Wiltshire Air Ambulance Snowdon Triple Challenge
- The ultimate Snowdonia adventure 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 ultimate adventure playground
- Tackle this epic landscape in support of Wiltshire Air Ambulance
- Fundraise £450pp and your support could help save a life
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.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity and relies on donations to keep saving lives. It is not funded directly by the Government and receives no National Lottery grants. It costs £3.75 million a year to keep the air ambulance flying, that’s just over £10,000 per day.
In the lead up
- Discount on personal equipment from Cotswold Outdoor and Snow & Rock retail store both in shop and online
- Fundraising support from Wiltshire Air Ambulance
- 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
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Personal spending money.
Arrival and preparation
Participants to make their own 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 receive a full event briefing from your locally based Mountain Leader to ensure they are well prepared for the following day’s challenge. Dinner is at your own leisure and expense.
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: email@example.com
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.
There is wide choice of accommodation in Llanberis and the local area. We recommend the Royal Victoria Hotel in Llanberis, as it is well placed for the challenge. There are also hostels and camping in Llanberis.
PAYMENT AND SPONSORSHIP
Minimum Sponsorship details
- Participants are to pay the registration fee of £45pp when booking on the challenge and pledge to raise a minimum of £450pp in sponsorship for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Participants will need to send their sponsorship money directly to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Please send at least 80% (£360) of the minimum sponsorship required to Wiltshire Air Ambulance 5 weeks (3rd May 2019) prior to the event, and the remaining 20% within 4 weeks (7th June 20198) of completing the challenge. Any additional sponsorship you can raise will be greatly appreciated and will help Wiltshire Air Ambulance to keep saving lives
- If participants have raised the necessary funds, Wiltshire Air Ambulance will then pay the balance of the event costs 4 weeks prior to the event date. Wiltshire Air Ambulance benefits by keeping the remaining sponsorship money and every pound over and above what participants raise. Thank you.
- Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a charity and relies on donations to keep saving lives. It is not funded directly by the Government and receives no National Lottery grants. It costs £3.75 million a year to keep the air ambulance flying, that’s just over £10,000 per day.