For the first time ever we’re offering a Welsh Double Challenge. Fly down the fastest zip wire in Europe on the Thursday and climb new heights on the Friday to reach the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales.
Sponsorship pledge = £250
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 branded yellow Cats Protection trekking top, plus ideas, resources and support to help you fundraise.
Zipworld Velocity Thursday 19 May:
Your zip time is 11am and you must arrive at least 30 minutes before this time, we suggest arriving by 10am just to be safe.
Once you arrive at Zipworld Velocity, Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda you can park up and head to reception.
When you arrive you must say you are part of the Cats Protection booking.
You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and given a briefing time slot.
You are then free to explore, watch zips or have a nerve-calming cuppa before your info session.
How fast? You can go over 100mph
How far? 1,555 metres
How many? Four people at any one time**
How many zips? Two - the little and big zipper!
Duration: Two hours
Traveling from Zipworld to Snowdon
Travel time from Zipworld to Snowdon is approximately 45 minutes. You’ll have plenty of time to grab a bite after your zip and meander your way over to Snowdon.
We advise you pick up snacks, lunch and any cash you need before you reach Snowdon. There are not many places to buy supplies once you get to Snowdon.
Snowdon Trek Friday 20 May:
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 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 three to four hours to ascend and roughly three 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 guides Pete and Lou Robertson who have been 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.
Suggested kit list
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, earmuffs/hats etc and extra clothing.
Personal items – these can be carried in your back pack:
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.
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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 in May than in April.
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 café 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 café 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 seven and 10 miles.
Download the full itinerary, kit list and FAQs here.
On this trek we adhere to the Welsh Countryside Code.
Click here to view the FAQs