The 3 Peaks and Beyond...into the Welsh 3000s group
This is a group for men and women of all ages who like the more challenging walks, scrambling and going 'off piste' across open access land. The purpose of this mixed group is to train together to undertake a variety of hillwalking challenges. So far we've done/plan to do:
* Yorkshire 3 Peaks (forwards in 2014, backwards in 2015)
* National 3 Peaks (2014)
* Tour de Trigs - a 50 mile 24 hour event at the beginning of December (2014)
* Welsh 3000s over 3 days - 2 cohorts (2015)
* Shropshire Long Mynd 50 - a 50 mile 24 hour event in October
* Tour de Trigs again (as we didn't make it to the end last time!)
Plans for 2016 include:
* the Mourne Wall Challenge in Northern Ireland (22 miles, 10,000ft of climb)
* Welsh 3000s over 2 days and another cohort doing it in 24 hours or less
* a trip to Scotland with a 3 day exped into a remote area plus some scrambling in the Glen Coe/Glen Nevis region
* the Lakes 24 Peak Challenge
No one expects you to be superhuman (we're not) or to be experienced hillwalkers (some are, some aren't). Novices are definitely welcome. You will need to have a reasonable standard of fitness upon which to build so we'd expect you to be able to cope with a 7+ hour day involving hills. You'll also need the mental toughness to cope with the more challenging aspects of outdoor pursuits!
We do expect you to 'muck in' and contribute to the group such as car sharing, shopping and cooking an evening meal, baking cakes, cleaning the huts we use and/or organising events and activities.
What it costs to be part of the group
The maximum contribution per individual is £50 per year. New members get their first day walk free. Subsequent day walks are £5. A weekend away is £15. Once you've been out with us you can either 'pay per event' or 'pay upfront'. Existing members are expected to pay their £50 contribution before the end of February). The money is to cover my costs of running the group including website costs, recce's for weekends away, the group box, group kit etc. This is not a business and there is no profit to me in running the group.
In 2015 I completed Mountain Leader training with Plas-y-Brenin (an internationally recognised outdoor training centre) and a Rescue Emergency Care Outdoor First Aid course with Snowdonia First Aid. I also completed a 5 day Scottish Winter Mountaineering course in 2014. In addition to organising and leading most of the weekends away I also provide the following support and training to group members:
• hill skills and mountain environment awareness
• hillwalking kit
• hill fitness and how to improve it
• Personal Shopping experience ie I help you buy lots of lovely kit :-)
Hillwalking, scrambling, Challenge events and other outdoor pursuits are activities with a danger of personal injury or even death. By participating in this group you are acknowledging and accepting this risk and the personal responsibility for your own actions and involvement in the group (adapted from the British Mountaineering Council participation statement).