Snowdon Charity Guided Walk
Fancy Climbing A Mountain and Raising Money for Cancer?
This event is supported by Slimming World and together we are raising money for the Smiles Campaign. (see tab below for more details).
If “climbing a mountain” is on your bucket list, then there's no better way to climb England and Wales's highest mountain than with a friendly group of people, led by an experienced walk leader.
All of our walks are led by qualified Walk Leaders, all of who are first aid trained and will carry suitable first aid kits for peace of mind for your adventure. They will be there to look after the navigation, leaving you to focus on the walk, the views and making new friends with your walking companions.
Having a walk leader along for the day is also a great way to offer support and encouragement to those who may need that extra bit of support to reach their goal.
This is a one-day event, although you can easily make it into a weekend event if you so wish.
We will meet at the YHA Pen-Y-Pass hostel car park bright and early at 6am for your full briefing. At 6.15am we will then head off on the Pyg track.
The walk from start to finish will take between 5-7 hours depending on the group.
Parking at Pen-Y-Pass is £10 per day and there are limited spaces, so you will either need to arrive very early, or you can use the park and ride at Nant Peris service for £2. Click here for timetables.
For those staying at the YHA you are able to get a car park pass which trims a few £'s off the price of the parking.
If you wish to book your accommodation independently then that is fine. Simply meet us at the Pen-Y-Pass car park at 6am. However, if you do require accommodation then please select the option when booking. All rooms are a bed in a shared single-gender dorm.
Adventure Geek Walk Leaders Will Be Staying At YHA
The Adventure Geek Walk Leaders will be staying at the YHA Pen-Y-Pass on Thursday 17th October only and driving home after the climb on Friday 18th October. If you wish to stay at the same hostel (which is modern, clean and inexpensive) then please book asap. The hostel gets booked up months in advance.
In summary, we will be walking up the PYG Track and descend down Llanberis Route.
You’ll begin the day walk by meeting your Adventure Geek Walk Leaders and the rest of the group in Pen-Y-Pass car park, where we’ll have a brief run-through of the weather, check everyone’s got the right kit, and then set off!
Did you know…The PYG Track starts at the highest point that roads reach on Snowdon, so you’ll already be above 300 metres when we start.
The PYG Track – going up!
The PYG track is both the shortest walking route up Snowdon and the one that involves the least amount of ascent. Despite this, the PYG Track is not the easiest path up as it can be steep and rocky in places but the paths are generally very good all the way. The PYG Track is only 3.41 miles in length and involves around 800m of ascent. We should complete the climb to the summit in 3-4 hours, where we will be rewarded by a hot cup of something in the Snowdon Cafe!
The views of Snowdon along the PYG Track are among the best of any route up. The PYG is also one of the busiest routes up, hence we are starting fairly early.
The Llanberis Path – going down
Llanberis Path is the easiest and longest of the six main paths to the summit of Snowdon. Originally, tourists were carried up this path on ponies and mules, and to this day it continues to be a pony path
It's the longest route but provides a gradual descent down from the summit and you will be following the train track.
NEED TO KNOW
Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Food & Drink
Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this day walk, you will need to bring your own packed lunch etc. Please note although there is a cafe on the summit this is not always open and on a summers day it can be so busy that we are not able to go in. If you are staying at the YHA in Pen-Y-Pass then I suggest ordering their packed lunch when booking.
I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.
Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.
By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.
Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.
Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.
Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk. On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.
OUR LAST EVENT...
Raising money for charity with Slimming World
Slimming World launched a charitable foundation, SMILES (Slimmers Making it a Little Easier for Someone), in 1997. In the last five years they have raised more than £11 million for a range of charities.
Slimming World currently supports Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society.
Flagship charity events include the Big Slimming World Clothes Throw, where Slimming World members donate clothes they’ve slimmed out of to local Cancer Research UK and Irish Cancer Society shops.