The Welsh 3000’s, June 18th 2016

The leaders of the A-team crossing the damp rocks of Crib-y-Ddysgl towards Crib Goch in the cloud below. Note the false ridge heading down left towards The Parsons Nose, no way down there without a long rope and a good anchor. Picture about 4.30am.

The leaders of the A-team crossing the damp rocks of Crib-y-Ddysgl towards Crib Goch in the cloud below. Note the false ridge heading down left towards The Parsons Nose, no way down there without a long rope and a good anchor. Picture about 4.30am.

A number of weeks back a few of the newer members of the club decided they wanted to take on the Welsh 3000’s challenge. For those that don’t know, this challenge involves scaling the 15 mountains over 3000 feet in less than 24 hours on foot.

The general way to do this challenge is to camp on Snowdon the night before, then after crossing the infamous Crib Goch ridge descend to the Llanberis pass to meet a support vehicle to take the camping equipment and provide much needed food and drink. After a short stop you climb Elidir Fawr and continue along the Glyder’s before descending to Ogwen via Tryfan to yet again meet the support car. Finally you climb Pen yr Ole Wen into the Carneddau range. You can read more here. Joe Sugden took charge of planning and we picked the weekend closest to the summer solstice and full moon to ensure the most amount of daylight.

With the help of John Sugden (Joe’s Father) and Rich Sealey (who had to be prised away from his hut duties stoking the fire) we deposited the nine brave souls undertaking the challenge at the bottom of the P-y-G track under a pall of grey sky and low cloud at 7.20pm on Friday evening.

After a damp and breezy bivi (miserable for some) they left the summit of Snowdon at 4:05am on Saturday!

Of the nine who started, one dropped out at Nant-Peris and two dropped out at Ogwen, leaving six to finish. The best time was 13.42 hrs and the last one took almost 18 hrs, pretty good considering he had done little or no training.

The weather was reasonable with light winds and a lot of cloud on the tops. The navigation was helped by the fact that most of the route was marked out for 160 Vegan runners, some of who were hoping to complete a longer route in seven or eight hours!

Thanks to Liam who waited and looked after a slow companion, unfortunately they arrived at Ogwen late in the day and this jeopardised his chances of finishing in daylight.

Commiserations to those that didn’t finish, there’s always next year.

Thanks to Bridget and Joe for some of the pictures, to Rich Sealey for helping out Friday evening and very many thanks to John Sugden for coming up and helping to ferry participants around North Wales, and keeping the timing records, much appreciated by all (especially me). Also thanks to Stan for his company and tea making.

All involved donated towards my petrol, and I am pleased to report that the extra put into the kitty totalled £70 which will be donated to Mountain Rescue.

Name Time leaving Snowden Time Arriving/Leaving Nant Peris Time Arriving/Leaving Ogwen Time Finishing Foel Fras Time start to finish
Bridget Ripley 0405 0735/0750 1320/1345 1747 13h42m
Joe Sugden 0405 0736/0821 1447/1524 2122 17h17m
Gavin Phillips 0405 0735/0821 1446/1524 2122 17h17m
Conner Agnew 0405 0740/0821 1513/1546 2122 17h17m
Dan Jackson 0405 0754/0822 1513/1546 2122 17h17m
Rob Stewart 0405 0758/0821 1543/1557 2140 17h35m
Liam Bell 0405 0737/0821 1730 (finished)
Kay Armitage 0405 0759/0822 1755 (finished)
Dave Etchells 0405 0808 (finished)
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