Welsh 3000ft challenge
by Rekrab » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:38 pm
attempting this walk in June I remember someone one these forums asked me to get in touch when sorting the team out and can't remember who so I'm posting this hoping that they see it.
by malky_c » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:30 pm
by Rekrab » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:17 pm
by Rekrab » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:53 pm
by clivegrif » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:29 pm
by Gythral » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:59 pm
You're all mad
Serveral times I've ferried people from the milestone buttress, or Idwall cottage back to their groups/cars in Llanberis, after they have given up before the climb back up onto the Carneddu...
by clivegrif » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:31 pm
by poppiesrara » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:03 pm
I'd been half eying it up (probably in a lightweight's version involving longer detours around one or two of the rougher parts though!), but - much as I think I tend to hare round the hills pretty quickly - it still looks a lot for one day...
by Rekrab » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:40 pm
by malky_c » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:56 pm
The stats are something like 28 miles and 3800m of ascent end to end. On my first successful time, I was with my dad, and we took about 18 hours from the roadhead above Aber to Llanberis. The second time, I went with a mate, and we bivvied on Foel Fras prior to the start. We also moved a bit faster, and my mate's mum met us at the foot of Tryfan and Nant Peris to take our bivvi gear and supply us with extra food. She then decided to join us on Crib Goch. The weather was terrible by that point, and she ended up holding us up as she was scared! I think we were about 15.5 hours that time (including 1.5 hours up onto Foel Fras the previous evening)
I haven't done any other walks that even approach that length or amount of height gain since, and it pretty much leaves you disabled for the next day or two. There is also a tendency to nod off if you stop anywhere on the last descent.
I'm not too sure what to suggest as a gauge to see how well you would cope. I did a lot of walking at the time, but I don't think I did a route even half as long before trying it (except perhaps for my failed attempt the year before, when we didn't make it up onto the Snowdon range). Maybe a round of the Peris Horseshoe would be a good buildup for it (Starting in Llanberis, up Elidir, along to Glyder Fawr, down to Pen y Pass, up Lliwedd and Snowdon, down over Moel Cynghyrion and Moel Eilio, back to Llanberis). Or maybe you just need to try the full route to find out.
by mountainstar » Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:04 pm
In a nutshell what I noted then....
Weather...Sunny, clear and hot.
It was my first ever bivvy, I was really inexperienced then, bought a cheap crap sleeping bag the day before from Millets, and slept in an orange plastic emergency bag (you know the type) and got little sleep, I remember I was pretty cold. Was awoken by other walkers walking up for the sunrise at 4.30am, so up and away by 5.10am. Ditched sleeping bag etc in Nant Peris (collected later) Ogwen by noon. Foel Fras by 4pm. Aber by 5.20pm. In my notes it says "My legs about finished and feeling physically shattered, but glad I've done it"
Snowdon to Frol Fras 10.50hrs. Snowdon to Aber 12.10hrs.
The record at that time was 4.18mins! Bet that been shattered now .
I was somewhat hill fit, but was never anything like an athlete....and was a lot younger
by Rekrab » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:10 am
two 40 klm days in a row were a killer carrying very large packs.
I walked 39km climbing 2400m in under 12 hours three weeks ago and Malky done a very similar walk last week. Last July I walked 34km climbing over 3000m in 13 hrs
so with my increased training, if I can keep it up, I should be ready for this challenge. Mind you its not just the distance and the ascent its also the terrain that will sap our strength. Its a tough challenge so we need to be prepared.
by Rekrab » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:42 am
I've walked though glen nevis from stob ban and it's a helllish long boggy walk to steall falls.
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