National Rheuamtoid Arthritis Society

Snowdon Climb Challenge Event 2020

  • Price: £50
  • Date: Saturday 5th September 2020
  • Duration: 1 day

Snowdon Challenge

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

This is the most rugged and challenging of the six paths up Snowdon, which leads along the foothills of Crib Goch.

Nobody knows for sure 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. 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

Days: 1
Grade: Medium/Hard
Start Location: Pen Y Pass Finish Location: Llanberis

Vehicle: Optional Minibus shuttle for participants between (Llanberis and Pen y Pass) Additional cost £5

Guides: Qualified Mountain Leaders (First aid qualified and highly experienced)

Day 1

07:30 – Meet Sky Blue Adventures Team at Pen Y Pass.
08:00 – After a team briefing 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
GENERAL NOTES

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 if required – additional cost)
▪ 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