Snowdon Triple Challenge
Join Team Prevent Breast Cancer this year for a brand new and exciting event, the Snowdon Triple Challenge.
The Snowdon Triple Challenge will have you cycling 17km, trekking 15km and kayaking 4km in a mere 12 hour day. Snowdonia National Park is home to some of the most rugged and challenging mountains in Britain giving its reputation as one of the best natural adventure play grounds in the U.K. This is a challenging event both mentally and physically with a long and grueling day, testing your entire muscle range. You will enjoy stunning views of the National Park, and a fantastic sense of achievement when you complete the challenge.
Date: Multiple dates available – April 14th-15th / May 5th-6th / July 7th-8th / September 15th-16th 2018
Location: Snowdonia National Park, Wales
Distance: 36km total (17km cycling / 15km trekking / 4km kayaking)
Cost: £75 registration fee, balance of £105 due no later than 4 weeks before the event date. Minimum sponsorship of £200.
1 night’s accommodation including breakfast (twin Rooms sharing. Single Supplement £25pp)
1 packed lunch
Water and snacks throughout the challenge
Bike and Canoe Hire
Qualified Cycling and Mountain Leaders
First aid trained leaders and crew
Support vehicle & driver
15% Discount Voucher for Cotswold Outdoor
What’s not included?
Travel to and from Snowdonia National Park
Any kit needed for cycling or trekking (see equipment list below)
We arrive back in Llanberis for the final leg of the challenge canoeing 4km along LLyn Padarn finally finishing at the lagoons, you will be greeted at the finish line with a well deserved celebratory glass of bubbly. Approx. total time 8-10hrs
We recommend either arriving in Llanberis no later than 19.30 on day one. Finish time in Snowdonia on day two is normally 17.00 – 19.00 depending on the group and fitness levels.
We use mountain or Hybrid style bikes for the cycling section of the challenge, you are also welcome to bring your own bike, please notify us in advance if you require a bike.
The trekking section of the challenge will take place on Snowdon it’s a steady climb to the summit taking around 3 hours, followed by the descent taking around 2.5 hours to Llanberis. The trek will be led by qualified local Mountain Leaders.
We use tandem Sit on Top style kayaks, they are very stable and easy to paddle no previous experience is required. You will also be provided with a buoyancy aid.
On arrival in Llanberis we will be staying in a 3* Hotel accommodation, with Twin en-suite rooms.
Weather and Safety
The weather in Wales can change very quickly, what can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all weather conditions. The Leaders reserves 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.
What are the group sizes?
The maximum size group is 40 with a minimum of 8 people per group.
Who will be leading the group?
Adventurous Ewe employ experienced and fully qualified Mountain and Cycle Leaders to accompany and lead you. They are First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading in the mountains. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety during the challenge. They will be carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them.
How fit do I need to be?
Training and a good level of fitness is definitely required. As much preparation and training you put in beforehand the better chance of success you have.
A general overall fitness is a good start. The ideal training for the Snowdon Triple Challenge is getting out there and actually training on your bike or in the hills walking. However, if you do not have the luxury of living in the hills or time to go out, then the stairs at home (or an office block of flats with lots of stairs) are a great place to start training. Remember to use the walking boots that you will be walking in after the first month of training to get them worn in. If you have never cycled before, this ride is still achievable with the correct ride preparation. Start at least 3 months ahead of the ride with some short distances at weekends and whenever you can during the week. 5-10miles is not a great distance and will help your bottom and legs get used to it all.
What type of footwear should I be wearing?
The choice of walking footwear is incredibly important and should not be decided on price alone. The terrain is uneven and can be very rough so it is vital that you use a pair of strong canvas or leather boots with good ankle support, not trekking trainers, for your challenge. Not only the boots but the socks that you wear are also very important and it is worth investing in some good pairs of socks that do not blister. Wearing your boots and socks during your training period on and off the hills will inform you of whether they are suitable for the challenge. Trainers are ideal for cycling.
