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The Welsh 3000 Challenge

Some very good friends of mine are planning to do the Welsh 3000 Challenge later this year, and as keen walkers, me and A invited ourselves along to one of their practice walks this weekend.

There are 15 peaks over 3000 ft (about 915m) in Snowdonia, North Wales, and the challenge is to walk up and down (or traverse) all of them within a 24 hour period.

The usual route is to start with Snowdon itself (the tallest peak at 3560ft/1085m) and then head northwards ticking off dangerous Crib Goch and difficult Tryfan before crossing the A5 road, scrambling up the seemingly endless Pen yr Ole Wen and then heading off through the undulating Carnedd range to the final peak Foel Fras.

This weekend, as 3 of our group of 5 had no intention of doing the whole thing later on in June, we opted for the easier second half and were rewarded with fantastic weather, brilliant views and an exhilarating 7 hours of pretty tough, but very enjoyable walking. This photo was taken by me from somewhere up our second peak looking back towards Tryfan, with the A5 skirting Llyn Ogwen lake below and Snowdon just visible in the distance.

Enjoyable though our day was though, I don’t think I’d be able to do the whole 15 peaks. Our “easy” walk took us just under 7 hours and I for one was glad to reach the finish. My friends are hoping to do it all in less than 16 hours, during which time they’ll walk more than 30 miles, start (and possibly finish) in darkness and if I know them, wear an increasingly bizarre range of head gear….

I wish them both well.

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