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OVERVIEW

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All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Why book with Charity Challenge

Level of difficulty

Food and drink

How is the group managed

How do we follow the route

Clothing and equipment

Training

Safety

Challenge timings

Toilets

Group size

Getting to and from the challenge

Leadership

Weather

Terrain

Responsible Tourism

Insurance

Accommodation

Emergencies

Keeping safe post-covid

Booking with confidence

Why book with Charity Challenge

  • We are a multi-award winning challenge events specialist with over two decades of professional experience organising and leading challenges worldwide
  • High quality route design that incorporates major landmarks and undiscovered highlights
  • Fully supported walking challenge. Checkpoints, walking leaders and support vehicle
  • The very best leaders, who are fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun. They will do everything to help you complete the challenge and have a great time doing it
  • Thorough safety management systems in place (Challenge Safe)
  • Celebration drink & medal at the finish
  • The very highest quality Edinburgh 7 hills challenge on the market!

Why book with Charity Challenge

  • We are a multi-award winning challenge events specialist with over two decades of professional experience organising and leading challenges worldwide
  • High quality route design that incorporates major landmarks and undiscovered highlights
  • Fully supported walking challenge. Checkpoints, walking leaders and support vehicle
  • The very best leaders, who are fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun. They will do everything to help you complete the challenge and have a great time doing it
  • Thorough safety management systems in place (Challenge Safe)
  • Celebration drink & medal at the finish
  • The very highest quality Edinburgh 7 hills challenge on the market!

Level of difficulty

The Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge is graded as tough. This is the perfect challenge for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind, who have taken part in other trekking challenges and now wish to test themselves in a slightly more extreme environment.

You can tell your supporters that on your Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge you will be:

  • Covering a distance of 35km
  • Taking on varied terrain, from footpaths to urban roads
  • Complete the steep ascent to the summit of Arthur’s Seat
  • Ascending over 900m across the whole route

Level of difficulty

The Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge is graded as tough. This is the perfect challenge for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind, who have taken part in other trekking challenges and now wish to test themselves in a slightly more extreme environment.

You can tell your supporters that on your Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge you will be:

  • Covering a distance of 35km
  • Taking on varied terrain, from footpaths to urban roads
  • Complete the steep ascent to the summit of Arthur’s Seat
  • Ascending over 900m across the whole route

Food and drink

A packed lunch will be available to you during the day.
At each checkpoint (approx every 2 hours) there will be water and checkpoint snacks available.
We would advise that everyone also bring some of there own snacks to keep them going during the day.
Please note: Breakfast before the challenge is not included in your challenge costs.

Food and drink

A packed lunch will be available to you during the day.
At each checkpoint (approx every 2 hours) there will be water and checkpoint snacks available.
We would advise that everyone also bring some of there own snacks to keep them going during the day.
Please note: Breakfast before the challenge is not included in your challenge costs.

How is the group managed

All Charity Challenge events are led by fully qualified walking leaders and operated as a team challenge. We encourage all participants to work together to complete the challenge. We believe that your experience is always enhanced by taking time to talk to your fellow challenger’s and learn about their inspiring stories. Our challenges are not designed as a race, and the route will not be marked with arrows for you to follow. 

How is the group managed

All Charity Challenge events are led by fully qualified walking leaders and operated as a team challenge. We encourage all participants to work together to complete the challenge. We believe that your experience is always enhanced by taking time to talk to your fellow challenger’s and learn about their inspiring stories. Our challenges are not designed as a race, and the route will not be marked with arrows for you to follow. 

How do we follow the route

You will be accompanied by our fully qualified challenge leaders at all times. These leaders will navigate the route so you can conserve all of your energy for completing the challenge.

How do we follow the route

You will be accompanied by our fully qualified challenge leaders at all times. These leaders will navigate the route so you can conserve all of your energy for completing the challenge.

Clothing and equipment

Equipment of good quality and durability could make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof and well-worn in boots or walking shoes will be indispensable. The terrain is uneven and can be very rough, so it is vital that you use boots or walking shoes with good grip. Sports trainers are not suitable. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here
Once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners OutdoorHire and Cotswold Outdoor

Clothing and equipment

Equipment of good quality and durability could make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, waterproof and well-worn in boots or walking shoes will be indispensable. The terrain is uneven and can be very rough, so it is vital that you use boots or walking shoes with good grip. Sports trainers are not suitable. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here
Once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners OutdoorHire and Cotswold Outdoor

Training

The Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge is a long, sustained event of up to 10 hours and covering varied terrain. Therefore, it requires a good level of fitness. The ideal training for this challenge is, naturally, walking along similar terrain. However, if you do not have the luxury of living near the great outdoors, then the gym or walking in your local area are good places to start.