What happens if I fall ill, can’t keep up or there is an emergency?
The Mountain leaders are well trained and experienced and managing situations on the hill, should they need to get outside assistance, for example ‘mountain rescue’ they all carry mobile phones and also radios for communication with the minibus drivers.
The Mountain Leader will always keep the group together for maximum safety on each peak and set a sensible pace for all to achieve this challenge. However if your struggling you must be honest with yourself and the leader remember the top of the mountain is only halfway!
The timing of breaks is quite liberal and there will be scheduled breaks for 5minutes, the exact times and places of your breaks will very much depend on the weather and the well-being of your group. When ascending and descending in order to maintain a healthy and steady pace.
What food and drinks are included?
At lunch time you will stop and have a light yet energy filled picnic. Breakfast will be at the hotel. Water and snacks will be provided throughout. Please let us know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.
Here are a few tips to remember when undertaking this challenge.
- Hydration is important. Drink plenty of water
- Eat plenty to keep energy
- Trekking poles are a great way to support the knees and provide stability.
- Honesty, if you feeling unwell at any point please let someone know, we want to make sure everyone remains fit and healthy whilst trekking.
What is the weather likely to be like?
The mountain weather in the U.K. can be very changeable, it can be glorious sunshine down at the base but be wet and windy on the summit. It is not uncommon for it to change from clear blues skies to rain and fog in moments. It is important to follow the advice given and carry the correct kit (please see kit list).
What do you do to protect the environment?
We limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment by remaining on the paths at all times so as not to cause further erosion on the mountain. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and take all rubbish away with us.
In preparation for the Snowdon Triple Challenge, please read the basic equipment you need to bring. Get the right equipment – our seasons now are only determined by the temperature of the rain! You need clothing and equipment for all weathers.
Rucksack – 15 – 25 litre rucksack should be sufficient for you to carry your own spare clothing, water, camera, and all your personal kit including, snacks and water. Preferably your rucksack should have with waist belt to help distribute the weight and a whistle for safety provisions.
Fleece Jacket or Wind Stopper – A full zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pull over style.
Water Bottle – 2 litres of water in bladder or bottles.
Waterproofs – Waterproof top and bottoms – – Breathable waterproof jacket that has a good hood. Waterproof trousers can be of lighter weight than the top.
Hat and gloves – A pair of thin liner gloves you can keep on the whole time if you need to.
Phones cameras in waterproof dry bag or equivalent
Snacks/energy food – for your entire challenge. You will have the opportunity to buy food and snacks at Fort William before starting Ben Nevis.
Head torch – with spare batteries you will be walking in the dark at some point
Walking poles – if you use to them are good for descents and preventing injuries when your ankles get weak towards the end of your challenge.
Socks – Change of socks (1 pair)
Base layer – Preferably Merino wool or synthetic wicking layer with a long sleeved top and long-johns.
Trousers – 1 pairs of synthetic / nylon or polyester trekking trousers. Zip off trousers may be handy for hot days. Avoid cotton trousers as they absorb & hold moisture easily and thereby have a cooling effect.
Boots – Well broken in boots/walking shoes, suggest boots in preference over shoes/fell trainers as with tiredness comes weak ankles.
Padded cycling shorts (optional)
Toiletries – Including wet-wipes & hand gel. Hand gel must be used diligently at all times to help avoid any sickness being shared within the group.
Nappy Sacs- For waste and rubbish. We pride ourselves in leaving no trace while travelling, so please ensure you carry all your rubbish with you including toilet tissues and dispose of it appropriately where rubbish bins are provided.
Personal first aid kit – Please bring any personal medication plus paracetamol, Ibuprofen. Also bring some plasters/Compeed etc for your feet to help prevent blisters, antiseptic cream/ointment/wipes, re-hydration salts (ie. dioralyte), anti-histamines.