Fri 18 May - Sat 19 May 2018

OVERVIEW

What to expect

ITINERARY

What you will do

COSTS

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ESSENTIAL INFO

All you need to know

Everything you need to know

This page provides you with a variety of information about the challenge that you might find useful.

Why Book with Charity Challenge

Level of Difficulty

Clothing and Equipment

Bike and Kayak Equipment

Training

Money

Insurance

Group Size

Leadership

Climate

Terrain

Responsible Tourism

Challenge Timings

Getting There

Accommodation

Food and Drink

Toilets

Safety

Emergencies

Why Book with Charity Challenge

  • Everything included from the moment you arrive. Unlike other operators we include everything from hotel accommodation, breakfast on the morning of the challenge,  and plenty of lunch and snacks whilst on the trek.
  • Hire of kayaks is included in the cost. Hire of road bikes can be provided.
  • The very best Leaders and instructors, who are fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun. They will do everything to help you complete the challenge and have a great time doing it.
  • Fully qualified cycling and kayak leaders who can also provided expert instruction to guide you through each activity.
  • Summit the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon, 1085m high.

Level of Difficulty

The Snowdon Multi-Adventure Challenge is graded as tough. This is the perfect challenge for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind, but perhaps haven’t taken on a multi-activity challenge before. You will not been to an expert cyclist or kayaker, just somebody with a willing sense of adventure.

You can tell your supporters that on your Snowdon Multi-Adventure Challenge you will be:

  • Climbing to the summit of Snowdon – 15km, 1085m high.
  • Cycling 17km around the lake shore of Llyn Padarn and passed the famous slate quarries of this area.
  • Kayak for 4km around Llyn Padarn.
  • A full day of activity, transferring from one activity to the next with just enough time to refuel.

Clothing and Equipment

Equipment of good quality and durability could make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. For this challenge, you may wish to change kit between each activity. You will be able to leave any extra equipment in the support van. Waterproof and well-worn in boots will be indispensable for the trek. The terrain is uneven and can be very rough, so it is vital that you use a strong pair of canvas or leather boots with good ankle support for this challenge, coupled with a pair of good quality walking socks. Trainers are not suitable. The benefits of a comfortable day sack cannot be underestimated - so make sure that you train with this. Other essentials are high quality gore-tex waterproof and windproof jackets and trousers, as well as technical/wicking t-shirts rather than cotton shirts. We would like to emphasize that jeans should not be worn on this challenge. A full kit list for this challenge can be found here. Once you book you will have access to kit discounts with our partners The Outdoor Shop, Outdoorhire and Cotswold Outdoor.

Any safety equipment required for the kayaking will be provided, including helmets and life vests. You should bring your own helmet for the cycling section.

Bike and Kayak Equipment

BIKE
For this challenge, you will need to bring your own bike. The bike section of the challenge follows good quality, country roads and we would recommend a road bike, hybrid or mountain bike. You must also provide your own helmet. Ideally you will already be familiar with it by the time you take part in the challenge. In preparation for the event, and for your training, you must ensure that your bike is roadworthy. Have the bike serviced when you start training and again prior to the event. This will ensure that the bike is good enough to get you through your training and the challenge.
If you would like to hire a bike then please email challenges@charitychallenge.com stating your name and your height. the cost of hiring a bike is £25 and this is payable when you arrive for the challenge.

KAYAK
All equipment for the kayaking section will be provided for you along with safety instruction. If you wish to bring spare clothes for after this section then these can be stored in the support vehicle. Similarly, if you wish to bring swimming shorts or costume then you can. However, changing facilities are not provided between the activities. Swimming shorts or costumes are not vital and we would recommend having spare clothes instead.

Training

This challenge is something of great adventure that will have you cycling, kayaking and hiking across   the glorious and exciting Snowdonia National Park, therefore requiring a moderate to good level of fitness. The ideal training for this challenge is, naturally, hill walking and cycling. If you do not have the luxury of living near the hills, then the stairs at home (or an office block) are a great place to start. Most training should be part of an ongoing lifestyle, but if this is not the case then you should begin training 2-4 months prior to the challenge and gradually build up as suggested. Remember to use the walking boots that you will be wearing on the challenge in order to get them worn in, and take the daysack that you will be using during the challenge. There is no substitute for walking in the hills so try if possible to get out on a weekend and train in an area with steep hills. You should progress to training with your boots on from week 4 at the latest, but preferably from week 1. The more you exercise before the expedition, the more you will get out of it. Also see your Charity Challenge Fitness Training notes.

Your training should also include some cycle training, preferably including some hills. The biking section of this challenge takes place on off-road trails, but you should gear your training to being comfortable on a bike and have experience of cycling up hills.

For the kayaking, no prior experience is necessary, although if you have the opportunity to go to a local kayaking club then this would help you when you arrive for the challenge. Kayaking requires good upper body strength, so if possible doing some exercises or light weights to build your strength would be advantageous.

