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Weekend: Sea to Summit

Snowdon

  • Where?

    United Kingdom

  • Altitude

    1,085m

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P2

  • Technical

    T1

  • P2 - Prolonged walking over varied terrain. There may be uphills and downhills, so a good solid fitness is required. Expect to be able to do a 6 to 8 hour walk over undulating terrain with a few punchy uphill climbs carrying a pack up to 6kg in weight.

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  • T1 - No technical skills are needed.  A good steady walking ability only is required.

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  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

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  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQ's

Overview

Trek and cycle beautiful Welsh landscape in our Weekend Sea 2 Summit Snowdon Challenge. Escape the everyday cycling 40km through Snowdonia National Park, before summiting Wales’ highest peak. Everything’s organised professionally with an expert leader guiding you all the way. You just have to be reasonably fit and open to adventure.

After a pick up from Llandudno Junction train station, you’ll spend a relaxed Saturday evening in the walled medieval town of Conwy for an event briefing and a chance to get to know the team. Sunday morning, the challenge starts at Conwy Castle cycling alongside the tidal Conwy River and into Snowdonia’s heart. The roads are quiet and weave through amazing Welsh countryside to the foot of Snowdon. Here, you’ll stop for a rest and a packed lunch with the National Park as your backdrop. Refueled, you’ll swap bikes for hiking boots to climb Snowdon. The 3-hour, 820m ascent trek begins on the main path to Pen Y Pass then joins the Miners Path, zig zagging up to Bwlch Glas before reaching the summit.for stunning views across the North Wales coastline. Descent via the Pyg Track ends with a deserved glass of bubbly at the finish line.

This is an affordable, accessible weekend designed to expand horizons and leave you emotionally refreshed for Monday.

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Date & Prices

We currently have no scheduled dates for this expedition, however if you give the office a call on 0207 1834 360 it would be easy for us to get this up and running.

Included

  • Organisation of event
  • Price is based on group of 10
  • Qualified cycling and mountain leaders
  • First aid trained staff & mountain rescue team members with radio backup
  • Support vehicle & driver
  • 1 night’s hostel type accommodation including breakfast. We can offer up grades on request, subject to availability at an additional cost
  • 1 packed lunch
  • Training program

Not Included

  • Travel to and from Wales
  • Bike hire
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 : Saturday Evening

Arrive early evening in the medieval and walled market town of Conwy where you will stay overnight after receiving a full event briefing and the chance to meet your team of leaders and support crew.

A pick-up service is available from Llandudno Junction train station on request.

DAY 2 : Sunday

Our challenge begins today at the Conwy Castle. You will be cycling in teams with your very own dedicated and qualified cycling leader, You will leave the coast and pedal alongside the tidal Conwy River heading into the heart of Snowdonia. Cycling along quiet and undulating country roads you will experience the amazing scenery of the Welsh countryside leading you the way to the foot of Snowdon. (Cycling distance 40km)

On arrival at the base of Snowdon you will have the chance to enjoy a packed lunch with the back drop of the National Park. From here you will swap your bikes for your hiking boots to start the ascent of Snowdon

Your trek begins on the main path to Pen Y Pass, where you will then join the Miners Path.The path then zigzags up to Bwlch Glas giving some iconic views of Snowdon before reaching the summit.

The trek to the summit will take approximately 3 hours and involves 820 metres of ascent. On summiting you will have the chance to enjoy the breath taking views of Snowdonia National Park and the North Wales Coastline. You will then descend via the Pyg Track which will take approximately 2.5 hours. You will be greeted at the finish line with a well-deserved celebratory glass of bubbly.

On completion of your challenge you will be transferred back to Conwy. (Walking 5.5hrs)

These are subject to minor changes depending on weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the challenge and what you will experience.

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Rucksack

15 – 25L rucksack with a good waist belt. To carry your own spare clothing, water, camera, and all your personal kit including, snacks and water and a whistle for safety provisions

Kit bag

Preferably a soft duffle bag for clean clothes

Dry stuffsacks

A waterproof dry bag or  equivalent to keep phone, camera etc

Headwear

Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Upper Body

Fleece Jacket or Wind stopper

A full zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pull over style

Waterproof jacket

Breathable waterproof jacket that has a good hood

Gloves

A pair of thin liner gloves you can keep on the whole time if you need to

Base layer

This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion

Lower Body

Waterproof trousers

Waterproof trousers can be of lighter weight than the top

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Cycling shorts

3 pairs or better still 1 pair for each day of riding as washing is difficult at hotels. Spend more to get more padding so you can sit easy at night!

