Scafell Pike for an inexperienced climber

Q. Hi, I have never climbed a mountain and I rarely walk anywhere, however I am considering climbing Scafell Pike for charity. Is this something i can do inexperienced or do i need some kind of training?

Alex Seager, Redditch


A. Scafell Pike is England's highest mountain. Even via the shortest, up and down route - c111 Scafell Pike from Wasdale - it is a 10.00km (6.25ml) walk with 971m (3187ft) of ascent (climbing) along steep and exposed rocky paths.

You will need sturdy walking boots, waterproofs, food and water, map reading skills and a lot of stamina and determination (see What to Wear, What to Take, Navigation Skills for Walkers, Hikers and Ramblers and Contacting the Emergency Services when Walking, Hiking or Rambling

>Given your obvious lack of experience this is not something you should attempt alone (in my humble opinion).

Hope this helps . . .

Mike (Editor)


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