Experience the great outdoors, breathtaking views, with friends, colleagues the way nature intended.
Corps Xplore currently provides six expeditions to small or large groups. These can be booked individually with friends or through your business or charity.
THE 3 PEAKS
The UK National Three Peaks consist of:
SCOTLAND – Ben Nevis 4,409ft (1,344m)
ENGLAND – Scafell Pike 3,209ft (978m)
WALES – Snowdon 3,560ft (1085m)
The total trek on foot will be 26 miles (the approximate length of the London marathon), ascending (and descending) 3,000 meters (10 x the height of The Shard or 3.5 x the height of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai).
Whilst many people are seeking personal milestones in their lives; setting out to test themselves and maybe doing some good at the same time.
The challenge is to scale the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours or less.
The tallest mountain in Wales
Leaving from the Pen-y-Pass car park, the Pyg Track leaves from the higher-level area of the car park. Beginning as a tarmac path, it is mostly rocky with steps towards the top. A large upright stone half an hour from the top marks the join of the Miners Track. A second upright stone at the base of the final ascent marks with other paths, including Crib Goch. The Pyg track includes a distance of 7 miles, 11km, up and down, and an ascent of 723 metres.
- Snowdon is the English name given to the highest mountain in Wales. This comes from the Saxon “Snow Dun”, but known locally as Yr Wyddfa Fawr, (which means the Great Tomb).
- There are more then 90 summits over 2,000 ft in Snowdonia National Park, with Snowdon at 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) the highest.
- The botanist Thomas Johnson was the first recorded ascent in 1639; nowadays some 350,000 visitors reach the summit every year.
- Sir Edmund Hillary trained on Snowdon before his successful 1953 expedition to Mount Everest. So good enough for Sir Ed…
Alpine climb in Switzerland
The Matterhorn, is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.
- The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone and Zmutt ridges.
- The first ascent of the Matterhorn was finally made in 1865 from Zermatt by a party led by Edward Whymper
- The north face was not climbed until 1931, and is amongst the three biggest north faces of the Alps, known as the ‘The Trilogy’. The west face, which is the highest of the four, was completely climbed only in 1962.
The tallest mountain in Scotland
Starting in Scotland with Ben Nevis, which at 1344m is the highest peak in the UK. A single path runs up Ben Nevis, from Glen Nevis, which can be followed from either Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, or the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre. Early on, the two paths join, and then continue to a Loch – Lochan Meall an t-Siudhe. From this halfway point, the path follows a zigzag pattern to the peak.
Popularly known as The Pony Track, this route is 10.5 miles long, 17km, up and down, and includes 1352 metres of ascent.
- Not only the highest peak in Scotland but at 1,345 metres (4,409 ft) above sea level, it is highest peak in the British Isles.
- Located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is all that is left of an ancient volcano.
- Around 100,000 people climb ‘The Ben’ every year, although the first recorded ascent was in 1771 by Edinburgh botanist James Robertson.
The tallest mountain in England
Within Cumbria, Scafell Pike reprsents the smallest mountain on the challenge, it is however the tallest mountain in England standing at 973m. The group will start at Lingmell Gill, before, heading uphill before crossing the river and passing Brown Tongue, and continuing to the peak of Scafell Pike.
The Wasdale Head route is six miles long, up and down, and includes 989 metres of ascent.
- As part of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, Scafell Pike is the highest mountain in England measuring 978 metres (3,209 ft) high.
- Donated to the National Trust in 1919 by Lord Leconfield, in honour of the men who lost their lives in the First World War.
- Wastwater, the deepest lake in England lies at the foot of Scafell Pike. It measures three miles long, just over half a mile wide, and a staggering 258 feet deep.
YORKSHIRE 3 PEAKS
Yorkshire Three Peaksconsist of:
Pen-y-ghent 2,277ft (694m)
Whernside 2,415ft (736m)
Ingleborough 2,372ft (723m)
The task of walking 25-miles, scaling the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in under 12 hours is a challenge for even the most experienced walker. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
- The area is rich in historical interest. The summit of Ingleborough has the remains of a huge Iron Age hill fort, while the Settle-Carlisle Railway runs between the mountains, crossing Ribblehead Viaduct at the foot of Whernside.
- The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is 25-miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent.
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