Summary Code of Practice
page updated 17 August 2008
|Ben Nevis 1,344m (4,408ft)|
|Scafell Pike 978m (3,210ft)|
|Snowdon 1,085m (3,560ft)|
The three peaks challenge has tested individuals and teams from all over the world, at all levels of fitness and at every possible experience level - from novice to mountain expedition leaders.
In order to introduce some guidelines towards an event which was becoming increasingly out of control, the Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers (ICFM) produced a Summary Code of Practice for UK charity challenge events on the hills. If followed, the guidelines which have been included on the following pages, will go a long way towards ensuring continuity of the challenges. These type of challenges raise significant sums of money for voluntary organisations.
Please remember that if you do get into difficulty and require the assistance of the local mountain rescue teams, of which Wasdale MRT is only one of many, they are also voluntary organisations and registered members of the charity commission and need your financial support.
The purpose of including the following pages on our website is to help you achieve your personal objectives safely and as easliy as possible.
( also see Edward Whymper's quote which is prominantly displayed at the entrance of the Plas-y-Brenin, Outdoor Activity Centre, North Wales. I believe was written after he lost a number of friends on a climbing expedition on Mont Blanc.) .............click here
The above introduction is a personal view from the Chairman, Wasdale MRT and therefore does not necessarily reflect the views of other mountain rescue team members or similar organisations. The following comment is from the Leader of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team........... click Here plus article about the high numbers of charity event causing problems for the team (added 17/8/08)
Comment from a local resident of the area.............click Here .... it describes the chaos and the damage
Code of Practice
Inform authorities at Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon of your event - timing and numbers.
If possible avoid weekends.
Limit walkers to no more than 200 per event.
Stagger start times to avoid congestion.
Check equipment and experience levels.
No arrival or departure between 12 Midnight and 5am at any event with settlement.
To avoid congestion, completely avoid late June and early July.
Local amenities are often limited - use motorway service areas and other facilities en route.
Use the Glen Nevis Visitor centre as the start point for Ben Nevis.
If starting at Wasdale, do not use Wasdale Green as a car park. Water supplies are limited so bring your own.
At Snowdon, parking is difficult at Pen-y-Pass. Disembark only.
Check and clean toilets and clear litter before leaving.
Report any damage.
Do not race on or between mountains; agreeing driving times beforehand that recognise legal speedlimits.
Avoid bank holidays.
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