THE WELSH 3000s CHALLENGE
The Welsh 3000s Challenge is a classic of the UK and of Snowdonia National Park. In order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge, you will be required to summit all 15 of the mountains over 3000ft in Wales This is one of the hardest UK mountain challenges, and in order to undertake it you should be of a high fitness level and be happy on rough ground moving quickly.
We run this challenge as a 24 hour challenge, over a two period or as a three day event.
NEXT WELSH 3000s CHALLENGE DATES:
1st – 3rd May 2021
There will be a 24 hour event, a two day event and a Snowdonia 10 Peak to pick from – See below for details
Other dates available on request.
The length of the Welsh 3000s is about 26 miles, but the walk to the start point and down from the finish point takes it to 32 miles (52 km) in total. The walk is also known as ‘The 14 Peaks’ (although there are officially 15 peaks, or possibly 16). There is more information about the challenge here and here.
Make no mistake, the Welsh 3000s Challenge is a big undertaking. You need to be fit for the mountains and be happy on grade 1 scrambles. We’ll have a minimum of two mountain guides helping you on this challenge, and we’ll all have radios to enable people to withdraw from the challenge or miss a peak if needed. The Welsh 3000s guides will carry mountain essentials such as a group shelters and rope, and are prepared for any eventuality.
If you are thinking of completing this challenge in a 24 hour period then we recommend running/walking in trainers. If you are completing this challenge over a two or three day period then you can use walking boots if you’d prefer.
This is a difficult challenge on technical ground. Another option is the Snowdonia 10 Peak Challenge which is 10 km shorter and doesn’t involve any scrambling.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY
All of the guides were extremely supportive and had the groups best interest at the forefront of everything we did, they were also very knowledgeable about the mountains and what lay ahead of us. This is the first time we have used Dave but definitely not the last!
Highly recommended 🙂 Dave was a great guide, super fun and a good photographer too, capturing all the best bits of our expedition.
Just completed a 10 peak Brecon Beacons adventure with Dave and his team and had a great experience. Feeling it now, it’s was a great challenge and superbly organised! Would recommend, a very professional outfit.
What an epic day. Dave gave us an amazing day on Wintours leap. We covered more than I could have hoped. Dave understood exactly what our objectives of the day were, excellent value for money. Dave was the most professional, and clearly knew his stuff. I’d definitely look to Dave for guiding in the alps, Scotland, wales or elsewhere. Thanks Dave for an excellent day
Awesome adventure!! I went on the Mount Toubkal trek and cannot recommend it enough! Did 4 peaks in 2 days with Dave and the group. Him and Robyn Taught us how to use crampons and ice axes at the start and continually offered guidance where necessary. A great mix of a fun holiday and a challenging adventure!!
Dave is an excellent guide with a deep knowledge of the mountains. He not only helped us reach the 4 x 4000m peaks that we wanted, but did so whilst keeping a huge smile on everyone’s face. I would happily go on any of Dave’s trips again and would recommend him to anyone who is interested in a trip out to the Atlas mountains or any climbing excursion.
Brilliant trek across the Brecon Beacons 10 Peak Challenge. Excellent organisation, really friendly, supportive and knowledgeable guides. Perfect group size and challenging but steady pace… what’s not to like? Highly recommend!
Thank you to all of you for putting on such a great well organised event. The Malvern trail half was a wild incredible adventure. All the organisers were brilliant and a special thank you to the man collecting the flags in , he really motivated us and made it a more enjoyable experience. Breathtaking views and a very emotional experience. The hardest and best half I have ever done. Thanks very highly recommend.
Dave’s our “guide for life”. He’s brought us up and down mount toubkal, we have plans for elbrus, he does local bristol climbing on the avon gorge, welsh 3000s, trail marathons. If you want to have steady fun, get hooked up with his group.
Dave and Robyn guided a group of us to four 4000+m peaks in the Atlas Mountains, including Toubkal – the highest in North Africa. They were always full of energy and continually kept the team motivated. You were never in doubt that they were fully prepared for all eventualities, using ropes when required and even having a foam roller for those of us with tight muscles!
On top of this, they were always teaching us important mountain skills, with demonstrations and giving everyone the chance to practice these skills in a safe and fun but relevant environment. Without a doubt my favorite adventure holiday of the year – i’m already looking to book another one with Dave in the New year!
Accommodation – We stay at the beautiful Helyg bunkhouse, in the heart of the Ogwen Valley with superb views of Tryfan. Helyg is steeped in the history of British climbing; it was the first climbing hut in the UK. It was used as a base by the pioneers of British climbing in the 1920s for their early ascents, particularly on Lliwedd and Tryfan. Later, it was used as a training base for the 1953 Everest expedition. More details can be found on the Climber’s Club website here.
Transport – Mini bus transport is provided to the challenge start and back to the hut each day. This means you can leave your vehicle at the hut parking all weekend and just enjoy the hiking, without having to worry about the logistics.
Mountain Guides – You’ll get our expert mountain guidance across the Welsh 3000s over two days. Dave Talbot’s instructional team are experienced mountain professionals and will safely guide you throughout the challenge. Meet the team.
Challenge Support – We’ll have a minimum of two mountain guides working on the event. All teams members have radios to stay in contact, should you want to withdraw from the challenge or miss a summit. Having two mountain guides allows for different paces within the group.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Food – You will need to provide your own food for this trip. As you will be doing a large amount of exercise each day, you will require plenty of food. There is a very well equipped kitchen in the bunkhouse that we are staying at.
Equipment – You will need to bring a mountain rucksack each, waterproof jacket and trousers, warm clothes (including hat and gloves), a head torch (plus spare batteries) and personal medication.
Spending money – You will need to bring a little bit of spending money should you wish to purchase some drinks.
- Snowdon – 3559 ft (1,085 m)
- Crib y Ddysgl – 3494 ft (1,065 m)
- Crib Goch – 3028 ft (923 m)
- Elidir Fawr – 3031 ft (924 m)
- Y Garn – 3106 ft (947 m)
- Glyder Fawr – 3284 ft (1,001 m)
- Castell y Gwynt – 3188 ft (972 m) — if included
- Glyder Fach – 3261 ft (994 m)
- Tryfan – 3011 ft (918 m)
- Pen yr Ole Wen – 3208 ft (978 m)
- Carnedd Dafydd – 3425 ft (1,044 m)
- Carnedd Llewelyn – 3490 ft (1,064 m)
- Yr Elen – 3156 ft (962 m)
- Foel Grach – 3202 ft (976 m)
- Garnedd Uchaf – 3038 ft (926 m)
- Foel-fras – 3090 ft (942 m)
This is the route we use on the Welsh 3000s Challenge. It’s 51 km long and has 4000 meters of ascent and descent. The route involves some classic scrambles, such as the famous Crib Goch ridge. Crib Goch is a grade 1 scramble with some exposed situations. Other mountain scramble sections include the the south ridge of Tryfan, the Glyder section and the scramble up to Pen yr Ole Wen.Your mountain guides will carry a small rope and appropriate equipment for the mountain conditions.
We expect participants on the 24 hour and two day challenge to have good mountain fitness and experience in the mountains. If this challenge is run over a 3 day period then this can be completed by most reasonably fit individuals.
We can send you out the GPX files of the route on request.