Yorkshire Three Peaks Camping Weekend
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This is a camping weekend unlike many others!
We will be undertaking the challenging endurance event of The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
The Y3P takes on the hills of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), totalling 1554m of ascent and 38.65km in under 12 hours. It requires a decent level of physical fitness and appropriate gear so please only book if you are ready and willing to undertake this challenge.
If you think you're up to this challenge then join OutdoorLads for this camping weekend with a difference!
What's going to happen:
Friday evening: We'll aim to arrive at the campsite any time from late afternoon to early evening; put up our tents and then we'll have a chilled evening at camp before an early night.
Saturday: We'll be leaving the campsite around 5.30am for the short 15 minute drive to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where the challenge begins. The plan is to complete the Three Peaks in under 12 hours which is no easy feat!
Saturday evening: If the site are running their pizza oven we will occupy a table or two in their bar and have a social night with a drink and pizza. Otherwise we will find a table in a nearby pub. (TBC closer to the time).
Sunday morning: Once we've got our legs working again we'll pack our tents away and say our goodbyes before heading home (likely via a nearby cafe!).
Photos: Provided by @joebayleaf and used with permission.
Dogs: Sorry, this event is not suitable for dogs
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What to bring
For the camp:
Please see this helpful guide for what you may need for 2 nights camping. This is not exhaustive but to give you an idea.
For the Walk (the important bit!):
Boots: Hiking boots are arguably the most essential piece of kit when hiking just about anywhere. Walker’s should make sure that their boots are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support. Boots should also be in good condition.
Socks: Walking socks are often overshadowed by those new to hiking, with many novices failing to invest in proper socks. Good walking socks are essential in regards to keeping the feet dry, and in turn stopping the development of blisters. Sports socks and other socks not designed for walking will often become waterlogged, or damaged which will in turn blister feet.
Gators: Gators attach to the bottom of walking boots and extend to just under the knee. They provide waterproofing for the bottom half of the leg, and are essential in keeping the feet dry.
Walking Trousers: Walking trousers should be of a windproof design and made of a rip stop material, that will stand up to walking through ferns and undergrowth. They should also ideally be water resistant, or at least not gain weight, and lose their insulation properties when wet. Jeans are therefore to be avoided, as they are heavy when wet and provide no protection from the elements.
Waterproof Trousers: Waterproof trousers are essential in keeping the legs dry, as water resistant trousers will not keep out any significant rainfall. Walker’s should look for waterproof trousers that are breathable, in order to avoid being soaked with sweat.
Base Layer: A breathable base layer should be chosen in order to let sweat escape from the body. This should ideally consist of a breathable synthetic, specially designed fabric, though a cotton T-Shirt is sufficient.
Mid Layer: A Mid Layer goes on top of the base layer and should consist of a 100 weight micro fleece, or a rugby typed thick shirt. The layering system is important as it allows walkers to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature.
Outer Layer: The outer layer should consist of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece. This is the final layer and walkers should ensure that this layer provides ample warmth.
Waterproof Jacket: A good waterproof jacket is one of the most important pieces of kit you will require when hiking. Walkers should look for a jacket that is both waterproof and breathable in order for them to be protected from sweat. Materials such as Gore-tex are often the best choices.
Hat: As most heat is lost through the head a good hat is essential. The best hats are those of a fleece design, with wool also being acceptable.
Gloves: Gloves are essential in the colder months as walkers will require the usage of their fingers for various activities such as map reading. Windproof or better still waterproof gloves are the best choice.
Rucksack: A good Rucksack that is comfortable to wear is essential, and required to carry both food and equipment. Day sacks should have a capacity of around 30 litres with equipment being placed in water proof bags inside.
Emergency Equipment: A number of items should be taken in case problems occur whilst walking in the hills. Emergency equipment becomes of greater importance the further from civilisation walkers are. Equipment should include spare food stuffs of high energy, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire, either storm proof matches or a firelighter.
Food & Water: At least two litres of water should be brought for each day hiking, with more being taken if cooking is required. Enough food for the duration of a walk should also be taken. Food should be of the high energy variety, with hot food being able to be eaten raw if necessary.
Map & Compass: A map of the area being walked in is essential as well as a compass. The map should be in a waterproof bag or be of a waterproof design.
Mobile Phone: A mobile phone should also be brought and kept in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
The weather in May can be quite unpredictable with average highs of 15 degrees and lows of around 7, so please ensure you bring appropriate camping equipment and clothing.
We are camping at Dalesbridge Campsite which has great facilities including its own bar and (hopefully!) an onsite pizza oven on a Saturday evening.
Campers are free to bring off ground BBQ's. Off ground fire pits are permitted and must be 3 meters from your tent, not used in windy conditions, not left unsupervised and must extinguished once you go to bed.
Food & drink
Please bring all food and drink required for the weekend including enough for a 12 hour walking day which will require alot of energy so make sure you have sufficient snacks and gels. The last thing you want is to have a sugar crash just before the final ascent!
There are a few small supermarkets in the area and a shop on site but please bring what you need or stop en-route to avoid any disapointment.
We will likely take advantage of the bar and their pizza oven on the Saturday night.