So you're part of the Snowdon Challenge but wondering what you'll to bring and what you can expect from the day.
We will leave from the David Lloyd Gym and the coaches will travel in convoy to the Pen-y-Pass car park, there will be a 20 minute stop at a service station on the way.
Once everyone has been dropped off at Pen-y-Pass there will be a briefing before setting off on the Miners Track.
We will stop at Glas Lyn for a group photo before continuing up to the summit. Once summited we will descend along the Llanberis Path into Llanberis where we will meet the support group and the coaches.
We expect to take 2.5 -3 hours to the summit and approximately the same to get back to Llanberis.
- Small backpack
- Personal first aid kit (inhaler, paracetamol, blister plasters)
- Sturdy footwear (preferably walking boots or walking shoes)
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof over trousers
- Warm jacket/ fleece
- Packed lunch and snacks
- Plenty of water (2l minimum)
- Sun cream
- Cap and Sunglasses (we can only hope)
- Warm hat and gloves
- Dry clothes to be left on the bus
What to Wear?
Although we will be taking on this challenge in May, weather conditions can still be unpleasant therefor it is important to pack for all eventualities, it may be nice and warm at the car park but by the time we're at the summit the hats and gloves may be out. It follows the well known rule for weather forecasting in Snowdonia, "Can you see the Snowdon summit? No, it's raining or yes, it's going to rain!" The key to staying comfortable while walking is layering your clothes.
As mentioned above, waterproofs and a warm jacket are needed a part of your kit. Your base layer trousers need to be light synthetic tracksuit type. Your top also needs to be synthetic but this will be provided to you by the Owen McVeigh foundation. Cotton has poor insulating properties once wet so avoid wearing it, also avoid wearing denim.
Walking boots or shoes are recommended, however a sturdy pair of trainers will be suitable. If you are going to buy a pair of walking boots ensure that you get them with plenty of time so you can break them in.
One way to minimise the likelihood of blisters is to wear two pairs of socks. A thin pair first and then a thicker pair over them.
There is very little phone signal while walking up Snowdon however throughout the day there is going to be plenty of photo opportunities so it is likely you're going to want to have your phone with you. If it is raining even with a phone in a pocket there is a chance it will get wet and damaged, therefore it is recommended you put your phone inside a sealed plastic bag.
If you have any other questions please comment below or post on the Facebook pages and we'll get back to you.
The Experience Expedition Team