Strong,physically fit younger people like to do the three in twenty four hours or less, challenging themselves for time. But this requires team work. You need to have those who ascend to the summit and those who support them, taking on the onerous burden of driving. I offered to drive for my rather fit second son,one who feels able to try a triathlon, but he pointed out that the job is too much now for one in his sixties, and I had to accept that he was right. He was concerned that the road to Ben Nevis takes you across the wilds of Rannoch Moor, one of the loneliest roads in Britain, a place in which driving requires serious concentration, especially when it is dark and wet. I have driven the road a few times and know what to expect,but now I need more breaks than the pressurized driving of that challenge demands. Time to take a back seat. His route is planned for next year, 2018, having been delayed by work commitments.
There are two main ways of doing this, by road and by yacht,the latter of which is the route taken in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, held every year in honour of the explorer and adventurer Bill Tillman. Tillman made seven expeditions, and then was tempted back for one last time on a mission to ascend yet unclimbed peaks in Antarctica. Never say one last time, for it was his last. His ship disappeared and he has long been presumed dead. The race, which has several trophies attached, was set up in his honour.
The yacht race begins at Barmouth in Central Wales, in honour of Bill Tillman,whose home was there, where the yachts sail to Caernarvon,in North Wales. Teams are divided into sailors, all of whom are racing yachts-folk, and fell [hill] runners. A race up the three thousand five hundred foot Snowdon [Yr Wyddfa] begins at Caernarvon. There are several routes up Snowden, but the runners take the Llanberis route, which requires no scrambling and whose access is nearest of all the routes to the sea, though it still is a journey of several miles to begin the route. They ascend the path past the mountain railway station half way point, passing the daunting crags of Clogwyn D'ur Arddu [the Dark Precipice] famous among rock climbers for its challenging routes, but they have little time to look. Eventually they take the path along the side of the great cliffs that look towards the Welsh inland and reach the summit. No time to stop at the summit cafe, just turn round and come down the way they came. Then quickly to the yacht where they eat, rest and let the sailors take over for the trip to Whitehaven in Cumbria.
Of course, there is the non-race route, where you drive from one peak to the other, but that needs a driving team to take the strain, as you journey north along the crowded motorways and main roads of North West England and Wales, until you wind through Cumbria and reach the route to Scafell Pike.