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Join the Adventure Café for a weekend in the beautiful Snowdonia, but not as you know it. A wild and airy ridge, with distant wide ranging views of Snowdon and the Glydders, followed on day 2 by a wild exploration of the windswept and wide open Moelwyns.
Join us for 3 days in the secret garden of Snowdonia. Wild, high and away from the crowds, we’ll be taking you on a mountain voyage of discovery. We’re heading away from the railways, the Café’s, the hustle, the bustle, the honeypots of Snowdon, The Glydders and Tryffan, and away from the crowds, we’re turning our backs on the classics, and treading off the beaten tracks. The Nantille Ridge and the Moelwyns are two of Snowdonia’s true hidden gems, truly away from the well known paths, and often wandering alone, and ‘off-piste’. We’ll be exploring wild moorland, stunning airy ridges and rediscovering Snowdonia from a whole new perspective. Don't expect to see other trekkers deep in the Moelwyns - this is wild terrain! Not for the faint hearted…
Travel to Snowdonia – arrive by 13:00, If you wish to participate in afternoon walk.
Optional afternoon walk to summit of Moel Siabod.
Alternatively meet us on Friday evening in Betws Y Coed. Overnight in comfortable bunkhouse accommodation. Stay in Betws Y Coed. Evening briefing on following day's event.
Breakfast at 07:00, depart bunkhouse at 08:15. Early start – to transfer to explore the Nantille Ridge, long day walk – approx 25 km taking in several peaks, and ascent of approximately 900m in total, all in all, a full and fun packed day…. Expected finish of walk @ 17:00. Dinner in Betws Y Coed.
Breakfast at 07:30, depart bunkhouse by 08:30. Again we shall start early – trying to cram in a full day. We get out this time into the wild Moelwyn, towards the twin mountains of Moelwyn Bach and Moelwyn Mawr. We’ll expect to be wrapping up by around 16:00, ready for our return home, exhausted, but with great memories of a Snowdonia less explored!
We’ll be staying in comfortable bunkhouse style accommodation, with bedding provided, but please do bring your own towels. Breakfast will be provided. Our accommodation is close by to evening meal venues, and for some last minute food shopping for lunches – spar / cornershop. It’s also conveniently located for our walks… handy!
What is a Level 2.5 Trekking Challenge Like?
For this type of challenge - you can expect either distance (up to 12 or 15 miles), or altitude gain - around 1000m. But not both! If you climb, then the distance will be less, if you cover the distance, then the altitude gain will be little. Typically conditions underfoot will be good - although there are exceptions to this. If you encounter rough conditions underfoot, then the distance / altitude will be reduced. These events would suit someone of good all round fitness, who takes exercise regularly - without neccessarily being of high fitness.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 2.5 ‘Trek’ ?
You must be active and with moderate fitness level. You should be taking regular exercise, consisting of regular walks and possibly other sports (swimming / football etc.) You should be comfortable in undertaking long country walks of up to 7+ hours or 15+ miles in the lowland English countryside.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Travel insurance is required for all overseas adventures and can be purchased through Ventureguard using the link on the left hand toolbar of the website.
Travel insurance is not compulsory for UK adventures but it is advised. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact the Café.
Included In Trip
Guiding, 2 nights accommodation (bed and breakfast in bunkhouse style accommodation), pre-event information, suitable group equipment.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to start of event, Lunches, Dinners, Morning transfers to reach the start of each day's walk.
Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc
Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)
Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s)
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery
Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife
Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb
It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.
By nature all activities contain an element of risk.Your leader will be first aid qualified and will carry the appropriate safety kit for the activity, such as mountain safety shelters, walking rope and from time to time mobile radios. Safety equipment carried will be appropriate to trip. The leader's primary role is to ensure your safety, but it is your responsibility to listen to their guidance and instructions.
Please plan to experience everything from glorious burning sunshine to rain and even snow or hail. Please ensure you pack sufficient water, and sun protection. But also please do not forget your hats, gloves, and waterproofs, as well as warm gear.
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