Feet

Socks

Change of socks

Walking boots

Well broken in boots/walking shoes, suggest boots in preference over shoes/fell trainers as with tiredness comes weak ankles. Also walking in dark doesn’t afford good foot placement

Cycling shoes and over shoes

Assuming you have cleat pedals, otherwise trainers or similar

Technical Equipment

Bike

If you’re intent on not hiring one of ours

Helmet

Don’t forget your cycling helmet!

Hydration

Water bottles / bladder

2 litres of water in bladder or bottles

Toiletries

Wet wipes biking

Useful for degreasing your hands after putting your chain back on or after lunch

Alcohol gel

Alcohol gel must be used diligently at all times to help avoid any sickness being shared within the group

Nappy sacks

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

Medications

Personal first aid kit

Please bring paracetamol, brufen, some plasters/Compeed etc for your feet to help prevent blisters, antiseptic cream/ointment/wipes, rehydration salts (ie. dioralyte) and anti-histamines

Personal medication

Keep this in your daypack

Misceallaneous

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Head torch

Bring spare batteries

Snacks

Bring snacks/energy food for your entire challenge

Trekking poles

These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill

Ear plugs

For protection against the inevitable snorers!

Bike lights

Bring spare batteries

Contact lenses / glasses

Contact lens wearers should consider bringing glasses, as the dry air and dust plus the difficulty with cleaning, can cause problems with using contact lenses

FAQ's

Food and Water

What food and drinks are included?

At lunch time you will stop and have a light yet energy filled picnic. Dinner and breakfast will be either at the hostel. Water and snacks will be provided throughout. Please let us know prior to departure if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

On arrival in Conwy we will be staying in hostel style accommodation. We can offer up grades on request, subject to availability at an additional cost.

Health and Safety

What happens if I fall ill, can’t keep up or there is an emergency?

The mountain leaders 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!

Any tips to remember whilst trekking?

Here are a few tips to remember while trekking:

  • 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 are feeling unwell at any point please let someone know, we want to make sure everyone remains fit and healthy whilst trekking.

Kit

What advice can you give on bikes?

We strongly recommend that you ride a road or hybrid bike, rather than a mountain bike, for this challenge due to the distance involved plus the route is along on well-surfaced roads. It’s important that you ride the bike you have been training on so you are used to it. Although training in the gym is useful, there is no substitute for getting out in all weather conditions and getting to know your bike including the range of your gears. Bikes can be hired for a cost £35.00 which includes a helmet.

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 about other equipment/clothing?

You will need to bring your own helmet so that the fit will be perfect. You will not be allowed to ride unless you wear a helmet. We recommend you bring your own gloves too. They are an essential piece of kit that will relieve strain and abrasions in the event of a fall. You must also bring your own padded cycle shorts and stiff soled sports shoes are recommended if you are not wearing SPDs. Please refer to the kit list for more details.

The Challenge

What are the group sizes?

Our maximum size group is 40 with a minimum of 10 people per group.

Who will be leading the group?

We 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.

What if I have problems with my bike?

Our support vehicles will carry a range of spares along with a full tool kit. However, it is impossible for us to carry spares for every eventuality so it is vital that you check your own bike is in good working order before departure. It is a condition of travel that you supply your own helmet and wear it at all times while cycling, with the straps done up!

What information can you give on the trek?

The trekking section of the challenge will take place on Snowdon it’s a steady climb to the summit taking around 3 hours, followed by the descent taking around 2.5 hours to Pen Y Pass. The trek will be led by qualified local mountain leaders.

How fit do I need to be?

Training and a good level of fitness is definitely required. This is a tough challenge! As much preparation and training you put in beforehand the better chance of success you have.

How many breaks will be taken during the trek and for how long?

The timing of breaks is quite liberal and there will be scheduled breaks for 5 minutes, 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.

The Weather

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 we give and carry the correct kit (please see kit list).

Training

Any tips on training?

The ideal training for the Sea 2 Summit 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.

By 3 months prior to departure, you should be able to take on some long rides, up to 30-40miles in a day, and if you live in a flat area it is well worth getting out and finding some hills. If you cannot maintain a steady average speed of 9 miles per hour you are unlikely to be able to complete the cycling.

General

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.

Well what an adventure I’ve just had!  Amazing. Fantastic. Inspirational all in one. Even these words don’t represent my superb experience.

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