Most training should be part of an ongoing lifestyle, but if this is not the case then you should begin training 4-6 months prior to the challenge and gradually build up. Remember to use the clothes, equipment and especially the shoes that you will be wearing on the challenge in order to get them worn in. The more you exercise before the challenge, the more you will get out of it. Also see your Charity Challenge Fitness Training notes.

Training

The Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge is a long, sustained event of up to 10 hours and covering varied terrain. Therefore, it requires a good level of fitness. The ideal training for this challenge is, naturally, walking along similar terrain. However, if you do not have the luxury of living near the great outdoors, then the gym or walking in your local area are good places to start.

Most training should be part of an ongoing lifestyle, but if this is not the case then you should begin training 4-6 months prior to the challenge and gradually build up. Remember to use the clothes, equipment and especially the shoes that you will be wearing on the challenge in order to get them worn in. The more you exercise before the challenge, the more you will get out of it. Also see your Charity Challenge Fitness Training notes.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount!
Here are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • Don’t underestimate the difficulty of an urban challenge. 35km and 900m is a tough and challenging distance.
  • The ascent of Arthur’s Seat is steep and rocky and good footwear is a must.
  • Despite this being an urban challenge you should still make sure that you have all appropriate clothing and kit.

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount!
Here are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  • Don’t underestimate the difficulty of an urban challenge. 35km and 900m is a tough and challenging distance.
  • The ascent of Arthur’s Seat is steep and rocky and good footwear is a must.
  • Despite this being an urban challenge you should still make sure that you have all appropriate clothing and kit.

Challenge timings

You will need to be at the meeting point for approximately 6am with the aim being to begin walking at 7am. The total time to complete this challenge should be between 8-10 hours. We will aim to have everyone finished by 5pm.

Please note: Whilst we shall do all we can to stick to this finish time, please make sure you book flexible return tickets as delays can happen and we cannot guarantee a precise finishing time or be held responsible for any missed transport.

Challenge timings

You will need to be at the meeting point for approximately 6am with the aim being to begin walking at 7am. The total time to complete this challenge should be between 8-10 hours. We will aim to have everyone finished by 5pm.

Please note: Whilst we shall do all we can to stick to this finish time, please make sure you book flexible return tickets as delays can happen and we cannot guarantee a precise finishing time or be held responsible for any missed transport.

Toilets

There will be several points throughout the day when public toilets will be available. Your leaders will make you aware of when these toilet stops will take place.

Toilets

There will be several points throughout the day when public toilets will be available. Your leaders will make you aware of when these toilet stops will take place.

Group size

You will be joining a group of between 10 and 50 likeminded challenge participants.

Group size

You will be joining a group of between 10 and 50 likeminded challenge participants.

Getting to and from the challenge

We normally meet at the SYHA hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. This hostel is a 10 minute walk from Waverley Station.
Edinburgh is very well served by trains and flights from all around the UK. We would encourage all participants to use public transport where possible.
If you are driving, then paring near the accommodation can be very limited.

Please note: We will send you precise instructions about how to get to the meeting point, and the timings of the event, one month prior to the challenge. 

Getting to and from the challenge

We normally meet at the SYHA hostel in the centre of Edinburgh. This hostel is a 10 minute walk from Waverley Station.
Edinburgh is very well served by trains and flights from all around the UK. We would encourage all participants to use public transport where possible.
If you are driving, then paring near the accommodation can be very limited.

Please note: We will send you precise instructions about how to get to the meeting point, and the timings of the event, one month prior to the challenge. 

Leadership

All of our challenge leaders holding walking and first aid qualifications. They are extremely experienced, and many of them have worked overseas with Charity Challenge. All of our leaders are there to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge. They are their primarily for your safety so please respect any decisions they make during the course of your challenge.

Leadership

All of our challenge leaders holding walking and first aid qualifications. They are extremely experienced, and many of them have worked overseas with Charity Challenge. All of our leaders are there to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge. They are their primarily for your safety so please respect any decisions they make during the course of your challenge.

Weather

This is a UK challenge so please come prepared for all types of weather! There is a very good chance that you may experience all 4 seasons in one day! Whilst we would encourage everyone to check the weather forecast before travelling we would remind everyone to make sure you always carry with you warm tops and waterproofs during the challenge.

Weather

This is a UK challenge so please come prepared for all types of weather! There is a very good chance that you may experience all 4 seasons in one day! Whilst we would encourage everyone to check the weather forecast before travelling we would remind everyone to make sure you always carry with you warm tops and waterproofs during the challenge.

Terrain

The terrain on the Edinburgh 7 Summits challenge is a mixture of footpaths and pavements. There are sections of the footpaths down by the water of Leith that can be wet and muddy. The ascent of Arthur’s Seat is rocky, and can be slippery when wet.

Terrain

The terrain on the Edinburgh 7 Summits challenge is a mixture of footpaths and pavements. There are sections of the footpaths down by the water of Leith that can be wet and muddy. The ascent of Arthur’s Seat is rocky, and can be slippery when wet.

