For those who aren’t in the know, the Three Peaks Challenge is the official title given to the attempt to climb the three largest peaks across the UK, in succession. The climbs include, in this order, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England, and Snowdon in Wales.
As with all high-intensity pursuits, hiking the Three Peaks Challenge isn’t free from risk of sport-related accidents, such as slips, trips and falls. It is imperative that the challenge is not taken on blindly, and precautions are taken in preparation for the events, to minimise the risk of hiking illnesses and injuries.
Preparing for the Three Peaks: Identifying areas of weakness
Before you take part in the Three Peaks Challenge, it is important to do a test hike to help identify any areas of weakness on your body.
This will enable you to target specific areas during your training and build their strength so they are better equipped to cope with the demands of hiking, thus reducing the risk of walking-related injuries.
Common problem areas include ankles, calves, lower back and thighs.
Minimising injuries and accidents: Three Peaks training
Training sessions will not only enable you to gradually build up muscle in the areas of weakness that you have identified, but will also provide good practice for the main event.
Both of these factors reduce the chance of sustaining injury and illness by preparing your body to optimum fitness and coaching it through how to endure strenuous activity.
For best effect, practice walks should require a similar level of intensity, but for a shorter distance. Remember to walk with caution, concentrating on the terrain immediately before you to prevent trips and falls.
General hiking health and safety
Always pre-plan your hiking route and check the weather forecast prior to departure. Never walk when adverse weather conditions are expected, as this adds unpredictable variables to your trek that can lead to myriad of hiking-related accidents.
Pack light, purchase suitably fitted walking shoes and stay hydrated during your journey. In the case of fine weather, ensure you protect your head from both UVA and UVB rays with a sun hat and apply sunscreen as needed.
Hiking-related compensation claims
If you have been involved in a hiking accident, through no fault of your own, and believe a third party is liable for the harm and distress you have endured, Accident Advice Helpline could help you claim personal injury compensation.
Whether you experienced a trip, a fall or a walking-specific accident, call Accident Advice Helpline today on Freephone number 0800 689 0500 to determine your eligibility.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice