Extreme treks close to home for hardcore mountain hikers.

If you’re fighting fit and looking for a challenge this summer why not embark on the Welsh 3000s Challenge, Snowdon? Not for the fainthearted or for those who just like to stroll, this is an extreme trek that requires training but offers many rewards, not least a constant awe-inspiring view!

The distance is a ‘mere’ 24 miles starting from the summit of Snowdon and finishing at Foel Fras but in order to complete the Welsh 3000s Challenge you must have been at the top of all 15 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours, using only your own two feet! The fellrunner’s record stands at an amazing 4 hours 20 minutes, but even experienced mountain walkers need those 24 hours!

Expert advice is to get to the top of Snowdon the night before so you can hit the peak trail early the following morning. There’s no official walk date but it’s a walk to be done in summer when the days are longer and weather conditions less hostile. Don’t underestimate the walk. It’s rocky, highly demanding, and one mountain, Crib Goch, is very exposed and a slip potentially fatal. Organise support along the route with soup etc. They can then wait at the finish with some liquid form of celebration for having risen to the challenge!

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