Am planning it for our unit this July, any advice or PXR welcome.
As long as you take the correct route up the mountain there is no climbing just a wee bit of scrambling!greengoblin said:One other Q (And I know may be letting myself in for incoming on this one!!)
Is it just a walk (No proper climbing involved) and is it some kind of competition?
I have also done this in the same order - Ben Nevis was a bit of a challenge in the dark (started ascent at midnight) and the times quoted arent bad - but you can do Scafell a LOT quicker (good swift walk up - easy run down).twosup said:Ive done it twice. Once as driver / admin and once walking.
I would advise a sensible trustworthy driver, who can be relied upon, he should be doubled up and provide admin for the walkers ( cook, map reading etc).
The walk I believe is a good hard test of endurance and in a lot of ways I believe would be a good replacement for the CFT, it SHOULD be achievable I believe by about 70% of squaddies (walking only, no need to run or climb).
Timings, if I remeber correctly are roughly.
Walk Ben Nevis 5 Hours
Drive to Scafell Pike 5 1/2 Hours (time starts)
Walk Scafell Pike 4 Hours
Drive to Snowdon 4 1/2 Hours
Walk Snowdon 4 Hours ( time stops at train station)
Total 23 Hours
This gives an hour spare, the traffic can be a problem, as can the light. The Fire Brigade challenge rules insist on 10 Hours minimun driving.
They also have a challenge called the 'platinum challenge' which is to complete the event in under 17 1/2 Hours. That is HARD and a good achievement.
Hope this helps.
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