Rethink Mental Illness Snowdon Triple Challenge 2020
- Snowdonia: Bike it. Hike it. Kayak it. The ultimate Snowdonia challenge in just one day
- Tackle all terrains as you cycle, trek and kayak in the heart of the wildness of Wales
- Conquer the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales at 1,085m
- Experience the beauty and the brawn of the UK’s best adventure playground
- Tackle this epic landscape all in support of Rethink Mental Illness
- Fundraise £350pp to help provide a better life for people with mental illness
The ultimate way to experience the rugged landscape of Snowdonia National Park with this cycling, trekking and kayaking adventure. Discover some of the stunning hidden pockets of Snowdonia with cycling around the base of Snowdon, trekking to the summit of the highest mountain in Wales and kayaking the stunning glacial formed lake. All in just one action filled day!
You don’t have to be a pro at cycling or kayaking, just have an adventurous spirit which will see you conquer this 24.5-mile route in the rugged Snowdonian landscape.
Registration fee: £55 per person payable on signing up and non refundable
Sponsorship: £350 per person sponsorship pledge for Rethink Mental Illness. Please send all sponsorship monies directly to Rethink Mental Illness. Thank you
In the lead up
- Fundraising support from Rethink Mental Illness
- Training programme
- All event information available through our mobile phone app, Vamoos
- Discount code on kit & equipment from independent outdoor retailers Joe Brown’s and Crib Goch Outdoor World Ltd, both in shop and online
- Discount code on ashmei athletic apparel
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and emergency management planning
On your challenge
- One night’s hotel accommodation prior to the challenge day (twin share basis)
- Meet the team and full event briefing the night prior to your challenge
- Qualified Cycle & Mountain Leaders and Kayak Instructors
- Bike & helmet hire
- Kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
- Kayak instruction
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- Entrance permission to national park & lake
- Breakfast on the morning of the challenge
- Snacks, water and packed lunch of local produce during your challenge
- Luggage and bike transfer from cycling & trekking transition point
- Celebratory fizz on completion of your challenge
Not included on your challenge
- Travel to and from the event start and finish in Llanberis, North Wales
- Dinner the night prior to your challenge
- Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
- Personal spending money.
Arrival and preparation
Make your way to Llanberis in Snowdonia National Park. Llanberis is an area noted for its rugged beauty, very colourful high street and marked with numerous historic slate mines.
That evening you will meet your fellow team-mates and receive a full event briefing from your locally based Mountain Leader to ensure they are well prepared for the following day’s challenge. You are then welcome to make your own arrangements for dinner and we will provide recommendations of places to eat once you have registered.
First leg – 13 miles cycling
- After an early start and a hearty breakfast you will be kitted out with your bike to tackle the first leg of your Snowdonia challenge.
- With Snowdon’s rugged peak looming behind you in the distance you will cycle along the shore of Llyn Padam (Llanberis Lake) passing the slate quarries of the Snowdonia National Park.
- You will cycle through small Welsh villages and tackle a step climb where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Welsh island, Anglesey.
- You will then have a sweeping descent before following the scenic route through stunning Welsh farmland to skirt the shores of Llyn Cwellyn before arriving at the base of the Rhyd Ddu path.
Second leg – 9.5 miles mountain trekking
- Lying between the Snowdon Massif and Mynydd Mawr (Big Mountain), this is where you swap your bikes for boots and begin the ascent of Snowdon itself. Your climb will start on the quieter route of the Rhyd Ddu path, once called the Beddgelert Path and used for the first official ascent of Snowdon in 1639. The Rhyd Ddu Path (pronounced ‘rheed-thee’) is the least touristy route to the top of Snowdon
- The first mile climbs gradually along the old track that served the Bwlch Cwm Llan slate quarry, but it then leaves the track and climbs quite steeply over rocky terrain to Llechog ridge. The path follows the ridge over bare and exposed ground and then along Bwlch Main before the final climb to the summit
- From the highest point in Wales your view will take in the surrounding lakes and cwms and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the British Isles
- On a clear day you can see four kingdoms, 24 counties, 29 lakes and 17 islands
- Following your obligatory photo snap at the summit of Snowdon, your descent takes you down the Llanberis Path which is the longest and most gradual path offering fantastic views of Cwm Brwynog, Llanberis and over the Menai Strait towards Anglesey.
Third and final leg – 2 miles kayaking
- After conquering the infamous Snowdon, you will trek to the shores of Llyn Padarn for the final leg of your challenge – a 2 mile kayak.
- You will be kitted out for the water element of your event and following a thorough kayak briefing you will paddle across the lake in double sit-on-top kayaks. This is the perfect well earned rest for those legs after your bike and mountain climb.
- Llyn Padarn is a magnificent glacially formed lake nestled amidst some of Snowdonia’s most spectacular scenery. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the summit of Snowdon which gives an incredible sense of achievement.
- On returning to the shores you can celebrate the completion of this epic Welsh challenge with your fellow team mates.
The terrain on this challenge varies throughout and can be rough at times, so preparation is ideal!
- Cycling leg – undulating course with one steep climb
- Trekking leg – summiting Snowdon which involves some steep ascents & descents and rocky terrain
- Kayaking leg – participants will start their kayak leg in a sheltered bay before heading out onto the lake in order to practice their paddling skills. Sweeping close to the lake shore, participants will paddle the length of the lake and back which can prove challenging due to the water flow.
Equipment of good quality and durability could make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. Your kit will be transferred from each of the transition points in the support van.
You are welcome to bring your own bike or you can hire a bike and helmet. Hire bikes will be sized according to your height. To book your hire bike, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
All bikes will be transferred from the cycling/trekking transition point back to the finish point of the challenge.
You will have time to change from your cycling gear to trekking kit and leave kit in the support van. It is essential that you have a waterproof jacket and trousers, waterproof hiking boots, warm clothing including beanie hat and gloves and be prepared for all weather conditions on the mountain.
All kayaking equipment will be provided including a buoyancy aid. Shoes must be worn during this challenge so it’s ideal to change back into your trainers as they will get wet.
Weather and Safety
The weather in Wales can change very quickly, what can start out as a good day can soon become very poor, especially in the mountains. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all weather conditions – heat, sunshine, wind and rain. The Leaders reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it. In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
On arrival in Llanberis you will be staying in a 3* Hotel accommodation in twin en-suite rooms.
PAYMENT AND SPONSORSHIP
Minimum Sponsorship details
- Participants are to pay the registration fee of £55pp when booking on the challenge and pledge to raise a minimum of £350pp in sponsorship for Rethink Mental Illness. Participants will need to send their sponsorship money directly to Rethink Mental Illness. Please send at least 80% (£280) of the minimum sponsorship required to Rethink Mental Illness 5 weeks (10th July 2020) prior to the event, and the remaining 20% (£70) within 4 weeks (11th September 2020) of completing the challenge. Any additional sponsorship you can raise will be greatly appreciated and help provide a better life for everyone affected by mental illness
- If participants have raised the necessary funds, Rethink Mental Illness will then pay the balance of the event costs 4 weeks prior to the event date. Rethink Mental Illness benefits by keeping the remaining sponsorship money and every pound over and above what participants raise. Thank you.