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What is “Race” – Welsh 3000s?

The hardest mountain challenge in Wales done in one continuous push under 24hrs, can you smash the record? It currently stands at 4 hours 19 minutes, and was achieved by Colin Donnelly in 1988. However, a good time for most fit groups is around the 15-17 hour mark.

Who’s it for?

For people with adventure racing / fitness background, who also have experience on steeper mountain terrain and scree slopes

What you get . . . the package

Pre event – We help you plan what mountain specific training elements you should include in the run up to your 2 day challenge. We will also include a detailed kit list of things you should have, and examples of these items.

During the event – Firstly, we will meet you the night before and have a check on everybody’s fitness. This is an excellent opportunity to go through last minute equipment issues, and maybe nutrition for on the hill

  • On the Morning of the event – we will meet you in Pen y Pass and walk up the miners track to the summit of Snowdon. Only here does the challenge truly begin! Once on the top of Snowdon (the largest peak) we start our journey across to Carneddau Ugain. After negotiating the challenging knife edge arête of Crib Goch we head down to Nant Peris where the second guide is waiting in the “support vehicle” with a small breakfast and a hot cup of tea!
  • After a short pause for refuelling we head off again! This time up Elidir Fawr, and across the majestic Glyderau massif, taking in Y Garn, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach as we go, and finishing this section after summiting Tryfan. Again, waiting at the bottom of Cwm Tryfan, will be the support vehicle with more hot food and drinks to replenish weary bodies. This section covers an impressive 15km with an equally impressive 1800m of height gain.
  • After our brief rest bite we are off! Once again, the terrain will head towards the skies as we start our ascent of Pen Yr Ole Wen and with it our venture into the bleak undulating Carneddau massif; our final challenge! Although the terrain found here is more forgiving then that encountered on the other two massifs it comes when you are tired and psychologically the 13 km with 1800m going up is one long slog. The final sting in the tail is a short 3 kilometre walk back to the waiting support vehicle where more food and hot drinks can be consumed. Eat all you want guy’s you have earned it! Now what was that time?

Summary of what’s included

  • Pre event support on training, food and equipment
  • A meeting the night before to ensure all is good with everybody
  • Guided from start to finish
  • 2 x guides (one of which will hold the Mountaineering Instructor Award, the only suitable one for talking Crib Goch)
  • A support vehicle during the entire event (So, if people wish to stop at any point they can)
  • Hot food and tea / coffee
  • A post event debrief and certification
  • Placing on the “Challenge Board” if you want this.
  • A digital photo album of the event
  • A “Outdoor Active” T shirt

How much does this cost?

*= no accommodation. Nights in a premium bunkhouse can be added for £25 per person / per night. Prices stated are for participants who are booked onto the course. Terms and conditions are in line with our standard practice and can be found here.

How to book

So, if you already know we can help you with your requirements please contact us with your exact needs. Or if you have any questions not answered in these pages, again, please feel free to ask us them directly. You can contact us via the phone number and email found at the top of the page. Or, fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of the page. Also, take a look at our calendar to see what “Open to All Adventure Challenges” are coming up soon.

Learn more

Don’t fancy this; think its a bit hard for you? If so, look at our ”Trek” Welsh 3000s, perfect for those people who want to do the Welsh 3000′s just not in one long push!


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