Prevent Breast Cancer Snowdon Triple Challenge
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Join Team Prevent Breast Cancer this year for a brand new and exciting event, the Snowdon Triple Challenge.
- The ultimate Snowdonian 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 legendary Welsh landscape
- One night’s accommodation, bike & kayak hire are all included
- Find your epic deep in the soul of Wales…..
Why just climb Snowdon when you can cycle around the base and kayak it’s stunning glacial formed lake all in one action filled day! Grab this opportunity to pit yourself against the spectacular and rugged landscape of Snowdonia National Park in this tough yet exciting multi-activity challenge. The sense of achievement is huge as you conquer the 24.5 mile route of steep climbs, demanding hills and paddle along one of the largest natural lakes in Wales.
In the lead up
- Discount on personal equipment from Cotswold Outdoor and Snow & Rock retail store both in shop and online
- Fundraising support from Prevent Breast Cancer
- Personalised participant support
- Training guide and advice
- Final details email detailing everything you need to know
- 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)
- Qualified Cycle & Mountain Leaders and Kayak Instructors
- Bikes can be hired for £25 inclusive of bike and helmet
- Kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
- Kayak briefing
- 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 during your challenge
- Luggage and bike transfer from cycling & trekking transition point
- Risk and safety management.
Not included on your challenge
- Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
- Dinner the night prior to your event
- Hire bikes and helmets available at £25 each. To book please email: email@example.com
- Personal spending money.
First leg – 12 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.
Second leg – 10 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 Snowdon Ranger path, which is thought to be the earliest of the six main routes to the summit.
- The path climbs gradually up to, and around the slopes of Moel Cynghorion to Bwlch Cwm Brwynog. It then climbs steeply over the shoulder above Clogwyn Du’r Arddu before merging with the Llanberis path, and then on to the summit at 1,085metres.
- 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 straights towards Anglesey.
Third and final leg – 2.5 miles kayaking
- After conquering the infamous Snowdon, you will trek to the shores of Llyn Padarn for the final leg of your challenge – a 2.5 mile kayak (weather dependent).
- 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, before making your own arrangements to return home or stay longer to experience the delights of Snowdonia.
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 – summitting 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.
Hire bikes and helmets can be provided at an additional cost of £25. Bikes will be sized according to your height. Or you are welcome to bring your own bike. All bikes will be transferred from the cycling/trekking transition point back to the hotel for secure storage. Any questions or to book your hire bike, simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, hiking boots, warm clothing 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 North Wales and on Snowdon 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.
On arrival in Llanberis you will be staying in a 3* Hotel accommodation in twin en-suite rooms.
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.