National 3 Peaks

Our top tips for what to pack when taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Large Outdoors offer a full range of mountain challenges, from taking on Snowdon to climbing Ben Nevis. However, without doubt one of the toughest is the National Three Peaks. As well as plenty of training making sure you only pack the essentials can make all the difference. View our full schedule of UK Mountain Challenges here…

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge:

If your looking to take part in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge then this is the wrong kit list for you. Please check out our full Yorkshire Three Peaks kit list here…

Top Kit tips for the National Three Peaks Challenge:

Here’s our national 3 Peaks Gear list!

On the hill during your National Three Peaks Challenge


25 litre capacity is ideal.

Water-proof rucksack liner

Water-proofing from within is more effective than without. A heavy duty bin liner or survival bag will suffice. Reliable, high quality rucksack liners can be purchased cheaply from Army Surplus Stores.

Walking Boots

Must be broken in and have sufficient ankle support. Poor quality boots can compromise your safety and your participation in the event. Each mountain has short sections of rough, steep or bouldery terrain. Boots are like car tyres – don’t economise! Spare laces also recommended.


Fully water-proof jacket (with hood) and trousers. Gore-Tex, eVent, Paramo or similar perform best. Older ‘non-breathable’ fabrics perform adequately but are uncomfortable when the body is active. All three mountains are on the Western seaboard of the UK and bear the brunt of the prevailing weather. Storms and wintery conditions are common.

Other Clothing

Medium-weight fleece, gloves, hat, shirts/t-shirts to be worn against the skin should be made from a ‘wicking’ material such as polyester. Many natural fibres absorb moisture which, when cooled rapidly, can lead to hypothermia. Trekking trousers/leggings. Walking socks, lining socks, suitable underwear; sun hat; neck scarf (Buff or similar, versatile in all weathers), sunglasses.


Carry 2 litres of water per mountain. Bladder system highly recommended. Otherwise any suitable water bottle.

Walking Poles

Not necessary, but highly recommended. Particularly helpful in descent, poles aid balance and reduce the stress on the ankle, knee and hip joints. Slow progress due to joint pain in descent is a frequent problem on 3 Peaks Challenges.

head Torch

LED style preferably, with spare batteries and bulb if necessary.

Personal Medkit

Sunblock, blister plasters (Compeed or equivalent), painkillers, Tubigrip/supports as required. You should also carry any medication you require for pre-existing health problems (e.g. Asthma inhaler, Insulin). Your guide will carry a full first aid kit.


Choose high calorie, low bulk items that you know you can eat on the hill. Flapjacks, Malt Loaf, cereal bars, nuts and dried fruits provide slow release energy without the spike & crash effects of chocolate and energy drinks.

Mobile Phone

Containing emergency contact numbers, guide’s phone number and driver’s phone number. Keep in a plastic bag.

Camera/memory card/batteries

On the bus:

Large holdall
Spare clothes and shoes

To change into between mountains & after the challenge.

Sleeping bag and pillow

To make yourself comfortable on the mini bus. Sleeping bag may also be required in certain types of accommodation.

Wash kit

To aid recovery and boost endurance it’s recommended that you consume complex carbohydrates soon after exercise. A pasta-, rice- or potato-based meal is ideal. Fell runners swear by rice pudding for afters!


We will stop at services en route and for breakfast after the challenge.

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It’s a long drive from Fort William to The Lake District.