15.11.2018

THE PEAK TO PEAK TO PEAK CHALLENGE

Taking stock of another great weekend of adventure for the Mongoose team… 

Influencer Lucy Fitness is on a one-woman mission to get as many people experiencing the joys of the Peak District as possible. With over 20 million people living within an hour of such an amazing place in the UK, it’s hard to see why so many people aren’t embracing a little more of the English countryside. 

The Mirror recently published a worrying feature about the lack of exploration in Britain. Research revealed most Brits spend the equivalent of under one week per month in the outdoors, with more than one in 10 saying they never get out. It’s time we started to take steps to reverse this trend. 

Last weekend, we set off for the Peak District on an adventure that Lucy coined the Peak to Peak to Peak Challenge. Put simply, this challenges you to summit as many peaks as possible over the course of one weekend – whether that’s by hiking, trail running, or on a bike. All this is designed to be completed with little outside assistance to enable those taking part to experience everything that the Peak District has to offer. 

We spent the first day in the south of the national park on eMountain Bikes from Bosch and Corretec setting our sights on the Roaches and the surrounding peaks. We cycled through woodland, past impressive rock faces and even passed the devastation from the summer of wild fires, taking stock of the vast environments nestled next to each other. The eBikes allowed us to scale hills we never thought we’d climb and conserve energy for the next peak. The Corretec bikes withstood all the challenges we threw at them and made us feel like pros even if, at times, we navigated the downhills at a snail’s pace. Not one of us was a mountain bike expert, but the ride left an unwavering smile across all of our faces. 

After a pub dinner and a stormy night in the campsite,  we set off for the second leg of the challenge. 

Joined by a pair of explorers from The North Face’s Never Stop Manchester community, we set out to summit at least double the number of peaks we’d achieved the day before. Setting off after breakfast to complete our challenge, we stuck to what we thought that we knew best – hiking. Despite remaining positive, we were faced with incredibly challenging weather and zero visibility, which inevitably lead to navigation issues. Extraordinary views were swapped for huge clouds of mist, but we made it back to the campsite with another five peaks in the bag and our challenge completed. 

The key thing we all took away from this was the need to adapt to change. Yes, we were faced with problems on a number of occasions and it would have been easy to turn around and give up. We could have accepted that we wouldn’t achieve the number of peaks we’d planned to and abandoned it, instead delaying our challenge until a sunny weekend in May next year. But that’s not what adventure, or life, is about. You can’t quit when it’s hard, just like you can’t always have it easy. We were beyond proud to finish the challenge in the way we did, and whilst I’m sure we would have swapped the rain for a little sun, not one of us would have swapped it for a weekend on the sofa. 

Adventure is big, and adventure is small. It’s about getting out there and doing something. 

 

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