The Three Peaks Challenge involves participants attempting to climb all of Scotland’s (Beinn Nibheis or Ben Nevis; 4,409 ft or1,344 m); Wales’ (Yr Wyddfa or Snowdon; 3,560 ft or 1,085 m) and England’s (Scafell Pike; 3,209 ft or 978 m) highest mountains within 24 hours.
Often done to raise funds for charities, competing in Three Peaks typically sees walkers climbing each peak and being transported between mountains by car or bus. Covering a total walking distance of between 42 and 44 km (26 and 27 miles; depending on routes taken) and a total ascent of approximately 3,000 m (9,800 ft), the challenge occasionally results in participants sustaining personal injuries.
To prevent accidental injuries, participants should train well before taking part in the challenge to build up their strength, fitness and abilities. It is also recommended to:
- Wear suitable footwear (including blister-preventing socks made of fibres that draw moisture away from the skin)
- Not tie laces too loose or too tight
- Keep toenails trimmed and remove any hard skin from the feet with pumice stones
While walking, peak challenge injuries can be prevented by:
- Ensuring you touch the ground heels first, then pushing off with the toes
- Lifting your chest and keeping your shoulders down and pulled back
- Carrying arms at 90 degree angles and moving them back and forth (as opposed to from side to side) or relaxing them by your sides
- Walking with the head up and eyes focusing ahead
The latter may be difficult to do when trying to prevent slips, trips and falls on difficult terrain or at high altitudes, but it will ultimately help you to see potential trip and slip hazards earlier. It is naturally also necessary to prevent injuries by slipping or tripping when mounting or dismounting cars, minibuses or coaches by watching your step and not rushing, pushing or pulling other passengers.
Should you be the victim of a slip, trip or fall through no fault of your own while participating in the challenge, you could be eligible to claim personal injury compensation. To be eligible to claim, your slip, fall or trip injury must have occurred within the past 3 years and have been the result of another person’s mistake, misdemeanour or negligence. You can learn more about claiming for compensation by calling the confidential, no-obligation Accident Advice Helpline freephone number on 0800 689 0500. This will also provide you with the opportunity to enlist the assistance of a no win no fee** in-house solicitor.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice