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Take on Wales’ highest peak which summits at 1,085 metres above sea level.

Led by experienced guide, Pete from Snowdonia Peaks and Valleys, you will take on the challenge of conquering Snowdon to raise vital funds for Cats Protection. The route will take between 3 to 4 hours to ascend and roughly 3 hours to descend. The route is very challenging and includes some low level scrambling on the ascent, and at times, you will need to use your hands. There are extremely steep areas and it is very exposed at the top but it has an easier path to descend.

Minimum sponsorship pledge – £150

We understand the commitment, courage and thought that goes into participating in a challenge event on behalf of Cats Protection and promise we will do our very best to give you all the help and support you need to have a successful challenge and raise lots of much-needed funds to help us care for cats and kittens. You are able to nominate to support a local branch or centre with your fundraising.

We will also provide you with a dedicated trekkers’ Facebook group to network with fellow cat-loving trekkers and a branded yellow Cats Protection technical tee-shirt to train and walk in – plus ideas, resources and support to help you fundraise.

Prefer a virtual option this year? Check out our Virtual Snowdon Climb

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Itinerary

Meet at Rhyd Ddu car park at 9am on the date of your event with a view to returning to the start point by 5pm at the latest.

The car park postcode is LL54 6TN (this postcode is vast and may take you to another car park close by), if you have any problems please reference the map and photos of the car park - download itinerary with photos here 

The cost for parking for the day is £6 for the day, and the machine does accept a card as payment.

We start our climb at Rhyd Ddu and ascend the South Ridge of Snowdon, we will descend the Rhyd Ddu Path to return to our start location.

The route will take between 3 to 4 hours to ascend and roughly 3 hours to descend. The route is very challenging and includes some low level scrambling on the ascent, and at times, you will need to use your hands. There are extremely steep areas and it is very exposed at the top but it has an easier path to descend.

It is physically demanding, so you will need to be a reasonable level of fitness and suitably equipped.

We will be led by experienced guide Pete and Lou Robertson who are members of Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team for over 15 years. They run their own climbing business called Snowdonia Peak and Valleys and are mountain, climbing and caving experts.

Is there anything else I need to know?

On all of our treks we adhere to the Natural England countryside code

Suggested Kit List 

To Wear

  • Thermal wicking base layer and fleece top – not cotton
  • Polyester, fleece or woollen trousers and tops – no jeans
  • Walking boots (three season) – we highly recommend you DON’T use this trek to ‘break in’ your new walking boots. If your boots are new ensure you have already done at least 2-3 continuous hours walking in them first.

Layer up your clothing, you will start cool, warm right up then on each stop you will cool down again. The top of the mountain can see temperatures drop dramatically so we recommend gloves, ear muffs / hats etc and extra clothing.

Personal Items – these can be carried in your back pack

  • A good quality trekking back pack (30ltrs)
  • Hat and gloves {for the top of the mountain even if you think you don’t need them}
  • Spare fleece or woollen top
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Flask or water bottle at least 1 litre
  • A packed lunch, plus energy food, even some sweets help morale at the top of the mountain and serve as a celebration
  • Whistle
  • Sunglasses and sun-cream
  • Walking poles recommended but non-essential
  • Camera / Camera phone
  • Blister plasters / tape {a first aid kit is carried by your guide}

Please note all items are carried at your own risk and not covered under any insurance. No alcohol is permitted, if you have alcohol on you it will be confiscated and given back to you after the trek.

Read more about what you can expect on Snowdon here

Download the full itinerary, kit list and FAQs here 

FAQs

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Please read our Event Covid-19 Participant Guidelines before taking part in the event. 

What is the minimum age I can take part?

Minimum age to take part is 14+.

What if the weather is poor?

We cannot guarantee good weather but there is more likelihood of settled weather which is why we chose the dates of the challenge. 

Is accommodation included?

No, accommodation is not covered, you will need to ensure you can arrive at Rhyd Ddu car park by 9am on the day of your challenge. 

Are there toilets?

Yes, there are toilets at the car park before we set off and toilets at the top of the summit in the cafe. However, you might need to be prepared to go out in the wild. Please do bring biodegradable bags to put any toilet paper into.

Is there a café?

There is a café at the top called Summit café, which sells a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks. However please note there is no guarantee of the cafe being open as it is weather dependant. It is also very busy and items may have sold out. 

Where can I fill up my bottle of water?

It’s a good idea to bring enough water with you and then if the cafe on the summit is open you can buy a top up then.

Do I need to bring food and how much?

Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, energy bars and sweets to keep you going. Please also make sure you eat a decent sized breakfast to fuel you well for the day.

What kit do I need to bring?

A recommended kit list is listed under itinerary above.

How many miles up is Snowdon?

You will be covering between 7 and 10 miles.

Download the full itinerary, kit list and FAQs here 

Is there anything else I need to know?

On all of our treks we adhere to the Natural England countryside code

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