Project:
THE DARKNESS

Project:
THE DARKNESS

PROJECT: THE DARKNESS

 

A 15-hour attempt to do a circular route that takes in the summits of these 3 famous lofty peaks in Yorkshire is nothing new – it is rightly a very popular objective with hill-walkers and fell-runners. 

However, at night, this is a totally new and very different challenge. We will give plenty of cut-off time and in fact, the ‘hours of darkness’ are more relevant as the markers here, so at this time of year you will have 15 hours available to complete the mission, rather than the accepted daytime norm of 12-hours. There might be snow, you might need additional winter safety equipment, it will be cold and it could be wild n’ windy. We will have support in place, including pit stops on the way with warm drinks and welcome food. We are offering 2 different ways of completing – in a small group geared to your pace with a guide; or as a ’self-guided’ attempt where you will access our support facilities and we will equip you with a satellite tracker so we know where you are at all times. When you’ve finished, enjoy a slap-up breakfast as dawn breaks in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A true mountain adventure in winter season
– A totally new take on a famous objective: The 3 classic Yorkshire mountains of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent
– Options for guided or self-guided and satellite tracked challenges
– Support en route at legendary Rat Race ‘pitstops’

 

 

The activity will operate between 5pm until 8am and will start and finish in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, where parking and pre/ post accommodation options are available.

Saturday 24th November
The meeting point for this Challenge is Horton-in-Ribblesdale where you can park your car.

Get changed and ready to brave the night! After a safety briefing we will get underway. The starting window opens at 5pm, although do you not need to set off immediately at 5pm. The attempt is deemed to have finished at 8am the following morning, giving you 15 hours to complete.

At the end of the challenge, we will have a hot breakfast roll or some porridge waiting for you, together with hot drinks.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details.
  • Vehicle support for those who wish to withdraw.
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device for ‘self-guided’ participants: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your progress, should you wish to share. We will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This option allows a ‘self-navigated’ route which you can follow at your own pace, however you wil be responsible for route-finding.
  • For those who wish to be guided, we have a guided option where you can join a small group of up to 6 participants with an experienced hill-walking guide, who will remain with you at all times. Pace will be at the speed of the slowest member of the group.

Please not that this is not a fully way-marked route and the 2 options above are provided for you to choose which one suits you best: go at your own pace and navigate, with our provided routefinding support function. Or go at the Guide’s and group’s pace and have them do the route-finding.

At all times our support team will not be far away and our support safety driver with vehicle will always available by phone also.

The participant will provide:

Their own footwear, walking gear, waterproofs (we will insist on taped seams) and rusksack. There will be certain items that we will insist on you carrying, such as a meical kit, a bivvy bag, extra clothes and a minimum amount of food and water. These items will be checked before you depart. You will also need a fully-charged mobile phone.

Given it is winter, you may need ice axe and crampons, although we will advise if this is the case and we can hire this equipment to participants in small quantities.

A full mandatory and recommended kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip and owing to the time of year and the mountain nature of the terrain we may reserve the right to ‘enhance’ the kit list in advance of the Challenge, depending on weather forecast.

Oh yes, you’ll need a decent head-torch too!

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 6/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 6/10
The Challenge is predominantly a walking or running one; although the nature of the possibly wintry conditions and the element of darkness adds dimensions here that may make this undertaking more challenging than you anticipate. A good grasp of the winter fells would sit you in good stead for this one.

Endurance rating 8/10
Up to 15 hours in the cold and dark, over mountainous terrain will take it out of you – of that there is no doubt. You should definitely come with miles in the legs and expect a fairly arduous outing on foot, over good paths but also rough ground.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our 2 x ‘pit stops’ en route*
  • Complimentary bacon roll or porridge for all finishers, plus hot drinks

Participants will cover costs for:

  • All meals pre and post Challenge
  • All accommodation pre and post Challenge

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be hearty snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch and/ or other foodstuffs to take in your backpack whilst on the route. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

No accommodation is provided in this trip.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our support vehicle
  • No other transport is provided

Participants will cover costs for:

  • All transport to and from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to/ from the start and finish of the challenge

How far is the route? The route is 24.5 miles of running or walking. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing although our expectation is to follow the ‘classic’ route that connects the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and starts and finishes in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? This is a tough Challenge is possibly arduous wintry conditions. Or it could be calm and peaceful under the light of the full moon! It is in the mountains and there is significant ascent and descent, together with the addition of the element of darkness. As such, you should train well for this and expect to be on your feet, in the elements for a significant period.

Do I need to run it? No. You may run or walk. There is time to walk it all. You may join our guided group and go at a ‘set’ pace (an achievable pace and by no means what would be considered ‘quick’) or you can strike out and set your own on our self-guided option.

