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The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer Climb of Snowdon – Saturday 9th September

Hike Snowdonia / The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer Climb of Snowdon – Saturday 9th September

The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer Climb of Snowdon – Saturday 9th September

£45

per person

With the assistance of one of our mountain leaders you will ascend Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales and by doing so raise money and awareness of The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer. 

This event is for fundraisers who wish to raise money by climbing Snowdon for The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer.

The Challenge

With the assistance of one of our mountain leaders you will ascend Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales and by doing so raise money and awareness of The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer.  Raising money for The Chestnut Appeal helps make a real difference to the lives of men with prostate cancer and their Families.  You don’t have to worry about navigating up Snowdon, all you need to do is focus on completing the challenge.  The challenge group, will not consist of more than 10 people.

The Route

We ascend via the Pyg Track to the majestic summit of Snowdon which stands proud at 1085 meters.The pyramidal lines make Snowdon look like a mountain that a child would draw.  From above the mountain is said to look like a starfish, having five ridges and five cwms.  However, on closer inspection you will see that there is a lot more going on here; the mountain has been shaped by its glacial past, making it very complex.  It is unclear why the path is called the Pyg Track. The Snowdonia National Park website suggests that it was named after a pass on the track called Bwlch y Moch, which translates as the ‘Pig’s Pass’.  Another theory is because it was used to carry ‘pyg’ (black tar) to the copper mines.  Whatever its nomenclature, the Pyg Track is one of our favourite paths to reach the summit.  We will ascend about 785m (having started at over 300m), skirting the slopes of Crib Goch and passing above Llyn Llydaw and Glaslyn. The path, whilst the shortest to the top, is steep and rocky in places.  After reaching the summit and celebrating our achievement we will then descend via the Miners’ Track.  This track was originally a track used to access mines, the remains of which you can still see on this route down.

Fitness

You will need a certain level of fitness to complete this challenge.  It will be a full day’s wall in the mountains.  At time parts are steep and you will need to us your hands to steady yourself.  Following registration on the event will send you some fitness tips to enable you to prepare for your challenge.

Kit

Please make sure that you have the kit required to undertake the walk.  See our kit lists.  We will not be able to take you into the mountains if you don’t have the basic kit required.  This is so that we can ensure both your safety and the safety of the group.

Collecting sponsorship for the Chestnut Appeal

We do not collect the sponsorship money for you.  You will need to make your own arrangements to for this.  Normally we would suggest that you use the Just Giving Website. We  want to support you in both the run up to the challenge and after the challenge.  So please let us know your social media contact details so that we can tag you in our posts.  Please also send us your media both before and after so we can continue to support you.

Staying in Snowdonia

Depending on your budget and desired level of comfort there are various accommodation options.  We can provide you with details of local bed and breakfast, hotels, hostels or campsites should you wish us to do so.  Just email us for suggestions.

 

 

  • Departure
    18
  • Departure Time
    Departure time Please arrive at 9.00 for a briefing and prompt departure at 9.20
  • Return Time
    17:00
  • Dress Code
    See our kit list
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1: Meet

We will meet at the Pen y Pass Car Park (see location) at the start time.  We normally leave 20 - 30 minutes later.  This gives a window of arrival so you don’t miss the hike. The Car Park is very popular and in summer can be full at 7am in the morning.  It is therefore really important, that you plan how you will get to the start point.  There is a charge at the Car Park for parking. We will send you details about how to get to the Car Park using the shuttle or other options when we confirm your hike.  You can find some more information by clicking here.  You will have the chance at this stage to meet your guide for the day and fellow hikers.
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2: Briefing

Just before we leave, you will be given a briefing about the planned route, weather conditions and health and safety.
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3: Ascent

Will start our ascent at a leisurely pace and we will walk as a group.  It is really important at this stage not to go too fast and tire yourself out.  It is also important to stay together, as there will be other people doing the same walk and you wonder off you my get lost.  If you need to stop at any point (even for a call of nature) then let us know. We will to reach the summit of Snowdon for lunch and depending on the weather, spend about 30 minutes or so at the top. This will allow ample time to have photos and visit the café and of course celebrate your achievement. We will also have the opportunity to have a group photo.
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4. Descent

We will slowly make our way back down the mountain, stopping when required to take in the view, refuel or rehydrate.   Even though the summit is behind you there is still challenge ahead.  Believe it or not a lot of people find coming down the mountain more difficult than going up! We will stop for a group photo at the end of the day.
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5: Debrief

At our café/pub stop the leader will share his thoughts with you about the day, before wishing you a safe journey home.

Tour Location

Pen y Pass Car Park

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