Snowdon Climb Challenge 2021
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- Price: £55
- Date: 14th August 2021
- Duration: 1 day
The Snowdon Climbing Challenge is undoubtedly our most popular charity event. If you are seeking to create a real buzz, while smashing your fundraising targets then this could be the event for you. This highly popular challenge involves trekking to the summit of Snowdon via the Pyg track and walking over the summit and descending down the Llanberis path. This challenge is achievable by anyone with an average level of fitness.
Pyg Track Ascent
The Pyg Track is one of the main walking routes on Snowdon and known as the ‘classic’ route. Short, scenic, steeped in history and with a tough final ascent, this is a fantastic route for both beginners and experienced walkers.
The Pyg Track is the shortest route to the top of Snowdon with the least amount of vertical ascent (but still a tough walk). The Pyg Track is simple to follow and the route is well maintained.
The scenery on the Pyg Track is possibly the best of any of the other routes which is why this route is so popular.
Nobody knows for certain why this path is called the Pyg Track. It’s possible that it was named after the pass it leads through, Bwlch y Moch (translated Pigs’ Pass) as the path is sometimes spelled ‘Pig Track’. Or, maybe because it was used to carry ‘pyg‘ (black tar) to the copper mines on Snowdon. Another possible explanation is that the path was named after the nearby Pen y Gwryd Hotel, popular amongst the early mountain walkers.
Another possible explanation is that the path was named after the nearby Pen y Gwryd Hotel, popular amongst the early mountain walkers. The team who conquered Everest in 1953 stayed at this hotel while training on Snowdon. When the team returned from the Himalaya a reunion was held at the hotel, accompanied by Edmund Hillary himself.
Distance: 3.5 miles – 5.5 Km Ascent: 2,372 feet – 723 metres Time: About 3 hours
Llanberis Path Descent
Llanberis Path is the longest and most gradual of the six main paths to the summit of Snowdon, and offers fantastic views of Cwm Brwynog, Llanberis and over the Menai straights towards Anglesey.
The path mainly follows the Snowdon Mountain Railway track, and goes by Hebron, Halfway and Clogwyn stations. Before the railway was opened in 1896, visitors employed guides to lead them to the summit along this path on mule- back.
A remarkable geological feature can be seen from the Llanberis path, the Clogwyn Du’r Arddu syncline. The syncline was formed over thousands of years, as the earth moved and transformed horizontal deposits into vertical layers of rock.
Distance: 4.5 miles – 7.25Km Descent: 3,199 feet – 975 metres
Time: About 6-7 hours
Start Location: Pen Y Pass Finish Location: Llanberis
Vehicle: Minibus shuttle for participants between (Llanberis and Pen y Pass)
Guides: Qualified Mountain Leaders (First aid qualified and highly experienced)
- 07:30 – Meet Sky Blue Adventures Team at Llanberis Railway Station
- 07:45 – Travel in Private mini bus to Pen Y Pass
- 08:00 – After a team briefing at pen Y Pass, commence climb on the Pyg Track
- 11:00 – Reach Snowdon Summit and enjoy the views from the Summit Café
- 11:45 – Start descent down the Llanberis Path
- 15:00 – Arrive in Llanberis and finish challenge
1. The timings detailed above may vary due to team fitness levels and traffic
2. The participants can be split into separate teams according to their ability
3. All participants are required to carry the appropriate kit and equipment to ensure their safety on the mountain
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN ALL PACKAGES?
▪ Team presentation (if required)
▪ Logistics(all transport through out the challenge)
▪ Highly experienced mountain leaders (fully qualified and first aid trained)
▪ Maximum mountain leader/client ratio of 1 leader / 10 clients
▪ Safety equipment (carried by your Mountain Leaders)
▪ £5m Public Liability Insurance
▪ £5m Professional Indemnity Insurance