What type of terrain is it? Mountainous fells. Rugged. Well-made mountain trails for a large part, some rocky parts and possibly slippery too, depending on the temperature and conditions. There is usually some water on the ground somewhere too, so footwear is important.

What if I don’t make it by the 8am finish-line cut-off? If you’re looking likely to make the cut-off, we will be letting you know before you get onto the last peak, Ingleborough. We can transport you back to base if you do miss it. Start at 5pm and keep plodding! You’ll make it…

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? We have 2 options. The first one is the ‘self-guided option’ – we will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts. In the daylight, the route is not that hard to follow at all. But in the darkness it and in low visibility, it could be. If you select this option, you should be experienced in hill navigation. Whilst we will provide a satellite tracker and a route track, there is no substitute for ‘the real thing’ when it comes to map and compass. The second option is our ‘guided’ model, where you will set out with 6 others and a Guide, who will be with you at all times and who will do the route-finding. You just put one foot in front of the other and keep going…

What if I get lost? See above. If you take the self-guided option and if you do get lost and cannot orientate yourselves, you can call our crew and they will do their best to put you back on track, by talking you through it if they can see where your sat tracker is currently located 9and if there is phone reception). Before it comes to that though, we would expect you to try your best to navigate your way back onto the route. There are one or two roads that you cross, which we can send a vehicle to of course. In general, if you are worried about the route-finding, we would recommend you take the guided option.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in phone reception for some of this trip and when so, help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency and ask for Mountain Rescue or you can call us and we will advise. Our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have the satellite trackers to see where you are too; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you once you have made it to a road for extraction. BUT please remember, this is a mountain environment. Help may not be instant and phone reception is not always a-given. If it is a serious injury, then Mountain Rescue is the solution and we will put into play serious steps to assist in any recovery of casualties in this regard, including the possible abandonment of the event. We will take your safety very seriously; but so, too, should you.

Where will we stay? That’s up to you but there are plenty of great options the area. May be worth booking beds for the Sunday night if you have a long journey and getting some rest before heading home. A night on the hills with no sleep and some hard yacka is not conducive to long drives immediately afterwards.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

 


24-25TH NOVEMBER
2018 YORKSHIRE

A 15-hour attempt to complete the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks. All in the dark and, in 2018, on the night of a full moon.

Foot: 1 overnight ‘day’
Guided or self-guided

 What do these mean?
Technical Rating 6/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£149

Price is per person

24-25TH NOVEMBER
2018 YORKSHIRE

A 15-hour attempt to complete the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks. All in the dark and, in 2018, on the night of a full moon.

Foot: 1 overnight ‘day’
Guided or self-guided


What do these mean?

Technical Rating 6/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£149

Price is per person

A 15-hour attempt to do a circular route that takes in the summits of these 3 famous lofty peaks in Yorkshire is nothing new – it is rightly a very popular objective with hill-walkers and fell-runners. 

However, at night, this is a totally new and very different challenge. We will give plenty of cut-off time and in fact, the ‘hours of darkness’ are more relevant as the markers here, so at this time of year you will have 15 hours available to complete the mission, rather than the accepted daytime norm of 12-hours. There might be snow, you might need additional winter safety equipment, it will be cold and it could be wild n’ windy. We will have support in place, including pit stops on the way with warm drinks and welcome food. We are offering 2 different ways of completing – in a small group geared to your pace with a guide; or as a ’self-guided’ attempt where you will access our support facilities and we will equip you with a satellite tracker so we know where you are at all times. When you’ve finished, enjoy a slap-up breakfast as dawn breaks in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– A true mountain adventure in winter season
– A totally new take on a famous objective: The 3 classic Yorkshire mountains of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent
– Options for guided or self-guided and satellite tracked challenges
– Support en route at legendary Rat Race ‘pitstops’

 

 

The activity will operate between 5pm until 8am and will start and finish in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, where parking and pre/ post accommodation options are available.

Saturday 24th November
The meeting point for this Challenge is Horton-in-Ribblesdale where you can park your car.

Get changed and ready to brave the night! After a safety briefing we will get underway. The starting window opens at 5pm, although do you not need to set off immediately at 5pm. The attempt is deemed to have finished at 8am the following morning, giving you 15 hours to complete.

At the end of the challenge, we will have a hot breakfast roll or some porridge waiting for you, together with hot drinks.

Rat Race will provide:

  • Pit stop food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details.
  • Vehicle support for those who wish to withdraw.
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device for ‘self-guided’ participants: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your progress, should you wish to share. We will also provide a downloadable track of the route, for you to follow on your phone or other device. This option allows a ‘self-navigated’ route which you can follow at your own pace, however you wil be responsible for route-finding.
  • For those who wish to be guided, we have a guided option where you can join a small group of up to 6 participants with an experienced hill-walking guide, who will remain with you at all times. Pace will be at the speed of the slowest member of the group.

