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Snowdon Horseshoe Challenge
Snowdonia is unquestionably a unique mountain environment, spectacular, harsh, sharp, jagged and perfect for exploring on foot, and ideally suited to mountain challenge events. The Snowdon Horseshoe is the focal point for the national park—the main attraction! The ancient glaciated landscape is special within the UK, originally formed by a combination of volcanic activity, then folded by the action of the continental plates, and then carved and sculpted by the glaciers of the last ice age…. You will witness all of this close up, and bring home memories to savour.
Your challenge will bring you from the slate mining town of Llanberis, past the majestic sheer cliffs of Clogwyn, and on to the summit of Yr Wyddfa—Wales highest peak! From here you will continue on around the stunning horseshoe to the peak of Y lliwedd, before descending into the Cwm, by Llyn Llydaw to join the original Miners Track where a railway once ran, and finally back down to Pen Y Pass for a well earned cup of tea and slice of cake. Day 1 Distance—17.5km—Vertical Ascent—1230m—est Time—7 hrs. This trek will give you a birdseye view of what Snowdonia and the Snowdon Horseshoe is all about.
Arrive at Llanberis - recommended by 19:00
Dinner at local pub.
Event Briefing for the following day.
08:50 Prepare lunches & pack gear. Kit check
09:20 Team briefing & safety procedures
09:30 Depart bunkhouse
Ascent of Yr Wddfa (Snowdon) the highest point in England and Wales at 1085m (weather permitting - only extreme high winds will prevent us from being able to reach the top - in which case the mountain is very unsafe). Our route from Snowdon itself will continue around the horseshoe to Y Lliwedd.
Finish walking by 17:00—with plenty of time for rests and a good lunch stop too! End point—Pen Y Pass Café.
Return transport by minibus to bunkhouse
19:30 Celebratory dinner in Llanberis
Team free to depart for home after breakfast - or alternatively short easier walk can be arranged.
Showers will be available for trekkers on Sunday before departure if required.
You will stay for 2 nights in good quality simple bunkhouse style accommodation. Participants may be required to bring a sleeping bag. Accommodation is mixed.
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.
Included In Trip
2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, leaders at a ratio of 1:10 - 1:12 + assistant leaders as appropriate, specialist safety equipment.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches & Dinners
Transport to & from the event.
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. If you do not follow their instructions, and principally stay in visual contact with your leader, the leader cannot be responsible for keeping you safe.
Be prepared for the full spectrum of weathers - in summer we could still have either summery hot weather (although it could still be cool on the tops even in 'fine' weather). We should be prepared for both cold, wet, and hot conditions! So pack sun protection, rain gear, and warm clothes!
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