summit all the highest mountains in wales
This is for anyone with aspirations to summit all 15 of the 3000 foot mountains of Wales in a single attempt
SO WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Journey across the 15 summits of all the 3000 foot mountains of Wales in a single 24 hour attempt. It's around 30 miles across the three mountain groups of northern Snowdonia – Carneddau, Glyderau and Snowdon with approximately 4000m of ascent and descent…. it's certainly not a mountain journey to be under-estimated!
Did you know that the earliest known traverse of all the original fourteen peaks dates back to 1919 when Eustace Thomas led a Rucksack Club group AND the fastest record for the challenge (from first peak to last) stands at 4 hours 19 minutes, by Colin Donnelly in 1988!
What does the course cover?
This is a a true challenge that takes in some of North Wales’ finest walking and scrambling! Due to the length of the route, daylight needs to be maximised and therefore there will be a very early start from Pen Y Pass. After completing the three summits of the Snowdon group you will walk down into the Llanberis Pass to Nant Peris, from here it’s a long ascent on to the Glyderau, this section will start with Elidir Fawr and conclude with Tryfan. From here it’s down into Ogwen Valley for another resupply before heading up onto the final mountain range, the Carneddau. Eventually Foel Fras is reached and the nearest roadhead is still some distance beyond that!
The whole trip is based on an instructor ratio of 1:6 and in addition a fresh instructor will take over at Ogwen Valley to ensure your safety. You will be met in both of these locations with hot drinks and to change into your spare clean clothing and replenish your hill food.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...
DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?
This is a long and physically challenging day in the mountains, normally done in about 16-20 hours and you ideally should be a regular mountain walker. You certainly won’t be running the route, but the ability to maintain a steady pace on a variety of terrain will aid you in your attempt. Crib Goch and Tryfan are Grade 1 scrambles and so you need to be comfortable on these. There are cut off times throughout the whole day, this is based on experience of the route and appreciation of how long each section could take. This will be adhered too during the day to ensure your safety.
To give yourself the best opportunity to complete this day, prior training in the hills and mountains is essential.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
You should ensure you are appropriately equipped to spend a long day in the mountains. In addition to this you will be able to leave spare food, drink and clothing, for example socks and thermals in the support vehicle.
I will send you a detailed kit list when you confirm your place.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
We will meet the evening before to discuss all the detail and timings of the next day, this will be in Capel Curig. All the logistics of returning to the start of the route will be organised for you. I will confirm the exact timings when you reserve your place.
WHERE CAN I STAY?
There is a full range of accommodation options in Snowdonia to suit every budget and taste. the ones suggested below operate independently from Paul Poole Mountaineering.
GWESTY PLAS COCH
A qualified mountain leader and logistical support
WHAT"S NOT INCLUDED
You will need to complete a booking form and full payment will need to be made at the time of booking to secure your place.
If you have other questions that you haven’t been able to find the answer to on my website, then just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org