Responsible Tourism

Charity Challenge believes that all of it’s challenges, whether in the UK or overseas, should have a positive impact on the communities we visit. 
In the UK we would encourage all participants to consider booking an additional nights accommodation in the area they are visiting so that they can fully enjoy their challenge experience. Many of our challenges are set in beautiful areas of the UK so why not turn your challenge into a weekend away and go out for a celebration meal in a local pub or restaurant.
For more details about our responsible tourism policy then please click here.

Responsible Tourism

Charity Challenge believes that all of it’s challenges, whether in the UK or overseas, should have a positive impact on the communities we visit. 
In the UK we would encourage all participants to consider booking an additional nights accommodation in the area they are visiting so that they can fully enjoy their challenge experience. Many of our challenges are set in beautiful areas of the UK so why not turn your challenge into a weekend away and go out for a celebration meal in a local pub or restaurant.
For more details about our responsible tourism policy then please click here.

Insurance

We don’t offer insurance for our UK trips, as any medical emergencies would naturally be covered through the NHS. Therefore the main thing that you will not be covered for is cancellation. You can see our cancellation policy within our terms and conditions here. If you wish, you could look into your own policy that covers cancellation for travel within the UK.

Insurance

We don’t offer insurance for our UK trips, as any medical emergencies would naturally be covered through the NHS. Therefore the main thing that you will not be covered for is cancellation. You can see our cancellation policy within our terms and conditions here. If you wish, you could look into your own policy that covers cancellation for travel within the UK.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the cost of this challenge.

Edinburgh is a city with many different accommodation options. Please visit the VistitScotland website for a whole range of options.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the cost of this challenge.

Edinburgh is a city with many different accommodation options. Please visit the VistitScotland website for a whole range of options.

Emergencies

Your leading team are trained to deal with emergency situations in remote areas and will be carrying a mobile phone and radios in case the emergency services need to be contacted. The event is not run as a race and you will never be encouraged to walk at a pace ‘beyond your ability’. There will always be a wide variety in people’s walking abilities which will be carefully managed by the leader team. This team will always keep the group together for maximum safety on each peak and set a sensible pace for all to achieve this challenge within the planned time frame. A support vehicle will be available at checkpoints for anyone struggling to complete the challenge.

Emergencies

Your leading team are trained to deal with emergency situations in remote areas and will be carrying a mobile phone and radios in case the emergency services need to be contacted. The event is not run as a race and you will never be encouraged to walk at a pace ‘beyond your ability’. There will always be a wide variety in people’s walking abilities which will be carefully managed by the leader team. This team will always keep the group together for maximum safety on each peak and set a sensible pace for all to achieve this challenge within the planned time frame. A support vehicle will be available at checkpoints for anyone struggling to complete the challenge.

Keeping safe post-covid

 

This challenge is planned to start running in 2021 when we hope that we will live in a ‘post-Covid’ world. Please rest assured that Charity Challenge will continue to monitor all of the latest advice from both the government and local authorities and will ensure that all of our safety systems are up to date.

We produced a ‘Covid-19: Keeping you safe on your challenge’ document to outline what we were putting in place across all of our UK challenges. This document can be read here. We will be updating this document to reflect the restrictions that are put in place in 2021.

Keeping safe post-covid

 

This challenge is planned to start running in 2021 when we hope that we will live in a ‘post-Covid’ world. Please rest assured that Charity Challenge will continue to monitor all of the latest advice from both the government and local authorities and will ensure that all of our safety systems are up to date.

We produced a ‘Covid-19: Keeping you safe on your challenge’ document to outline what we were putting in place across all of our UK challenges. This document can be read here. We will be updating this document to reflect the restrictions that are put in place in 2021.

Booking with confidence

 

We understand that there may be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate so we have created a 'Booking With Confidence' policy to help you book your next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence.

Book with the knowledge that:

  • We are putting significant measures in place to make your challenge Covid Safe
  • We have flexible payment options
  • We have ATOL and International Passenger Protection financial cover for your peace of mind*
 

We will offer you a number of options if we cannot operate your challenge due to Covid-19 :

  • postpone your challenge to a later departure
  • join any other challenge
  • transfer your place to another person
  • receive a refund of monies paid for the challenge
 

 

Booking with confidence

 

We understand that there may be a little uncertainty around booking in the current climate so we have created a 'Booking With Confidence' policy to help you book your next Charity Challenge with absolute confidence.

Book with the knowledge that:

  • We are putting significant measures in place to make your challenge Covid Safe
  • We have flexible payment options
  • We have ATOL and International Passenger Protection financial cover for your peace of mind*
 

We will offer you a number of options if we cannot operate your challenge due to Covid-19 :

  • postpone your challenge to a later departure
  • join any other challenge
  • transfer your place to another person
  • receive a refund of monies paid for the challenge
 

 

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