Welsh 3000's 15 Peaks Challenge

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Welsh 3000's 15 Peaks Challenge
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The Welsh 3000s Challenge is one of the toughest and most rewarding challenges in Wales. With little time for rest or breaks, you'll be trekking across some of the most breathtaking landscapes Wales has to offer. With lush, sparkling lakes, thrilling knife-edge ridges, and majestic mountain vistas, this is going to be an adventure of epic proportions! You'll be pushing yourself to your limits, testing your strength and stamina as you climb the 15 tallest mountains in Wales in under 24 hours. Taking on this challenge will be a true test of your mental and physical strength! With a mountain guide by your side throughout, you can strive for success and concentrate on completing this mammoth challenge. So if you're looking for the definitive challenge that will push you to your limits and reward you with the ultimate sense of achievement, why not take on the Welsh 3000s Challenge? Do you have what it takes? Take on the Welsh 3000s Challenge and find out!
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Fri 1st Sep 2023
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Llandudno Junction, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Leisure Park, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction LL31 9XX, UK
Start times
Fri 1st Sep 2023
24 Hour Attempt:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Welsh 3000's 15 Peaks Challenge
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Route information
Distance: 53 Km (33 miles)
Elevation: Roughly 4,500m (15,000ft)
The Welsh 3000s - A Challenge of Epic Proportions!
Are you ready to push your limits and embark on an epic adventure which will take you through the magnificent and rugged mountains of Snowdonia? With lush, sparkling lakes, thrilling knife-edge ridges, and majestic mountain vistas, this is going to be an adventure of epic proportions!
Our guides know the area like the back of their hand and will safely navigate you through the dark, over dangerous ridges, and help you complete the challenge in under 24 hours.
With a mountain guide by your side, you can focus on what’s important – completing the challenge! You’ll have an experienced guide with you every step of the way, so you can relax and enjoy this incredible experience.
Climb Wales are thrilled to be delivering this event and we can’t wait to guide you on an incredible journey through the spectacular mountains of North Wales.
What's included
  • Experienced mountain guide with you throughout
  • All meals and snacks on the day of the challenge
  • Logistics and Navigation all taken care of
  • Kit drop off and collection
  • 10% discount on kit hire
How to get there
Leisure Park, Junction Way, Llandudno Junction LL31 9XX, UK
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Exact start locations and parking information will be communicated in the run up to the challenge.
Event day logistics
This is a massive undertaking which requires a good physical fitness.
For the most part, getting from summit to summit is relatively straightforward. However, getting from one mountain range to the other requires a descent to the valley floor which is then followed by another big ascent to get back up to the summits again.
Camping on the first night is mandatory
Given the size of this challenge, we do the first big uphill the day before the challenge and camp at the top of Snowdon. On the day of the challenge, this cuts out about 25% of the total uphill and allows us to start the challenge at the highest point. The clock starts when we leave Snowdon's summit, and keeps ticking until we reach the summit of Peak 15 - Foel Fras. Don't switch off though, we still have a 2.5 hour walk back to the car.
Meeting Time/Location
We meet on Friday September 1st at 3pm in the Llandudno Junction Retail park (Tesco/Cineworld). This gives us a few minutes to check kit and pick up any last minute bits from the supermarket. We then drop some vehicles off at the end of the walk, and then proceed to drop off kit at our two Kit Locations.
Kit Drop Offs
There are two main valleys separating the different mountain ranges. You will have the option to leave equipment at secure locations in the valleys in advance. This allows you to change into dry clothes, pick up snacks, fill drinks bottles etc on the day of the challenge.
No Accommodation is provided, however, we will be camping on the first day of the challenge. After leaving equipment at the Kit Drop Offs, we'll then head up Snowdon where we'll camp for the night. Tent's are not provided. We suggest using a lightweight 1 or 2 man tent and can provide discount codes for hiring a tent as well as any other equipment. After walking down off Snowdon on the day of the challenge, we will leave Tents and other camping equipment at the first Kit Drop Off.
We suggest booking a hotel on the night after the challenge, within easy access from the finish line. This is a 24 hour challenge - you'll need to get some sleep before driving home.
A cooked breakfast and Lunch will be provided, as well as a number of snacks. No food is provided before (the camp on Snowdon) or after the challenge.
The Mountains
The Snowdon Massif
The Snowdon Massif is perhaps the most dramatic of the three mountain ranges. Shortly after leaving the summit though, we need to cross the infamous Crib GochExternalLink - the most dangerous part of the whole trip. To make the most of the daylight, we break camp at about 3:30 am. This means that when we reach Crib GochExternalLink, the sun is starting to rise and we can do it both in the daylight, and when our minds and bodies are fresh.
The Glyderau
Getting up into the Glyderau range will see our first big hill of the day. It’s a technical mountain range with some significant obstacles. The most obvious of these being the summit of TryfanExternalLink.
TryfanExternalLink stands like an enormous trident, jutting out of the ground and rising suddenly. Its serrated shape and rocky slopes holding it in stark contrast to the other mountains. Expect to be scrambling over large boulders and crossing next to steep drops.
The Carneddau
The Carneddau, although the longest section of the walk, is the easiest, and provides little in the way of difficulties. How tired and achy you feel, and your motivation to carry on will be the limiting factor here. Expect the sun to have disappeared completely by the time we reach the summit of Carnedd LLywelyn. We’ll reach peak 15 - Foel Fras - and the “finish line” in total darkness. But don’t switch off, it’s still at least two hours down to the cars, and you might see another sunrise without having stopped for a rest.
How fit do I need to be to take on the Welsh 3000 Challenge?
This is going to be a massive undertaking. You should have completed proper training and have good physical fitness and health.
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