel on the Saturday night which you have to book, see below. If you are in any doubt, please message the event leader.
What's the deal?
1. Book onto this event.
2. Book your own bed at Skiddaw House YHA (you can go through the YHA website and don't forget to claim your ODL discount, as well as YHA membership if you have it).
3. Make sure you're in good shape by July!
5. The number of real ales / beers available at the pub at the end.
Check out the facilities through: https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-skiddaw-bunkhouse
Our 20 summits (some minor ones with little descent and ascent between them, others much more of a challenge) are as follows: Carrock Fell (660m), Round Knott (603m), Bowscale Fell (702m), Bannerdale Crags (683m), Atkinson Pike (845m), Blencathra (868m), Mungrisedale Common (633m), Sale How (660m), Skiddaw (931m), Broad End (831m), Bakestall (673m), Great Cockup (526m), Great Sca Fell (651m), Little Sca Fell (632m), Knott (710m), Little Lingy Hill (600m), Great Lingy Hill (616m), Hoare Stones (627m), Drygill Head (631m), High Pike (658m).
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
You will need to bring lunch for both days, snacks, water. The hostel provides some food (evening meal, breakfast, lunch to take away) which you can use to reduce the amount you carry throughout.