Please not that this is not a fully way-marked route and the 2 options above are provided for you to choose which one suits you best: go at your own pace and navigate, with our provided routefinding support function. Or go at the Guide’s and group’s pace and have them do the route-finding.

At all times our support team will not be far away and our support safety driver with vehicle will always available by phone also.

The participant will provide:

Their own footwear, walking gear, waterproofs (we will insist on taped seams) and rusksack. There will be certain items that we will insist on you carrying, such as a meical kit, a bivvy bag, extra clothes and a minimum amount of food and water. These items will be checked before you depart. You will also need a fully-charged mobile phone.

Given it is winter, you may need ice axe and crampons, although we will advise if this is the case and we can hire this equipment to participants in small quantities.

A full mandatory and recommended kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip and owing to the time of year and the mountain nature of the terrain we may reserve the right to ‘enhance’ the kit list in advance of the Challenge, depending on weather forecast.

Oh yes, you’ll need a decent head-torch too!

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 6/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 6/10
The Challenge is predominantly a walking or running one; although the nature of the possibly wintry conditions and the element of darkness adds dimensions here that may make this undertaking more challenging than you anticipate. A good grasp of the winter fells would sit you in good stead for this one.

Endurance rating 8/10
Up to 15 hours in the cold and dark, over mountainous terrain will take it out of you – of that there is no doubt. You should definitely come with miles in the legs and expect a fairly arduous outing on foot, over good paths but also rough ground.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our 2 x ‘pit stops’ en route*
  • Complimentary bacon roll or porridge for all finishers, plus hot drinks

Participants will cover costs for:

  • All meals pre and post Challenge
  • All accommodation pre and post Challenge

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be hearty snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch and/ or other foodstuffs to take in your backpack whilst on the route. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

No accommodation is provided in this trip.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our support vehicle
  • No other transport is provided

Participants will cover costs for:

  • All transport to and from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to/ from the start and finish of the challenge

How far is the route? The route is 24.5 miles of running or walking. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing although our expectation is to follow the ‘classic’ route that connects the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and starts and finishes in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? This is a tough Challenge is possibly arduous wintry conditions. Or it could be calm and peaceful under the light of the full moon! It is in the mountains and there is significant ascent and descent, together with the addition of the element of darkness. As such, you should train well for this and expect to be on your feet, in the elements for a significant period.

Do I need to run it? No. You may run or walk. There is time to walk it all. You may join our guided group and go at a ‘set’ pace (an achievable pace and by no means what would be considered ‘quick’) or you can strike out and set your own on our self-guided option.

What type of terrain is it? Mountainous fells. Rugged. Well-made mountain trails for a large part, some rocky parts and possibly slippery too, depending on the temperature and conditions. There is usually some water on the ground somewhere too, so footwear is important.

What if I don’t make it by the 8am finish-line cut-off? If you’re looking likely to make the cut-off, we will be letting you know before you get onto the last peak, Ingleborough. We can transport you back to base if you do miss it. Start at 5pm and keep plodding! You’ll make it…

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? We have 2 options. The first one is the ‘self-guided option’ – we will provide a ‘track’ for you to follow on your phone or PDA device that you will be able to download before the trip starts. In the daylight, the route is not that hard to follow at all. But in the darkness it and in low visibility, it could be. If you select this option, you should be experienced in hill navigation. Whilst we will provide a satellite tracker and a route track, there is no substitute for ‘the real thing’ when it comes to map and compass. The second option is our ‘guided’ model, where you will set out with 6 others and a Guide, who will be with you at all times and who will do the route-finding. You just put one foot in front of the other and keep going…

What if I get lost? See above. If you take the self-guided option and if you do get lost and cannot orientate yourselves, you can call our crew and they will do their best to put you back on track, by talking you through it if they can see where your sat tracker is currently located 9and if there is phone reception). Before it comes to that though, we would expect you to try your best to navigate your way back onto the route. There are one or two roads that you cross, which we can send a vehicle to of course. In general, if you are worried about the route-finding, we would recommend you take the guided option.

What if I get hurt? As above. You’ll be in phone reception for some of this trip and when so, help will not be far away. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency and ask for Mountain Rescue or you can call us and we will advise. Our team will only ever be a phone call away. We have the satellite trackers to see where you are too; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will come and get you once you have made it to a road for extraction. BUT please remember, this is a mountain environment. Help may not be instant and phone reception is not always a-given. If it is a serious injury, then Mountain Rescue is the solution and we will put into play serious steps to assist in any recovery of casualties in this regard, including the possible abandonment of the event. We will take your safety very seriously; but so, too, should you.

Where will we stay? That’s up to you but there are plenty of great options the area. May be worth booking beds for the Sunday night if you have a long journey and getting some rest before heading home. A night on the hills with no sleep and some hard yacka is not conducive to long drives immediately afterwards.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.