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3 Peaks Challenge

So, think you’re up for a 3-Peaks Challenge?

BusyBus are proud to deliver all elements and aspects of 3-Peak Challenge transport logistics in what we believe is the safest and most professional way available. To many, at first glance, a three peak challenge sounds relatively straighforward and easy. However, let there be no mis-understandings; it’s extremely difficult!

It doesn’t simply rely on your personal fitness but also on careful organisation, good co-ordination, fit-for-purpose transport, competent driving, teamwork, strategy, motivation and passion. Embarking on your journey to achieve and succeed starts with your transport partner and you simply won’t get better than BusyBus to deliver that to you!

So, do you feel up for it? A total of 480 miles (800 kms / 10 hours) inter-mountain driving, 24 miles (37 kms / 13 Hours) of power-trekking, some during darkness, climbing a total of around 3,000 vertical metres (10,000ft)?

Makes you shudder just at the thought doesn’t it? Well, this a special kind of challenge, and not one that everyone is going to achieve but then again, it wouldn’t be a challenge would it? With our  transport expertise you can trust us to take care of the whole complex logistical organisation of your event so you can get on with training, mental and physical preparation.

Most of the laws applicable to a 3-Peaks Challenge relate to the transport and are imposed for the safety of everyone. Some companies make every effort to “beat” the law but BusyBus is proud to both agree and comply fully with it; not because we don’t want to get into trouble, but because we want to be as safe as possible. Our drivers want to see their families again just as much as you do!

Transferring teams the 480-mile journey between mountains as quickly as possible is stressful on the driver. The DVSA (formally VOSA) have given both guidelines and legislation on journeys of this type. Check out https://www.govukbenefits.com for more information on benefits. For example, driver breaks and changes are strategically integrated into every challenge and the typical itineraries below have accounted for these.

Whatever company you choose to provide your transport (even if you go it alone and hire a self-drive minibus) do not underestimate the importance of transport and make sure you are as safe as possible at all times. Ask your transport provider or appointed driver for their clear, written intentions of how they will both maximise safety and comply with the law. After all, you don’t want the additional challenge of recovering your vehicle and team-mates from wreckage in a ravine, all alone in the middle of nowhere at 4am!

TYPICAL 3-PEAKS CHALLENGE TIMINGS & ITINERARIES

Mountain Height Distance Walking Time
Ben Nevis 1,344 (m) 10 (km) 5.5 Hrs
Scafell Pike 978 (m) 10 (km) 4.5 Hrs*
Snowdon 1,085 (m) 11 (km) 4.0 Hrs
Totals 3,407 (m) 37 (km) 14.0 Hrs

* From Wasdale. Seathwaite option available.

OPTION 1: The Long Day Challenge

Day 1

10:30: Collect participants from Chester Station or area (if applicable).
11:00: Collect participants who come in cars from Chester Services – M56/J14 – CH2 4QZ (if applicable).
17:00: Collect participants from Glasgow Airport, Station or area (if applicable).
20:00: Arrive Fort William for provision buying and overnight accommodation.

Day 23-peaks-2012
05:00: Breakfast.
05:30: Transfer to Ben Nevis start point.
06:00: Commence Challenge.
11:30: Depart Ben Nevis.
17:15: Arrive Wasdale Head for Scafell Pike.
21:45: Depart Scafell Pike.

Day 3
02:00: Arrive Pen-Y-Pass for Snowdon.
06:00: Complete Challenge.
07:00: Depart Snowdon.
08:30: Drop at Chester Station or area.
09:00: Drop at Chester Services.

OPTION 2: The Daylight Challenge

DAY 13-peaks-finish
05:30: Collect participants from Chester Station or area (if applicable).
06:00: Collect participants who come in cars from Chester Services – M56/J14 – CH2 4QZ (if applicable).
11:00: Collect participants from Glasgow Airport / Glasgow Station (if applicable).
13:00: Arrive Fort William. Provision buying.
17:00: Commence Challenge.
22:30: Depart Fort William.

DAY 2
04:15: Arrive Wasdale head for Scafell Pike
08:45: Depart Scafell Pike.
13:00: Arrive Pen-Y-Pass.
17:00: Complete Challenge
19:00: Drop at Chester station or area
19:30: Drop at Chester Services

OPTION 2R: The Daylight Challenge in Reverse

DAY 1Supra
06:30: Collect participants from Chester Station or area (if applicable)
07:00: Collect participants who come in cars from Chester Services – M56/J14 – CH2 4QZ (if applicable).
07:15: Depart Chester
08:45: Arrive Pen-Y-Pass for Snowdon.
09:00: Commence challenge.
13:00: Depart Snowdon.
17:15: Arrive Wasdale Head for Scafell Pike.
21:15: Depart Scafell Pike

DAY 2
03:30: Arrive Ben Nevis.
09:00: Complete Challenge.
12:30: Depart Fort William.
14:30: Drop at Glasgow Airport (if applicable)
15:00: Drop at Glasgow Station or area (if applicable)
19:30: Drop at Chester station or area
20:00: Drop at Chester Services

The above are, of course, only our most popular examples and we’ll obviously work with you to adjust the timings to suit your suggestions, requirments and needs.

