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chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Total funds raised so far
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
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You've read the hints and tips of the Mountain Goat on other parts of this website.
Now here's the personal recommendations and ideas on getting through the punishing Three Peaks Challenge or Chatsworth Challenge in one piece from our own Challenge Walker and Event Organiser... Gerard Mitchell
Over the years a great deal has been spoken and documented about the equipment required to ensure a safe and enjoyable day in the countryside and hills. Most of these articles have been written by experienced walkers and are based on their own encounters over a number of years. I find that experience is usually gained immediately after you actually required it, i.e. we often learn the hard way.
If these comments contribute to you to enjoying our challenge walks without learning the hard way it will make my efforts worthwhile. I have segregated the areas I feel need addressing to allow easy reference. The Three Peaks Challenge is a harder walk than the Chatsworth Challenge, but the following comments are probably relevant to both walks.
blisters I've ever seen were sported by a lad who'd borrowed a well-broken pair of size elevens to go on his own size nine feet. His feet were a mess by the time he was forced to retire!
Even when feet and boots are well matched, over twenty miles blisters can occur. Most walking shops sell specialised blister patches. They resemble clear pads of silicon and provide an excellent cushioned barrier between raw skin and boot. These patches aren't cheap but I've seen them in action and I know they work. Good quality fabric plasters are cheaper and more readily available and they will do you a job if you apply them as soon as you realise you have a problem.
I think the first and most important area to cover hill walking is footwear. On a June day in the Yorkshire Dales, or the Peaks District, notwithstanding a serious fall or some other injury, nothing will ruin you day quicker and more efficiently that ill-fitting or un-suitable footwear. Twenty odd miles, including plenty of ascents and descents will seek out any weakness in your choice of footwear.
Decent walking shoes and boots start at around £35-00. They might not keep your feet bone try if severely tested, but bought in advance and broken-in sufficiently they will do you proud on the day. Plenty of mileage around your local streets should do the trick. I find that a pair of fresh socks at the start of each stage refreshers the old plates of meat.
I feel that borrowing boots should be a last resort. They may be well broken in but to suit somebody else's feet. Without doubt the worst
The experts all agree that layers of clothing rather than a couple of thicker heavy garments are more comfortable and practical. Layered clothing allows better adjustment between the early morning chill and the potential 3.00 p.m. heat of the day in the middle of June. The weather as we all know can be notoriously un-predictable with high winds accompanied by rain materializing from nowhere.
Lightweight waterproofs should always be carried. Though it isn't essential, if you are prepared to pay for Gore Tex do it. Gore Tex does exactly what it says on the tin. I see people without waterproofs walking in the rain seemingly oblivious until the wind starts to blow. Wind on a wet body sucks the heat out of you at an alarming rate. It won't kill you in June but it might ruin your day.
During the lead-up to a summer's day out that un-predictability in the weather always leaves me devouring every weather forecast within reach in an attempt to best guess what might happen on the day. Despite all this I usually find myself on the morning of the walk packing everything from sweatshirts and waterproofs to tee shirts and shorts.
In these enlightened times one thing that should always be included on your packing list is a high factor sun-block. Even if you are one of the speed-merchants who can complete the walk in record times you are still going to risk over exposure if we get the weather we should do in June.
The amount of food you eat during the day is down to personal preference. I have walked with people who seem to munch their way right through the whole distance of our walks, and with others who will make a sandwich and a couple of chocolate bars last all day. The choice is yours but most inexperienced walkers over-cater. However, what isn't arbitrary is water.
Water is essential even in poor weather, but if the sun shines and you’re not carrying enough you'll be in serious trouble. Most walkers are happy to share food (particularly the ones with the six pork pies left) but you try scrounging water at three o'clock on a hot June afternoon. You will find that a different proposition all-together. Drinking from streams?... you're on your own! After taking on board as much as I can before I start each of the three stages I take two 500 ml bottles with me. This has always worked out in the past.
Some socks and plates of meat
To summarise, again I often read on walking web sites that you shouldn't allow your boots off the tarmac unless you are carrying twenty maps, a compass, a GPS navigator, enough food and spare dry clothing for a week, and a bivi-bag for if you have to spend a night out on the hills. This may be good advice for the Lake District or the Cairngorms in mid winter but I feel it's a bit over the top for what we are trying to achieve.
And Finally ...
For tackling our challenge walk in June I'm confident that if you follow the advice offered here, watch where you’re putting your feet, show the hills the respect they deserve, don't go wandering off on your own, and are physically fit enough to take up the challenge in the first place, you will enjoy a great day out in good company in some of the finest surroundings England has to offer.
Good Footwear is essential
Ensure you carry good quality rain protective clothing
It might not seem important during a winter walk, but in the middle of June, always carry a good supply of sun tan cream
Gerard’s Tips For The Day
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An item they hardly ever tell you about on walking websites, and in walking guides.
One thing they don't usually mention on any of the walking web sites is the subject of carrying toilet paper.
Whilst we’re too polite here at Chatsworth Challenge.com to dwell on the subject, not having your favourite toilet paper when you need it can ruin an otherwise pleasant day.
Discreetly pack a few sheets into your bag, and if the moment hits you, then you’re ready for the worst!.
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Light cotton trousers or shorts are much better suited to walking than jeans.
Jeans, particularly wet ones, are famous for causing localised chaffing; capable of taking a grown man (or woman for that matter) to the verge of tears.
The real downside of chaffing is that nine times out of ten it occurs in places where even your best friend will not administer any ointment that might be to hand.
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell
Images : Philip Lynskey