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Snowdon 10 Peaks Challenge
An amazing weekend of highs and... more highs! This challenge trek will see you crossing the breadth of rugged and exciting Snowdonia and summiting 10 of the highest peaks in Wales. Each one of them over 3000ft, and grouped into three distinct ranges of hills; the Snowdon Massif, the Glyders, and The Carneddau.
We shall set off early on Challenge Day 1 on our climb heading for Snowdon and Garnedd Ugain, before dropping down to Pen Y Pass. Then we shall climb back up the far side of the valley and up on to Glyder Fawr, and the short walk across to Glyder Fach. We then have a short track back to Glyder Fawr before continuing on to the peak of Y Garn, and the final descent back into Nant Peris. We shall then return to our base to take a hearty meal after a full day's trekking. On Challenge Day 2 our route begins with a stiff climb and short scramble on to the Carneddau before some stunning ridge walking above the Ysgolion Duon (Black Ladders) and over the twin peaks of the Carneddau - Llewellyn and Dafydd the princes of medieval Wales. The last descent involves a short scramble section before returning to the valley bottom and either back home or, if you have selected to stay an extra night, to your accommodation.
Expected arrival at bunkhouse in Snowdonia – by 20:00 latest
Breakfast - 06:30
Prepare lunches & pack gear - kit check
Depart bunkhouse on foot - 07:30
Start walking - 08:00
Our walk is planned to take approx. 11 hours for the full day. And will be strenuous, so make sure you pack plenty of food!
Return to bunkhouse - approx 20:00
Evening meal and overnight
Prepare lunches & pack gear
Breakfast - 07:00
Depart bunkhouse – 08:00—early start! Transfer to Ogwen Cottage—for start of Carnedds route
Trek lasts approximately 9 hrs, and will see us ending near the historic Inn at Capel Curig
Finish walking by latest 18:00
Simple, but clean, bunkhouse accommodation is booked for you. We shall be based in Llanberis. There are good hot showers. You will need to bring a towel (if you would like to wash!) - your bedding however will be provided. Your breakfasts are also provided. Please advise if you are a vegetarian. In Llanberis you can get snacks, and good food in the evenings. We shall probably (hopefully) have a celebratory evening meal on Saturday after the successful completion of our challenge.
What is a Level 4.0 Trekking Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious challenges - where you are likely to encounter rough and steep terrain, sleep deprivation – ie very long days, or even high altitude. In any case - be prepared for an event which is going to take you well past the limits of your comfort zone. Trekking days will be up to 13 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. The severity of the challenge may be magnified by various factors - and you will need to be more resilient - variable weather conditions, simple food and maybe camping – these factors forms 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! A level 4 challenge would involve a very long day (in excess of 28 miles) or some serious hill climbing (multiple peaks in one day) - or possibly both!
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Trek’?
To participate in these events you need to be in very good fitness. You enjoy taking exercise, and do it regularly (a couple of times a week minimum). You may well partake in several different types of activity, possibly including the gym, swimming, running, or circuit training. You probably are capable of running up to 5 or 6 miles, but in a good steady speed (around 9-10 minute miling). If you do not run - you should be regularly undertaking challenging walks or other strenuous exercise. You should be comfortable walking 17-19 miles in the English lowland 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.
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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
Accommodation for 2 nights, 2 x breakfast, Qualified, Experienced & First-Aid Trained Mountain Leader, Emergency equipment and transfers to and from the beginning of the walks.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to and from Snowdonia, Lunches & Dinners.
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.
Due to Snowdonia’s position on the Western Seaboard it bears the brunt of prevailing weather systems coming in moisture laden from the Atlantic.
At this time of year the weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.
We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both top and leggings.
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