Other reasons to choose BusyBus

BusyBus drivers are great and we love them. Say no more! Don’t take our word for it though. Check out our Guestbook and TripAdvisor feedback. They know the routes well, understand your needs fully and will become a valuable member of your team. There’s nothing worse than coming off a mountain feeling exhausted, wind howling, hungry, cold and then being met by a grumpy, miserable driver, so you won’t!

BusyBus are equally proud of the quality of their vehicles which will be fit-for-purpose and often new. We go beyond the recommended maintenance schedules to minimise the risk of breakdown. Here’s our vehicle specifications, both ideally suited to teams of 12 + guide (13):

EXECUTIVE VEHICLE SPECIFICATION

BusyBus prides itself on the quality of its vehicles that will include most (but not necessarily all) of the following:

  • Purpose 3-Peak Challenge specification
  • Vehicles usually less than 3-years old
  • Up to 16-full-size passenger seats
  • Multi-position reclining seats
  • Seat armrests
  • Neck support aids
  • Large rear separate luggage space
  • Multi-level luggage shelving
  • Interior overhead baggage racks
  • Forced, passenger-controlled air
  • Passenger-controlled reading lights
  • 12v sockets (charging leads not supplied)
  • Clothes drying area
  • Walking boot box
  • Pole shelf
  • CD/PA/MP3 sound system

NOTE: Not all vehicles come with all of the above but we are very proud of our fleet and think you will be too!

INSURANCE
BusyBus is fully insured in all aspects of the TRANSPORT part of your event. It does not hold OFF-VEHICLE or EVENT insurance in any way and is not responsible or insured for any other elements of your event except transport.

THE 30-HOUR RULE
For the overall safety of everyone, including your driver, BusyBus adopts the recommended and universally accepted “30-Hour Rule”. This means all competitors must be back aboard the bus within 30-Hours of the challenge start time. In the unlikely event this rule will apply, your driver and/or mountain guide will advise and your options will be discussed.

EVENT SPECIALIST & MANAGER
BusyBus are pleased to recommend our three peak partners ADVENTURE CAFE who can take “ownership” of your event and provide everything for you in a pick & mix packaged format, including charity donation management, insurance, mountain guide, accommodation, transfers, etc. Although BusyBus may recommend partners, it does not package and receives no financial reward for sharing its expertise and experience with you; which is done in goodwill only.

MOUNTAIN GUIDE
If you require assistance in procuring a qualified mountain guide to escort your group please ask. They bring substancial benefits in skill, experience, maps, safety equipment, navigational aids, motivation, advice, etc. Although BusyBus may assist and recommend, it does not package and receives no financial reward for sharing its expertese and experience with you; which is done in goodwill only.

PARKING AT CHESTER SERVICES (M56/J14 – CH2 4QZ)
BusyBus has a special parking arrangement with RoadChef permitting you to park your vehicle for just £18 in their car park for the full duration of your challenge. This is payable directly to RoadChef upon arrival and a permit will be issued. BusyBus also has upto 10 car parking spaces available at our depot that will be offered on a “first-come-first-served” basis FOC.

ACCOMMODATION IN FORT WILLIAM AND/OR CHESTER
If you require assistance in procuring accommodation in Fort William and / or Chester, please ask. BusyBus has many years experience in all accommodation types, from Bunk-Houses to 5* luxury. Although BusyBus may assist and recommend, it does not package and receives no financial reward for sharing its expertese and experience with you; which is done in goodwill only.

BREAKFAST IN YOUR BUNK HOUSE
If you require breakfast in your Bunk House then your BusyBus driver can procure and deliver this for you for just £5 per person. Your breakfast will be continental-style comprising branded fresh items including a selection of juice, tea, coffee, bread, butter, jam, cereals, croissants, porridge, treats-of-the-season, etc.

CAFE AT YHA PEN-Y-PASS
Your BusyBus driver has a selection of  unique discount vouchers especially negotiated for you to use at the Pen-Y-Pass YHA cafe that include a special price full hot-buffet breakfast and the best piping hot shower you will ever have!

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