The Lake District Classic Rock Challenge

napes needle. photo credit: jordan manley

napes needle. photo credit: jordan manley

Please check out the Essential Info for the Lake District page for info on dates, equipment, locations, accommodation, transport, and costs.

Is this the course for me?

You are very comfortable seconding VS, and you are able to do long mountain days.

What level of fitness do I need?

Fitness level 3: you exercise regularly at a higher level, and you are able to push hard for extended periods. You can do a long 15-mile day in the mountains, and you can do this over consecutive days.

What does the course cover?

The original Lakes Classic Rock challenge was devised as a running and climbing adventure, with the aim of linking all fifteen Lake District rock climbs in Ken Wilson’s book, Classic Rock - on foot, unsupported, all in under 24 hours. The climbers carried all their climbing kit and food, and went without sleep. We’ve adapted this for mere mortals into different levels of challenge, by adding in transport for some sections, and, more importantly, sleep. 

The Classic Rock Challenge can be undertaken in different ways to suit your level of fitness and time available: 

A. As individual days fitted in to suit your schedule.

B. Over four days:

  • as a single four-day trip - for the very fit and motivated. This is a really significant challenge, not to be underestimated. Think the Cuillin Ridge on Skye, the Matterhorn in Switzerland - and then some.

  • as two two-day slots - the same itinerary as the four-day trip, but allowing for rest between the two modules

C. Over six days:

  • as a single six-day trip - still a great challenge but giving more time

  • as three two-day slots

Download a detailed programme showing the four-day and six-day options 

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