Food and Drink on the Three Peaks Challenge

01 November 2018
Nuts - Perfect for the Three Peaks Challenge

Since the North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is 12 hours at most and requires a lot of energy, it’s vital that you bring some food along for yourself, your friends or your family. That means more than a bottle of water and a chocolate bar: time to grab your backpack and get whatever satisfies your dietary needs.

Trail Mix

One of the most basic and convenient recipes that you’ll find used by hikers on the Three Peaks Challenge, trail mix is mainly composed of nuts and dried fruit, with some extras like chocolate thrown in. Kept in a small resealable bag, trail mix is lightweight, will last a while and is nutrient-dense, depending on the nuts and fruit used. With a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, fibre and sugar, it’ll keep you energised and can be taken on nearly any walk.

Water (Lots of It)

Nobody likes being dehydrated, especially if they’re far away from the nearest clean source of water. While water can be a heavy addition to your backpack, it means that you’ll be able to correct what can be a dangerous condition if left untreated. It’s best to keep plain water if you’re carrying water for a group, as pretty much anybody can drink tap water.

Tea, Coffee or another hot drink

Even on a hot summer day, you’ll find that the higher you climb, the windier and colder it’ll get, and this includes the Three Peaks Challenge. Hot drinks are something of a tradition for local hikers, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a hiker without their trusty Thermos. For those of us who struggle without caffeine, tea and coffee are a welcome addition to any hiking trip.

Sources of Protein

While carbs and sugar are great for a quick boost of energy, it’s proteins and fat that make it sustainable. Since neither keep well in hot weather, it’s important to pick something that’ll last a while: sausage rolls, scotch eggs, nuts or meat that’s been smoked, cured or canned.

It’s important to bear in mind people’s dietary restrictions when going hiking: making sure there’s an alternative available means that everybody gets to eat, and thus keep up with the rest of the group. Keep rubbish and litter in your bag until you’re found a suitable bin, for obvious reasons.

Making sure you bring food and drink up to the Three Peaks can mean the difference between an exhausting, potentially dangerous trek and a fun day out, so remember to bring food with you! North Yorkshire 3 Peaks is dedicated to providing excellent guided tours of the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the surrounding moorland, with a price that’s fair for your charity walk group. There’s also the North Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge: all 3 peaks climbed in 12 hours, around 24 miles of undulating paths and beautiful scenery.