St David’s Hospice 40K Mountain Walk Challenge Snowdonia 40
• Training & Fundraising Guide
• Fundraising Support
• Two Nights Accommodation In Glamping Pods
• Staying At The Stunning Adventure Parc Snowdonia
• Friday Night Pasta Party
• Special Guest Speaker
• Saturday Morning Breakfast
• Gps Tracker
• Regular Aid Stations
• First Aid Support
• Bespoke Rewarding Challenge
• Snacks Pre, During & Post Event
• Event T-Shirt
• Finishers Medal
• Saturday Night Bbq
• Private Event Tipi
• Fully Stocked Bar
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St David’s Hospice is a local charity, caring for local people, providing free specialist end-of-life care to local people living with life-limiting illnesses.
Care is delivered across North West Wales at the Hospice’s Inpatient Units in Llandudno and Holyhead, Day Therapy Centres located in Llandudno and Bangor, plus through the Hospice at Homes service, plus bereavement and carers support.
Every year, the work of the Hospice touches the lives of over 1000 people within the local communities of Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.
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St David’s Hospice 40K Mountain Walk Challenge Snowdonia40 / 40kilometres
Teams of four adults
This event is not open to under 18’s
Saturday, 14th May 2022
Registration, start and finish location.
Adventure Parc Snowdonia, Conway Rd, Dolgarrog, Conwy, LL32 8QE
The route is approximately 40 kilometres across a range of terrain including public roads, mountain roads and tracks, footpaths, open moorland, mountain terrain, wet and boggy ground, woodland, farmland, uneven and rocky terrain as well as steep grass slopes and steep rocky slopes. Many areas will be slippery, especially if wet. There will be no requirement to cross open water although the route does go alongside some open water lakes. The route will have safety marshals at key points along the route as well as some directional markers, but all teams should have the ability to navigate across open moorland in cloud/poor visibility if required. Large sections of the route will be unmarked. Due to land ownership, agreements and permissions obtained, you will need to follow the designated route and not deviate. All participants will carry a GPS tracker which will show your location and route taken. This event is not a fully waymarked event and requires the ability to navigate at a basic level using a map and compass. Please see details of the map required in the clothing and equipment paragraph. You will also be provided with a map of the route when you arrive at location. There will be mandatory cut off times on the outward journey for the North Easterly Llyn Cowlyd checkpoint SH 736 635, the South Westerly Llyn Cowlyd checkpoint SH 716 609 and the Capel Curig checkpoint SH 720 581. Further details will be provided for these before the event.
The weather can be varied and range from sunshine to strong winds, low cloud, and heavy rain and even wintry showers. The event will not be cancelled due to reasonable adverse weather conditions and the clothing and equipment list reflects this. However, if the event safety team feel that participant safety may be affected then the route may be changed at short notice to reflect this and in extreme circumstances the event may be cancelled.
Timings / Event schedule:
Friday 13th May 2022
3pm onwards check in to accommodation
Saturday 14th May 2022
6.30am meet at the start line / switch on trackers / kit check / starting line up
6.45am first participants set off
7.30am all participants will have set off on event
40K route to be completed
7pm all participants to have completed event and returned to finish line
Evening BBQ & Celebrate
Sunday 15th May 2022
Clothing and equipment
- Lightweight trousers (not jeans)
- A breathable base layer.
- Warm fleece type layer
- Additional warm layer if required
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Suitable walking boots (good ankle protection) no trainers or sandal type shoes. The use of cross trainers has become more popular for these events, but our opinion is that a suitable walking boot offers more ankle protection, stability, and comfort overall. However, you may choose to use alternative footwear, but the responsibility then lies with you and not Anelu Aim Higher
- A pair of thicker socks. Thin socks are not ideal for walking boots and often cause blisters, so a slightly thicker pair is required.
- Packed lunch/food. Please ensure you have a mixed, balanced selection of food, sufficient for the walk and not just energy bars. Energy gels and bars will not sustain you for this challenge!
- Drink – water/ juice/squash
- Walking poles – optional.
