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chatsworthchallenge.com and threepeakschallenge.com are organisers of sponsored challenge walks to raise money for the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund in support of nominated charities to fund cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
The four charities we currently represent. All of the money raised on our walks go to the four listed cancer charities to fund the research, prev-ention, and treatment of cancer.
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Hill Walking Tips... more top tips on what you may need to pack into that rucksack on the big day from the furry fell fanatic ... The Mountain Goat
There's nothing worse than a last minute packing frenzy with piles of walking kit silently demanding to be stashed into your rucksack and dragged off for a sunny day in the hills. But before you start start forcing everything you can think of to do with hill walking into your bag think carefully. Do you really need to pack a pair of spare wicking
boxer shorts, three woolly hats (one for each of those absolutely essential photo opportunities at the top of each peak), and a pair of good boxing gloves for beating off hungry sheep.
It's a dilemma, but follow our ‘Beginner's Basics kit list' and advice and you'll have more of what you need and less of what you don't. Bear in mind that there are no hard and fast rules.
If it's your first serious walk why not ask some other more experienced walkers. In the past
A basic polythene bag-type liner will keep the contents of your pack dry in wet conditions if your pack is not fully waterproof. Mid June may sound like the perfect time to take to the hills hiking... but you know the English weather!
Some people feel comfortable taking most of their wardrobe onto the hills, whilst others will happily venture out with nothing at all. It could be wet so have some good weatherproof clothing and maybe a good fleece, and possibly a spare hat and gloves for if it really tips it down.
Of course there are lots of other bits you can carry for whatever reason you decide. A Swiss Army knife is great for opening bottles, slicing into that impossible to open pack of shrink wrapped cheese, and slashing your wrists after 20 miles. Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture those classic moments when someone is caught embarrassingly short! And, we mentioned it in the ‘First Aid Kit’ but
(If you're really considering the worst you could also include a crepe bandage, some sterile dressings, zinc oxide tape, and a triangular bandage in case you need to construct a sling)!
Protect yourself against the ‘worst case scenario’ and make sure you’ve got some blister treatments (Compeed works well), and possibly some aspirin or paracetemol to cope with headaches and aching limbs. And because we all hope its going to be a sunny day... don't forget the sun cream.
it’s worth stating again... if it's a good sunny day you'll need sun cream, maybe lip balm, and those cool ‘photo shoot ready’ sun glasses.
Ok, the boxing gloves are just a joke. However, if a starving hungry sheep (in the red corner) is eyeing up the contents of your lunch box (in the blue corner) you may just wish you’d packed a pair.
The Mountain Goat
they’ve probably taken more kit for a walk up and down the hills than they ever needed, so they’ll give you a good idea of what you're likely to need and what's just a pointless burden.
A GPS and a compass is probably not necessary. A map is not bad idea (it may also make your walk more interesting to know where you are and what you’re looking at)!
A Mobile Phone
Don’t forget your mobile phone, and make sure the battery's topped up! When you registered for the walk your mobile number will have been recorded onto the register of walkers.
Network reception may not be perfect in all areas, but it gives the organisers half a chance to contact to you if necessary.
Basic First Aid Kit
Not a bad idea, particularly if you're prone to falling over, dropping down a deep hole, or being bitten by a sheep. Carry a basic first aid kit to tend to minor injuries. You'll want to be able to cope with cuts, grazes and maybe minor injuries, but not open heart surgery in the hills, so be realistic. A basic kit could include a selection of plasters, antiseptic cream, and some antiseptic wipes to clean cuts and grazes.
Text : Philip Lynskey : Gerard Mitchell :
Images : Gerard Mitchell : Utah Pictures
chatsworthchallenge.com are organisers of fund raising challenge walks in support of the Dave Owens and Frank Goodall Memorial Fund to raise monies for nominated charities in support of cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
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