Scafell Pike is the ‘piggy in the middle’ summit of the national 3 peaks challenge - always the second peak – it’s just not feasible to be any other way. North to south is the usual choice with Ben Nevis as the starting point, then Scafell Pike and finishing on Snowdon. Some like to start with Snowdon and then head north to Scafell Pike, saving the mighty summit of Ben Nevis for last but however you do it Scafell Pike will never be first or last.
Not only is Scafell Pike the middle summit, it also has the lowest summit at 978m thereby giving it a bit of an inferiority complex! So you would expect that being the smallest in height of the three peaks – not even making that 1000m mark - it would therefore be the easiest to climb. Think again… according to the feedback from many of our clients this little mountain is often found to be the trickiest out of all 3!
So as you can see this ‘piggy in the middle’ mountain is a tough one! The recommendation is that if you are at all unsure of your navigational skills, then hire a guide such as ourselves (http://www.climb-scafell.co.uk/3-peaks.html) even if it is only for this one peak.
Alternatively, if you are still keen to do a self-guided challenge, then come out on a training day with us to recce the route beforehand and we’ll take you through the route and give you guidance on the parts of the route to be cautious on.
Or learn how to navigate. On our courses you will learn the necessary skills to let you walk confidently in the mountains. As well as learning how to navigate we’ll take you through other essentials skills such as weather, equipment and what to do in an emergency. http://www.mountain-journeys.co.uk/navigation-training.html
Of course, and we hope that you have clear skies and see the sun rising as you reach the summit, a spectacular sight and one we saw on many occasions last year - see the evidence below!