- Sun cream and sun lotion – optional/weather dependent
- A bag to keep everything dry in the rucksack (can be a bin bag)
- Any personal medication
- Map of the area – DORRIGO Dinky Map Central Snowdonia 1:25000
- A rucksack of about 35 to 40 litres in size to carry it all in!
- We promote the use of reusable water bottles and the reduction of single use plastics
Random checks will be carried out at the start line to ensure individuals have the required clothing and equipment to proceed. If the event safety staff feel that any individual or team do not have the required clothing and equipment, then they will not be allowed to proceed.
Training and experience
The challenge is physically demanding and should only be attempted by fit walkers / individuals who have reasonable experience of walking over open moorland, hills and or mountains. The event must be completed within twelve hours and you should be physically able to walk at a steady pace to achieve this. Each team must have the ability to navigate to a basic level using a map and compass.
If you have had a serious illness or injury, we advise strongly that you seek medical advice prior to the event. If you have not exercised for a prolonged period, we recommend you seek medical advice prior to the event. If you are unsure then please seek professional medical advice before entering this event. We recommend that you exercise regularly prior to the event, with a gradual progression in both intensity and duration. Walking on the flat and uphill/downhill is beneficial but some hill and mountain walking is required prior to the event to improve overall endurance. You will be out walking for between 10 and 12 hours at a steady pace to complete the challenge within the timescale.
Each individual team member will carry an event GPS tracker. These must be carried for the duration of the event. Each tracker is assigned to each participant and their personal information provided at registration and must not be swapped with another person’s tracker. Each tracker must be returned to the event staff at the finish location. If your tracker is not returned or accounted for then an additional charge of £180.00 will be incurred to that individual. Your tracker will be available to monitor on a designated website link.
These will be provided at registration and must be worn by all participants for the duration of the event. Each bib is assigned to each participant and their personal information provided at registration and must not be swapped with another person’s bib.
Event safety team
There will be event safety marshals at key points along the route. All are qualified, experienced, and insured. They will also hold a relevant First Aid qualification. They are there to assist and encourage you. However, they may advise someone to retire from the event for various reasons or to change the route due to unforeseen circumstances. If this does happen then please respect their decision and follow their instructions. There is medical cover both on the route and at roadside locations. There is an excellent safety team looking after you and they will provide support and encouragement to all. The event team will have radio and mobile communication throughout.
Actions on becoming misplaced / unsure of location
In the unlikely event that your team or any individual becomes unsure of their location then stop immediately and reassess your situation. Retrace your steps to your last known location if it is safe to do so and then continue along the designated route. If you are unable to retrace your steps and continue your journey, then stop and try to contact the event safety team. These will be provided prior to the event, at the check in desk on Friday and at the check in desk before starting the event on Saturday. Please take note of these.
If you are unable to contact anyone or have no mobile phone signal then please stay where you are if it is safe to do so, stay warm and use your whistle to attract attention. The event safety team will be sweeping up behind the last participants and will be actively checking to ensure that no one is left behind. The GPS trackers are an excellent resource but as with all technology they cannot be relied on as a primary method of safety.
Medical and consent information
All participants will need to disclose any relevant medical information or illnesses they have or that may compromise not only their safety but also the safety of others. Typical information includes allergies, the carrying of medical equipment or medication in relation to an illness or allergy, recent ill health, speech, hearing or visual limitations and any recent serious discomfort. Disclosing this information does not mean you are not able to participate, it means the event safety team are better prepared to look after you if an unlikely medical incident occurs.
Dealing with emergency situations in a mountain environment is much more serious than in conventional settings. Please help us by disclosing any relevant information and you are welcome to contact the event team if you have any concerns. You agree to receive medication as appropriate, and any emergency medical or surgical treatment as considered necessary by the relevant medical authorities.
Hill and mountain walking are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement. We recommend that individuals take out suitable insurance to cover them for the activities they undertake and any cancellation which may arise. You agree to adhere to any instructions and/or guidance given by the event safety staff on the day and to behave in a responsible manner. You give full permission for event staff to take reasonable photographs during the activity. You understand that these pictures may be used in local press and on social media for publicity purposes.
Due to the nature of the terrain, you will be crossing and the duration, there is no opportunity for children, pets, or animals to be part of this event.
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