Food choices are very personal, but to guide you, here’s what I carry in my rucksack when we start: 

  • 1 Sandwich or roll
  • 1 packet of crisps 
  • 2 or 3 fruits (apple, citrus fruits, banana) 
  • 1 litre of water
  • 1 small bottle of Lucozade Orange 

As we can resupply between peaks (in summer) I typically don’t eat or drink all of this, but it does mean I have spare food in an emergency. Crucially, I carry my main snacking items in accessible trouser or jacket pockets. I normally snack on Haribo Starmix, Jelly Babies or Fruit Pastilles. It’s important that your snacks are easily accessible and can be eaten while you’re moving on the mountain. You shouldn’t have to stop to remove your rucksack to access your snacks. It’s vital that you eat something at least once per hour in order to maintain your energy levels.  

Staying hydrated is vitally important, but water is heavy so try to hydrate as much as possible before you start walking. I will pre-hydrate by drinking between 0.5 - 1 litre of water before I reach the start.

We recommend a 750 ml Water-to-Go filter water bottle for this event - it saves you carrying extra weight on this long hill day and you can fill up safely and drink water either from the streams on the route, or refill water at Philpin Farm between Whernside & Ingleborough, and again at the famous Pen-y-ghent Café in Horton-in Ribblesdale between Ingleborough & Pen-y-ghent.

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