Win a place on our 3 Peaks Challenge team

3 peaks

In conjunction with the 3 Peaks Corporate Challenge

The 3 Peaks Corporate Challenge begins on 21 June and offers business people
the incredible opportunity of scaling all three of Britain’s highest peaks.

Hikers will walk through the night to the top of Snowdon. They will then move
on to Scafell Pike and finally Ben Nevis, the most daunting part of the

Accountancy Age will be entering a team and has two places for
readers who feel up to the challenge*.

You have to be available between 21 and 24 June. To have a chance of being on
our team, enter our competition by telling us what are the three highest
mountains in the world, in the right order. Then, in less than 100 words, tell
us why you should be on our team.

Send entries to by 27 April. Go to
for full details.

* Winners will need to provide for their own travel to the start of the
challenge in Manchester and then home from closing events in Glasgow.

The event begins with the climbing of Snowdon on Thursday 21 June. On Friday
22 June the event moves to the Lake District for the hike up Scafell Pike. The
next day, Saturday 23 June, participants travel to Scotland to scale Ben Nevis.
The event closes on Saturday evening with a party and awards ceremony in
Glasgow. Overnight accommodation is provided. Transport between mountains is
provided, as are packed lunches and water.

Enter your own team

If you want to enter your own team go to
to find all the details and an entry form or contact The 3 Peaks Corporate
Challenge, Central Administration Office, 28 Upper Dicconson Street, Wigan, WN1
2AG. Or telephone 01942 826256.

To go to the 2007 3 Peaks Corporate Challenge website click

The mountains

Here’s what the challenge entails:

Snowdon, Wales (3,560ft/1,085m) 7hrs. Hikers will arrive at 9.30pm and walk
through the night to complete the ascent. We will be taking the Llanberis
footpath up past The Halfway House and the Monolith to the summit and return
down the same path. Over the last few years the average time each walker has
spent on Snowdon is five hours.

Scafell Pike, England (3,209ft/978m) 5hrs. The walk up Scafell Pike starts
around mid morning from just outside the hamlet of Seatoller and follows the
stream (Grains Gill) over Stockley Bridge, then up to the Great End massif. The
track goes up and through Calf Cove and then along the ridge to Scafell Pike. We
return down the same track.

Ben Nevis, Scotland (4,408ft/1,344m) 7hrs. The biggest and hardest route
using the main mountain track going up from the Achintee car park in Glen Nevis
and goes up to the Wall Corner.

The challenge

Every second advert you see right now seems to feature either a rock climber
or mountaineer on a soaring peak. The imagery is clear and draws an obvious
parallel between the adventure and heights that can be reached outdoors, with
the challenges faced by someone building a career in business or the corporate

Advertising and marketing people just can’t resist the allusion. Success in
business is like climbing a mountain both offering a similar sense of

It is therefore unsurprising that corporate team building in the outdoors has
remained undeniably popular and an effective way of developing team and
leadership skills. It is because of events like the Three Peaks Corporate
Challenge that it remains so compelling.

You pull together a team of colleagues and clients, bond them as a unit and
attempt to get them up the three highest mountains in the country safely and as
quickly as possible.

While hiking any one of Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis would be
relatively easy on their own, doing all three at once, a total of 36 miles, ­is
a daunting prospect that will require preparation and teamwork.

The Three Peaks have been used for centuries as the perfect backdrop for
groups to explore the limits of their personal (and collective) ‘comfort zones’.
The challenge, in particular, allows groups of individuals, through a collective
effort in unfamiliar territory, to discover what it really means to be part of a
high performance team.

For managers, challenges like this are an opportunity to learn how ‘the team’
drives a company forward. Team members bring individual talents to a task and,
combined, they ensure that progress is made collectively.

For individuals the test and the learning experience comes in many forms.
Firstly there’s a chance to understand the importance of a common goal and it
helps improve communication skills by breaking down barriers at all levels.

Then there are the benefits of learning about your fellow team members, such
as their differing work styles and personalities. More importantly, there’s the
chance to learn about putting trust in people, offering support and having
respect for their efforts. There’s also the opportunity to raise money for

These are the crucial elements when faced with a difficult physical
challenge. Can you keep people motivated when they are tired and feeling like
they should give in. It’s this kind of teamwork that often more easily takes
people through their comfort zone to success. This can be as true of client

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