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Pure Snowdon Activity Challenge
Multi Activity Adventure
Go wild in Wales, amongst some of the UK's finest mountain scenery, exploring by the cleanest and most ecological means - trek and bike only! We shall be travelling from Betws Y Coed over the high peaks of Snowdonia and down into Llanberis. On our return journey we shall cover the Glyddr Massif, before journeying up the magnificent Llugwy Valley - before it steepens sharply for the final triumphant return to Betws Y Coed having well and truly conquered Snowdonia!
After your arrival on Friday evening, you will be briefed on the following day's adventure. We shall then get an early night after preparing equipment. Saturday will be an early start - as we have a lot of ground to cover on our exploration of Snowdonia! From our base in Betws Y Coed, we shall tackle two specific off road sections on Forestry Mountain Bike trails. We shall eventually return on to the road to make the journey up Dyffryn Mymbyr and up the steep punishing climb to Pen Y Pass (After approximately 3 hours). From here its over Snowdon itself, and then a long descent into Llanberis (Approx 4.5 hr trek). On day 2 we trek through the historic disused slate mines, before climbing on to the Glyddr Plateau. We shall reach the top of Y Garn, before descending once again, via The Devils Kitchen and Cwm Idwal (5.5hr trek). Here we shall rejoin the bikes for the final stage into Betws Y Coed (Final ride around 1.5 - 2 hrs).
Day 1 - Arrive for pre-event briefing - Betws Y Coed - 20:00. Prepare gear and discuss team tactics.
Day 2 - Reveille - 06:30. Meet for event start 07:30 - Depart 08:00
Stage 1 - Off Road / On Road Bike - via Sarn Helen, Pont Y Pant Dolweyddelan Capel Curig and finally up to the Windy Pen Y Pass where we shall make our transition for the afternoon's trek. Note - this biking route is approximately 30% off road - meaning a mountain bike or sturdy hybrid is essential.
Your bike will then be packed, along with your overnight gear, to transfer down to Llanberis. Meanwhile you will make the more arduous crossing of Snowdon via first the Pyg Track, and then down past Clogwyn D'Arddu to Llanberis where our overnight awaits us, and a good hearty meal!
Expected Return to Llanberis approx 17:30 - for evening meal, debrief, and prep for following day!
Day 3 - Reveille - 07:30. Meet for event start 08:45 - Depart 09:00
Trek - from Llanberis via Slate Quarries to Old Nant Peris, then trek up and over Y Garn before descending via Devil's Kitchen into Cwm Idwal for our transition back on to the bike - the final Stage of the Event (Bike Distance Approx 18km). We shall track along the bottom of the valley beneath the beautiful Carneddau and mighty Tryffan before passing Capel Curig once again - ready for our final exciting downhill (take care - don't crash now!) back into Betws Y Coed. We shall finish outside our favourite café, in time for tea, before we all head for home!
Expected Event Finish - approx 16:00
You will be accommodated in good quality bunkhouse accommodation, evening meals will be taken in local pubs. (Evening Meals not included)
What is a Level 4.0 Multi Activity Challenge Like?
These challenges are long in duration, high altitude, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect around 12 hours of full on multi activity. In the case of a multi day challenge, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to love physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy your training, and to do it regularly. Longer duration challenges are likely to be easier in terms of the physical effort, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Multi Activity Challenge’?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter carrying equipment, cycling on rougher terrain, sleep deprivation, or high altitude, or intense multi activity events along the lines of adventure triathlons. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you to the limits of your comfort zone. Days will be up to 12 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - as you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions, simple food, variable weather conditions and maybe camping - these form a part of the challenge. You need to be in good shape to undertake any of these events, and you need to be training regularly. The height gain each day is greater than for level 3 - so expect plenty of hills! For multi activity events please work on your all round fitness.
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.
Included In Trip
Event Marshalls / Leaders, 2 night's accommodation including breakfast, , pre-event joining instructions, qualified mountain leaders, safety radios (if required), event maps, support vehicle.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, dinners, bike hire (please ask if you require this), transport to and from the event. Personal Equipment.
Suncream, Blister Repair Kit, Plasters, Painkillers, Sunbloc
Day Sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / Plastic Liner(s) for Rucksack
Sleeping Bag or Sleeping Bag Liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Bladder System (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking Poles (highly recommended)
Sun Hat (wide brimmed)
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunched but please check with us
Snack Foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.
Lightweight Fleece, Lightweight Gloves, Fleece Hat
Long Cotton Trekking Trousers
Comfortable Trekking Shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking Boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent)
1 Pair Outer Waterproof Bottoms
Small Towel, Pack of Travel Tissues
Camera, Film / Memory Card / Spare Battery
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Spare Comfortable Shoes
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike / Mountain Bike (with Touring Tyres) - please call us for guidance on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Pump (suitable for your valve type)
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.
This event is a summer adventure challenge - and typically runs in June or July - weather should be warm (ish) - but at all times you should expect a mixture! From wet, to cold (especially on top of Pen y Pass and Y Garn) or equally roaring hot too! You should be prepared with clothing to cover all eventualities. You should also prepare for rapid weather changes too - which are normal.
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