Welsh 3000

I’ve been talking about The Welsh 3000 for over a year now and I think July 2016 is about the right time I got this one in the bag.

So what is the “Welsh 3000”?

The Welsh 3000s Challenge or “14 Peaks Challenge” requires that you have been to the top of all 14 of the mountains over 3000 ft in Wales within the space of 24 hours, without using any form of transport.

The length is about 24 miles, but the walks to the start point and down from the finish point can take it to over 30 miles in total.

How difficult is it?

You don’t need to be a fell runner. Many people walk this. But it is certainly not to be underestimated!

It is an extremely tough tough challenge, and is a big step up from something like the “National Three Peaks Challenge” and the “Welsh 500”, which some of you have done.

It’s only suitable for very fit and experienced mountain walkers. It’s very rocky, and both uphill and downhill sections are demanding.

Crib Goch Garry SmithThere are places on the challenge where a simple slip would have serious consequences! Crib Goch (pictured right) is very exposed and probably the most obvious example of steep ground where scrambling is called for, but Tryfan and Pen Yr Ole Wen have scrambling ground too.

Mountain Rescue teams will confirm that fatigue is a major factor in many mountain accidents. When tired it is much easier to make a mistake in scrambling or navigation. In many sections of the traverse there is no mobile telephone reception.

Navigation can also be problematic without previous knowledge of this area of Snowdonia. Therefore we will aim to visit Snowdonia in April and crack three of the mountains as a trial run. This will give us all experience of

Again, this challenge is often underestimated -you should be able to walk up to 9 or 10hrs per day up and down hill carrying kit to complete this challenge!

The trip is planned for 23rd/24th July (2016). Yes I know it’s a long way off but I want everyone who would like to do this challenge to be fully prepared for this challenge as it’s not for the faint hearted.

For those who are interested, we would be doing the Welsh 3000 Challenge over two days.

We would drive to Wales on the Friday afternoon and set off up the first mountain early on the Saturday morning. We would most likely do half the challenge on the Saturday, stay in a B & B on the Saturday night and finish the Welsh 3000 on the Sunday evening.

If you are interested in taking part in this challenge then YOU would need to be very proactive in getting out and doing plenty of long hilly walks between now and then. Either on your own or with others doing the challenge. Of course I’ll do as many walks as I can between seeing the kids and college weekends.


Kit List:

Base Layer Top: Should be non-cotton and have ‘wicking’ properties to help keep you dry and comfortable.

Fleece Top Mid-weight fleece Fleece Jacket/ Windstopper: Thick fleece for during rest periods or when it gets really cold – it is necessary for you to bring two fleece tops (one lighter, one thicker).

Waterproof & Breathable Jacket: This should have a waterproof membrane (eg. gore-tex etc) and a hood.

Lightweight Walking Trousers: Comfy and not too long (not jeans)

Zip-Off Walking Trousers or Shorts: These are great during warm spells, they convert into shorts in seconds, or if its really hot, just wear the shorts.

Waterproof & Breathable Over Trousers: These are in addition to your walking trousers and should have a waterproof membrane (eg. gore-tex etc).

Thick Walking Socks: Try out those which suit you best. I swear by ‘1000 mile socks’

Boots: General hill walking boot with good ankle support and fitted with a good sole unit for extra grip. Make sure they are ‘worn in’.

Thick Waterproof Gloves/Mitts: These will protect your hands from cold winds on the summits.

Warm Hat: We lose most of our body heat through our heads – a must.

Sun Hat: Either a wide brimmed hat or cap with extension flap or baseball cap with a buff or collared shirt to cover your neck.

Buff: Super versatile and weights almost nothing. Converts from a scarf to a hat and back in no time.

Rucksack: 25-35 litre with a waist belt.

Rucksack Liner: Industrial strength bin liners to pack gear into as rucksacks aren’t waterproof!

Sun Glasses: For those good days – because the mountain sun can be really strong.

Sun Screen: At least Factor 20.

Lip Protector: Preferably with sun screen.

Emergency Survival Blanket: Aluminium blanket/bag.

Personal Medication and First Aid: Any prescription medicines you need and a small personal first aid kit. Compeed Plasters bring welcome relief to blistered feet.

Whistle: To attract attention if you’re lost (not normally part of the plan ;).

Water Bottle: At least 1 Litre. You will drink more like 2-3 litres on a hot day. Any secure, lightweight container suitable for drinking is fine however ‘bladders’ (drinking containers in your rucksack with a tube running to the front) are very good.

Vacuum Flask: Filled with a hot drink.

Personal Favourite Snacks: Easy to eat Snacks, Chocolate, Energy Bars, fruit, nuts, etc.