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An outline plan for 2019!
Hi All Steve was complaining that I hadn’t already organised the events for 2019 so here is my outline plan for next year. Feel free to comment, add suggestions and/or generally indicate your level of interest! Please note that other people are leading on some events and that plans are subject to change: Jan: 6th: Malvern to Ledbury (Daywalk) Jan: Training w/end Feb: 3-10th: Winter skills and Mulhacen ascent in Spain (with Tom Furey International Mountain Leader who should be also be an MIA (Mountaineering Instructor) by 2019 as well) Mar: Winter walking long w/end Scotland (Thurs to Mon, possibly longer if I can get the time off work!) Apr: Training w/end Feb-Apr: Norway to do Nordic skiing and/or snoeshoeing on the Hardangervidda plateau (at Helen's invitation) May: Skye (5 days: possibly, no promises!) May: Sunday 19th: Leaden Boot Challenge (Peak District) 26.2 miles within 12 hours May: NI coastal walk during the late May BHol. This will include a trip to Rathib to see the puffins and seals (at Melanie’s invitation) Jun: Training w/end Jul: Probably first 2 weeks of Jul: 9 days of the Haute route (at Bea's invitation) Jul: Traverse of Weissmiess 4023m (Invitation only) Aug: Training w/end Sep: Peak District Challenge (3rd w/end): Oct: Training w/end Nov: Patagonia expedition with Tom Dec: Last w/end of the Year Winter skills and Mulhacen ascent in Spain This is a winter skills training course and ascent of Mulhacen led by Tom Furey. It is expected to cost in the region of £600 plus flights to/from Malaga, Spain. The aim for this week long trip to the Sierra Nevada is to improve the winter skills of participants. These might be varied so Tom will tailor the course to those who attend and I will be supporting him throughout the week. So long as we have enough participants the course will be exclusive to the 3 Peaks and Beyond group. The training will work towards an ascent of Mulhacen (3482m), which is the highest peak in continental Spain. Weissmiss Whilst, at 4017m the Weissmies only just makes it into the exclusive club of Alpine 4000m peaks, it has many more attributes to recommend an ascent than just its altitude…The traverse of the Weissmies is a classic high alpine journey, among some of the Giants of the Swiss Alps, and provides an extremely enjoyable multi-day trip when combined with its neighboring 4000m peak, the Lagginhorn. Patagonia expedition with Tom At the very early stages of planning so let me know if you’re interested and I’ll let Tom know Any questions, please ask Phil

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What we're about

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.

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 8+ 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.

Plans for 2018 include:

* The Welsh 3000s over 2 days and a 24 hour Lakes Challenge

* Scottish Winter Walking plus other trips to Scotland

* Overseas trips such as Tour du Mont Blanc and The Mournes 7 in Northern Ireland

* Training weekends, scrambling and wild camping

So far we've done:

* The Welsh 3000s over 3 days (2015), over 2 days (2016) and in 24 hours (2016)

* Scottish Winter Walking (2016, 2017)

* The Mourne Wall Challenge (2016) in Northern Ireland

* The Tour de Trigs, a 50 mile 24 hour event at the beginning of December (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

* Shropshire Long Mynd, a 50 mile 24 hour event in October (2015, 2016, 2017)

* Yorkshire 3 Peaks in both directions (2014, 2015)

* National 3 Peaks (2014)

What it costs to be part of the group

A weekend away is £15. The money is to cover my costs of running the group including website costs, recce's, the group box, group kit etc. This is not a business and there is no profit to me in running the group.

About Phil

I am a qualified Mountain Leader and Outdoor First Aider. I have also completed a 5 day Scottish Winter Mountaineering course in 2014 and 3 additional days training in 2016. 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

• navigation,

• hillwalking kit

• hill fitness and how to improve it

• Personal Shopping experience ie I help you buy lots of lovely kit :-) Current record is £600+!

Disclaimer

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).

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