The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge

Take on, Snowdon – Cader Idris – Pen y Fan in 17 hrs – Sunrise to Sunset!!!!

The Next Event 

Date Saturday 10th September 2022

If you fancy taking on the epic Mountain challenge of the Welsh 3 Peaks in one day, but don’t know how best to organise the logistics or to ensure that what you are doing is safe. Then why not join us, we will take all the external issues and worry away to ensure that you can concentrate on the challenge itself. The challenge is a mental and physical one, but one that is made so much easier by being in the great outdoors at some of Wales most beautiful and iconic places.

The day is a long one. Be prepared to be at the foot of the first peak (Pen y Fan) at 0600hrs and to finish the last peak between 2300hrs and Midnight. We transport you between peaks and can also arrange the travel arrangements to Pen y fan and back again from Snowdon to ensure the things are easy and run smoothly.

COST For next trip. £150 

Cost includes T-shirt, transport, mountain guides and refreshments between peaks. (not accommodation)

Group Size – 4 to 6 persons

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If the next date does not suit you, but you still want to do it, please contact us by the above means and we can discuss alternative dates.

 

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Private Parties and Groups 

If you are a private party or group, which could include, a group of friends, educational establishments, or corporate businesses looking for a team building event and you want to take on the Welsh 3 Peaks or discuss other mountain adventure options weather they are one day hikes, overnight expeditions or bespoke problem solving / training scenarios please contact us to discuss.

Whatever you are looking for we pride ourselves on coming up with the right adventure package for your needs and delivering it in a friendly and personable manner.

We also benefit from the flexibility of using the best locations around Wales to meet your needs and are not limited to one area or location.

To Discuss, a package or ideas, dates and prices please contact us on the below.

 

Pricing guidelines for Private trips

  • 1 person private trip = £600 (accommodation included)
  • 2 persons private trip = £350pp (accommodation included)
  • 3 persons private trip = £265pp (accommodation included)
  • 4 to 6 persons trip = £150pp (accommodation included)
  • 7 persons and Above = Please contact us to discuss.

We can be flexible in our plan and will build the trip you want to get your price right.

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The 3 Peaks Challenge – 10th Sept 2022 

Wales has many iconic and beautiful mountains and there is no better challenge for seeing and experiencing the diversity of these than taking on The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. And to make it a decent challenge we will have 24 hours to complete it.

Timings – Approximately – 6am Start Finish by 11pm (17 hrs) Which gives us a bit of flex time.

Logistics

The Welsh 3 peaks challenge will be held on Saturday morning, The transport will leave Pembrokeshire at 0400hrs and head to the first peak, Pen y Fan. Once this mountain is complete we will head to Cader Idris in Mid Wales, before finishing off at Snowdon.

Logistics in More Detail 

The transport will leave Pembrokeshire at 0400hrs and head east towards the Brecon Beacons and Pen y Fan. “The Fan” is a hike infamous with the military, especially the special forces, making this a fitting place to start. The plan will be to start our ascend at 0600hrs.

Once finished we will make our way along the 86 mile journey through mid Wales to Cader Idris. It is in our humble opinion that this is the best and possibly the hardest 3 to climb. But the views are worth it.

Once Cader Idris is conquered we will make the 57 mile journey North to Wales and England’s highest peak Snowdon. A real challenge to finish on.

 

What we’ll provide 

  • Transport from designated pick ups in Pembrokeshire/Carmarthenshire . If you are travelling from another area of the UK we can arrange a suitable location to meet you or accommodation for you.
  • Transport between each climb and back to Pembrokeshire or South Wales to pick up your Vehicle at agreed location.
  • Light snacks and refreshments along the way
  • Mountain Leader Guide and support staff.
  • 3 Peaks T-Shirt
  • And a few beers on the journey back
  • Transport will be either people carrier, 4×4 or mini bus (depends on group size)

Why do the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge and Why do it with Us?

  • The 3 peaks mentioned are iconic sites in Wales. They are naturally beautiful and offer so much to those who do them. Not only in terms of physical exertion but just being out on the mountains and the completion of such a challenge does so much for your wellbeing.
  • Doing it with a group gives you support and encouragement through the difficult bits. It helps to create and build friendships and its a great feeling to share an achievement with a likeminded group that have been through it with you.
  • These are must do peaks in Wales.
  • We all lead busy lives, and planning such a trip can be daunting and prevent you doing it, so let us do the logistics.
  • Safety – You will be looked after and supported by us all the way. The mountains can be a dangerous place, especially if the weather changes and or fatigue sets in. We will manage this for you. And will have experience Mountain leaders supporting you.
  • Confidence – Sometimes we can’t find the right people to go with and you may not have the confidence to go it alone.
  • Logistics – We know where the car parks are, the best routes up the mountains and the roads through Wales to each location. To make it all run as smoothly as possible.