Money

During the challenge there will be limited opportunities to purchase extra snacks or a cup of tea, for which you should need no more than approximately £20. This excludes your joining and returning home travel costs.

Insurance

We don’t offer insurance for our UK trips, as any medical emergencies would naturally be covered through the NHS. Therefore the main thing that you will not be covered for is in the event of your cancellation. You can read our cancellation policy in our terms and conditions here, and if you wish, you could look into your own policy that covers cancellation for travel within the UK.

Group Size

Our maximum group size for this challenge is 50. For the purpose of this itinerary the group will be split into separate teams to complete each the challenge. If you wish to make sure that you are in the same team as someone please let us know at the time of booking. Depending on the number of people we may need to have separate groups doing the activities at different times.

Leadership

We employ experienced and fully qualified challenge leaders to accompany and lead you. Our leaders are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading expeditions throughout Britain and overseas. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group and will be carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them at all times. They will also be in constant radio communication with the vehicle drivers and ‘base camp’ throughout the challenge. Qualified mountain bike leaders and kayak instructors are also employed to guarantee that you are very well looked after at all times and have access to expert advice.

Climate

As you know, the weather in the UK can be highly unpredictable and at times erratic, so being prepared is the key! We run UK challenges between April and October, and although the summer months of June-August should be, in general, warmer, sunnier and more stable in terms of the weather conditions, we all know that this isn’t always the case. Please check the weather forecasts to ensure that you bring clothing suitable for warm, sunny temperatures as well as strong winds and downpours.

Terrain

Despite its location in the UK, the difficulty of this challenge should not be underestimated. The terrain on this challenge varies throughout and can be rough at times, so be prepared! The path on the trek is steep and uneven whilst the cycling section follows quiet country roads for the most part.

Responsible Tourism

At Charity Challenge we are committed to sustainable and responsible tourism, and work closely with the National Park to make sure that we run this challenge in a responsible manner. We ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly, and  aim to limit our impact on the natural environment. For more information, please visit our Responsible Tourism pages, where you will be able to view a list of the projects that we currently support.

Challenge Timings

You should aim to arrive at your challenge accommodation in Llanberis for the early evening. Please note that this evenings meal is not included in the challenge. Food is available at the accommodation.

Your day begins with an early breakfast, and time to prepare for the challenge ahead. The challenge itself commences at 9am, with the group taking on the cycling route around Llyn Padarn.

Next, the group will undertake the iconic trek to the summit of Snowdon. You will then finish the day with a kayak challenge around a 4km circuit along the lake. You should expect to complete this challenge by early evening.

Please note that we may need to change the timings of this itinerary and change the order that the activities are undertaken.

Getting There

You should plan to arrive for 7pm on the evening before the challenge. The precise location of the hotel will be given in your Final Details information 1 month prior to the challenge departure. You will be staying in a local hotel close to the village of Llanberis.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in a local hotel in Llanberis. Sleeping arrangements are in same-sex twin share rooms. Please let us know if you wish to share with a specific person.

Food and Drink

You will be provided with breakfast on the morning of your challenge, and a packed lunch during the day. There will also be refreshments available before each activity changeover.

Dinner is not provided on the evening that you arrive at your hotel. Food is available at the hotel, or elsewhere in Llanberis. If you intend to eat in the hotel then we recommend that you book in advance.

Toilets

Participants will be able to utilise the bathroom facilities in the morning prior to the challenge, as well as after the hike and again at the end of the day. However, during the challenges such facilities will be limited to the great outdoors!

Safety

Charity Challenge considers the safety of all of our participants and staff to be a top priority, and as such we have set up Challenge Safe, one of the most advanced and thorough safety management systems in the industry. Challenge Safe formalises our ethos when it comes to safety, and brings together the procedures and risk management strategies that we use to audit all aspects of our challenges, from vehicles to accommodation to the challenge activity itself. Your welfare is absolutely paramount!

Here are a couple of important points that you should be aware of:

  •  The terrain on the challenge is often rocky and in wet conditions can be extremely slippery. Please make sure that your walking boots have good grip. Trainers are not appropriate as they lack grip.
  •  The weather on the summits of the hills can be very different to down in the valleys. Please make sure you carry an additional warm layer, waterproof jacket and trousers and a hat and gloves.
  •  Always wear the safety equipment provided to you for the cycling and kayaking activities.
  • We employ qualified instructors for each activity. Please listen carefully to the instructions given.
  •  This is an all day challenge. Ensure that you eat lots throughout the day and keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids.

Emergencies

Your challenge leader will have a mobile phone and radios in case of emergencies and the team are trained to deal with any emergency situations. The event is not run as a race though and you will not be expected to walk or cycle at a pace beyond your capabilities. Should you find yourself unable to continue for any reason, you will be transferred back to the start point by safety vehicle.

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We hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 6546. Many of the flight-inclusive challenges on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. This ATOL protection only covers challenges that include flights booked by Charity Challenge and that originate in the UK. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate

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