Challenges

One of the most popular reasons for climbing Scafell Pike is to raise money for charity. Telling people that you are climbing a mountain for charity can be a good way to raise funds. Anybody who has ever climbed a mountain themselves – especially the 978m high Scafell Pike – will have some idea of how hard it can be.

The highest mountain in England as you would expect, forms part of numerous charity events.

Friends, family and colleagues may be persuaded to sponsor you for your efforts when they hear Scafell Pike mentioned. Including a mountain in your fund-raising efforts shows people how much energy you are putting into your challenge.

A number of charity climbs feature not just Scafell Pike, but a series of well-known peaks, either local or national. One of the most famous to feature Scafell Pike is the National Three Peaks Challenge. The other two mountains in that challenge are Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in Wales.

It’s true that you have to be seriously fit to climb the three highest peaks in the mainland UK in one day. But relax. It’s not that bad. You get driven from the foot of one peak to the start of the next one. So you can grab some shut-eye in the van.

Scafell Pike also forms the centre piece of the Five Peak Challenge, an advanced mountain climb. Participants climb five of the highest summits in the region, again aiming to do so in just one day.

The time it takes to complete the Five Peak challenge depends upon fitness, experience of similar terrain and weather on the day. The event offers a choice of fitness level groups, so that even slower or injured walkers can take part too.

The idea of the Five Peak Challenge is to walk nearly twelve miles in gruelling conditions up some of England’s highest mountains. Yes, it’s an ‘ask’. But the event helps raise money for the worthwhile cause of Marie Curie Cancer Care, which cares for our terminally ill.

The really adventurous can try their hands at the Ten Peaks challenge, which wouldn’t be complete without Scafell Pike.

Be warned! The Ten Peaks organisers say: This is a tough challenge that will test your endurance and strength. Your mental and physical strength will be tested to the max.” Difficult terrain, lengthy descents and steep ascents feature all along the way. ”

If you are thinking of taking part in a charity challenge in the Lake District, it is worth checking with the organisers of different charity challenges about training weekends offered before the actual event. They may be able to help you prepare.

Whatever you do, it’s important to work on your fitness level and complete all the necessary training walks so that you arrive well-prepared. Mountains can be an unforgiving environment, especially if you lose visibility.

Check with the organisers for a full list of the equipment and food you need to bring, together with recommended suppliers, and be sure to check out our equipment page. You might be able to get a discount by mentioning you plan to complete a particular charity challenge.

There is no lack of drama in taking on a charity challenge involving Scafell Pike. The rough summit plateau is fringed by crags on all sides, some of which are well-known rock climbing venues.

But there is also lots of fun to be had. Climbers taking part in a charity challenge such as the Three or Five Peaks often remark on the rapport and banter between fellow walkers.