Fitness 

We will not be running up or down the Mountains. We will be Walking/Hiking them. This is a Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge, not race – Other than racing the Sun!

However in the time allocated the speed of the walks/hikes will have to be a brisk one. There will be time to stop on the paths to the summits for drinks, photos and a breath! and time at the top to enjoy the views and achievement.

Its worth noting that each Mountain on its own, in the time we have allocated would require a good walking pace and decent level of fitness. The fact and more importantly that we will be doing 3 in 17 hours will require the ability to recover quickly and show good stamina to repeat.

If you are starting from a point where you have not done any physical exercise for a long time. We would expect you to train accordingly for the event, by performing quickly paced hikes, up hills/mountains/coast path to get use to the undulating ground you will face and the strain it puts on the body.

As with any training it is important to start off as early as possible with your training and build up slowly and steadily to the required fitness. In reality the fitness training requires you to get out into the great out doors and walk. It will improve your fitness, health and give you the experience of exploring new places – so all good.

This challenge is achievable for all, it does not require super fitness levels but it does require a strong mind and the will power to go again and again and to keep going up when the peaks get steep! It really is all in the mind. (And a little bit in the legs!!!!)

THINGS TO CONSIDER

February v June

An interesting fact, February is the driest yet coldest month on average in Wales. Whilst June is also traditionally warm, with long daylight hours. What does this mean for the Welsh 3 Peaks. First things first, you can never second guess the weather in the mountains no matter what the season is. June 2020, we had serious rain in PYF, a heat wave in Cader Idris and cold and dark on the descent from Snowdon.

However it is definitely worth noting that there is a very good chance February will be tougher. There will be less daylight hours, so temperatures will drop, and movement will be slower. However hiking the mountains in the dark is special and something you will not forget.

It is all about being prepared and a full kit list will be sent out to those who are registered.

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Snowdon

Height – 1085m

Miles to be Covered – 7.5miles

Path to be taken – (The path may vary depending on weather and other such factors)

We save the biggest till last! We will Start just off the A4086 and make our way up the Miners Track. This is an ideal way to start the last peak the first 2 miles are a gentle incline, great to loosen the legs after all the travelling and previous peaks. The miners track also has some great views. Mile 3 and 4 also have wonderful views but are rather steep! Once we reach the Summit we will descend via the Llanberis Path a well trodden and marked out route to return us to the mini bus.

The Mountain 

Snowdon comes from the old English name “Snow Hill” (I have seen snow on the peek in June) It is the highest Mountain in Wales and England. However it has many (approx 8) well defined paths to the summit all of varying degrees of difficult, These traits all make it the most climbed mountain in the UK as well as being Wales’s 3rd most visited tourist attraction and that is another reason;

As with all our routes, if the weather dictates we may change them at the last moment.

Why we Finish at Snowdon?

To beat the crowds – especially in June

It also allows the logistics to flow better when coming from the South of the Country, with less time spent on the bus. We did it this way in 2020 and it worked really well.

Cader Idris

Height – 893m

Miles to be Covered – 6 miles

Path to be taken – (The path may vary depending on weather and other such factors)

We will park up on at the Cader Idris car park just off the A487 and make our way up the Minffordd Path, we will also descend via this route. The Minffordd Path is described as a hard strenuous walk and I would not disagree with that. With the first 1.5 miles being a slog. But saying that it really is a great location and great views and sense of being in the wilds. Definitely one of my favourite walks in Wales or anywhere.

The Mountain

Cader Idris is situated on the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park near to the historic town of Dolgellau. It is the 9th highest peak in Wales and the highest in Mid Wales. Like all of the 3 peaks the location is steeped in ancient Welsh history and mythology and when you are in the midst of Cader Idris you can see and feel why. It is our humble opinion that this is the toughest of the 3 climbs and the most remote. Although guide books say it gets very busy, it is less busy than the others and this could be that it is a harder walk than the others!

Cader Idris

Height – 886m

Miles to be Covered – 4.2miles

Path to be taken – (The path may vary depending on weather and other such factors)

We will park up opposite the Story Arms Outdoor Centre on the A470. From here will head up from the iconic red telephone box. And head straight up (with a slight downhill blip) till we get to the first peak “Corn Du” once we reach this point it’s a slight decline and incline before reaching the summit. We will then return via the same. Although this might be the lesser of the 3 peaks, its a great place to start and the steep climb for the first 1/2 mile certainly sets the scene for the day.

The Mountain

Pen y Fan has become infamous with the British Army, particularly the Special Forces who use this climb to the summit (and a bit more!!!) as part of their selection process known as the “fan dance”. It is also the highest Peak in the UK, south of Cader Idris and offers great views across the South Wales Valleys.

Like all of the Routes on the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge the Mountains can be an unforgiven place and its quite common to have 3 or 4 seasons in one climb. But its certainly an experience that will stay with you for sometime.

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