Snowdonia Challenge Training Walk – 27/5/17
Date/Time: 27/05/2017, 7:00 am - 1:00 pm Location: Pen y Pass, Llanberis
An opportunity to put in a training session for the Snowdonia Challenge and meet some of the people you’ll be sharing an incredible experience with.
Stand on the highest peak in Wales with views over the areas of Snowdonia you’ll be covering in the challenge and get some last minute one to one advice from the guides who will be with you on day.
Leaving early in the morning we will head off along the Pyg Track, returning along the Miners Track and aiming to complete this walk at the pace required to complete each day of the Snowdonia Challenge (20 miles) in 10 hours or less.
At this pace we should arrive back at Pen y Pass between 11am and 12noon (allowing for stops).
About the route
The Pyg Track leaves Pen y Pass and climbs steeply over rough and rocky terrain. On a clear day the views are fantastic over the Glyderau Range and Llanberis Pass. See the knife edge arete that is Crib Goch above you.
Follow the route onto Bwlch y Moch (pass of the pigs) and climb steadily above the glacial lake Llyn Glaslyn. At this point we head towards the summit which is in full view towering 500m above the lake.
Return via the Miners Track.
Miners Track was originally built to serve the Brittania Copper Mine and you will pass some of the mine ruins on the way.
The path takes the same route from the summit as the Pyg Track but then takes a steep ascent from Bwlch Glas to Llyn Llydaw. Once you reach the lake with the Snowdon horseshoe behind you the path becomes mainly wide and level with a good opportunity to stretch your legs!
Distance: 8 miles
Elevation gain: 723 metres
This is an example itinerary. Exact details will be sent to you in the run up to the event.
6.45am – Meet at Pen y Pass car park
We strongly recommend that you share transport where possible. Pay and display parking is available £5 up to 4 hours and £10 over 4 hours.
You will meet your group and your guide who will brief you on safety and procedures for the day
7.00am Start walking
9.30am – Arrive at the summit
9.40am – Leave the summit and start the descent via the Miners Track
(Timings will be flexible depending on the group and the weather)
12 noon – Arrive back at Pen y Pass
Toilets are available at Pen y Pass (and maybe at the summit depending on what time we arrive there)
This walk is graded 'Challenging'
This walk is specifically designed as a training walk for the Snowdonia Challenge or other similar event.
You must have experience of long walking days in mountainous regions such as Snowdonia or the Lake District. A good level of fitness is important and you will need to undertake some training before attempting this walk.
You need to be confident of your physical condition.
Qualified, experienced mountain leaders with you all the way
Full ‘ground’ support during your event
Kit and Training advice leading up to your walk
Friendly support on the end of the phone/email to answer any questions running up to your event
Full ‘event information pack’ emailed to you no less than 2 weeks before your event
Please bring plenty of water (minimum 1.5 litres) and snacks!