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Snowdon Sunrise Trek

Event details

July 6, 2024

Snowdonia

The trek begins on 7th July at around 2am. We advise that you arrive at Mount Snowdon in the afternoon/evening of the 6th July.

Fundraising Target: £250 

Difficulty: Medium

50 Resistration Fee

Mount Snowdon is a popular summit trek by day-time, it forms a real challenge by night. 

Standing at the summit by moonlight will be an unforgettable experience, as will seeing the sunrise from the mountain slopes as we descend. Witnessing the spectacular landscapes opening up before you as the day grows lighter is a magical and unique experience. 

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. If you are moderately fit, climbing Snowdon is definitely within your reach. Although Snowdon is one of the highest mountains in the UK, it is probably the friendliest for the novice walker to ascend. 

Join us for this extraordinary challenge and raise vital funds to support terminally ill children and their families at the same time. This is a bespoke trek guided by Sky Blue Adventures.

Charity Trek Overview

The trek begins on 7th July at around 2am. We advise that you arrive at Mount Snowdon in the afternoon/evening of the 6th July.

Trek Duration: 6 Hours
Distance: 9 miles – 14.5Km (there & back)
Ascent: 3,199 feet – 975 metres

Start/Finish:  Snowdon Mountain Railway Station

Cost

By accepting this challenge, you take on the responsibility of meeting a fundraising target of £250 – a vital contribution that will make a real difference in the lives of terminally ill children.

Secure your spot by paying a registration fee of £50.

What is included?
  • A Helen & Douglas House technical t-shirt 
  • Fundraising support and resources
  • Training tips 
  • Mountain Guides – Qualified mountain guides with first aid qualifications to lead you on the challenge 
  • Completion certificate and medal 
What is not included?
  • Travel costs to start/finish location 
  • Personal trekking equipment 
  • Alcoholic and energy drinks 
  • Bottled and boiled water 
  • Personal snacks 
    Who are Sky Blue Adventures?

    Sky Blue Adventures are a trekking supplier who will be leading the trek on the day. 

    Sky Blue Adventures started in 2012 and provides world-class, authentic outdoor experiences and training. They provide enriching experiences that are safe, adventurous, accessible and inspiring. They are a small but talented team of passionate mountain professionals with a wide range of skills and experience ready to guide you on your next adventure.  

    Paul is the owner of Sky Blue Adventures. Paul is an experienced mountaineer who holds the UK Summer Mountain Leader Award. At present, Paul is also an Aspirant International Mountain Leader and began the training scheme in 2017. 

     

    FAQs

    You will benefit from a bespoke and personalised service from Helen & Douglas House Community and Events Team. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the event, and provide optional training plans to support your preparation for the trek. You will also be offered an online pre-event briefing to help you understand how the event will run.

    You will be accompanied by qualified UK mountain leaders on this trek. They have a wealth of knowledge about the environments they work in and often live local to the area. The Leader/s are friendly and empathetic to each client’s needs, ensuring that every client has the best possible experience they can. All leaders are outdoor 16-hour first aid qualified and hold the relevant public liability insurance to work on treks throughout the UK. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the event and the safety of your group.

    The minimum group size for this trek is 5 persons.

    Our trekking partner, Sky Blue Adventures recommends the following kit for the challenge: 

    • Rucksack – about 35 litres 
    • Boots (with ankle support and soles which will grip on rock, grass and mud) 
    • Waterproof jacket (with hood) 
    • Waterproof over trousers 
    • General trekking trousers (not jeans or cotton material) 
    • Thermal top 
    • Fleece top 
    • Gaiters (not always essential) 
    • Warm hat  
    • Gloves or mitts 
    • Spare layer e.g. fleece top 
    • Torch (preferably a head torch) 
    • Food & Drink 
    • Emergency survival bag (polythene is OK) and Group Shelter 
    • Whistle 
    • First Aid Kit (small) 
    • Mobile phone  
    • Sunhat 
    • Sun cream 
    • Sunglasses 

      Sky Blue Adventures’ whole ethos is based on providing a safe and accessible event to all participants. They take health and safety very seriously and have a robust Safety Management System in place. This includes risk assessments, emergency procedures policy, radio communications and the support of an industry-leading adventure and crisis incident management company.

      The minimum age limit for this event is 14 years old. All persons under 18 will be required to be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.

      No transport is included within this trek, participants will be responsible for their own transport arrangements. 

      No food will be provided during this challenge. Participants will be responsible for providing their own food and water (at least 2-3 litres per person). There will be no opportunity to refill water during the trek. 

      Please note that Hafod Eryri – the summit building – will not be open at the time of this sunrise experience.

      The event is graded as ‘Medium’ and preparation is key to help you enjoy this challenge. The trek is unique experience and provides a great introduction to mountain walking and night hiking. A good level of fitness is required and will help you enjoy the experience more. A training programme is provided as part of the event sign up.

      A bespoke training plan with a three-month timetable is provided to help you prepare for this event.

      The Snowdon sunrise trek is an accessible event, and Sky Blue Adventures pride themselves on ensuring all participants have an enjoyable time. Each team will consist of one mountain leader with up to 10 clients. The leader will ensure that all clients are well cared for and will always be on hand to provide advice and assistance where required.

      The weather is rapidly changeable in the UK mountains and it is important that you are adequately prepared for all seasons even during the summer. All events are weather dependent and it is possible the event could be postponed either prior to or during the trek if the weather conditions made it unsafe to continue. This decision will be made on the ground by the mountain leaders. We also use the www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/specialist-forecasts/ mountain for specific events.

      An Enthuse fundraising page was set up for you upon registration.   

      You can edit your fundraising page to personalise your fundraising target, profile photo, banner image, or content so your supporters know exactly who they’re donating to and how much the donation means to you.  

      • To find your fundraising page, click on ‘View your fundraising page’ in the second email you got after registering OR  
      • head to the Enthuse event page and at the top-right-hand corner click the hamburger menu -> Login 
      • Then, use your email address and the Order Number you received in your receipt email after registering.  
      • If you can’t find your order number, just email events@helenanddouglas.org.uk and we can send it to you. 
      • This will take you to your dashboard. Select ‘View Fundraising Page’. 
      • You can then share this with your friends or family. 
      • Finally, you can click on Edit profile pic / Edit background / Edit display name / Edit story / Edit target to make any changes you’d like to your page. 

       

      Any money raised on your online fundraising form, which is created for you automatically on registration, will come to us without you doing anything. 

      If you have cash sponsorship to pay in: 

      • You can send us a cheque (payable to Helen & Douglas House) to Events at Helen & Douglas House, 14a Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RW 
      • You can donate by credit or debit card over the phone by calling 01865 794749 
      • You can do a bank transfer – Account Number: 84326735; Bank Sort Code: 60-70-03 
      • You can take your sponsorship money to any one of our shops. Please make sure you put in an envelope addressed to Fundraising with your name and the name of the event on it. 
      • Or you can donate online via our website. 

      In all cases, please remember to include your name and the name of the event, Snowdon Sunrise Trek.

       

      Parking is available at Llanberis Community Centre – £8 Pay and Display 

      Parking Directions:Llanberis Community Centre car park 

      Post Code: LL55 4UR

      A previous Snowdon Sunrise trekker

      “What an amazing challenge to be part of, brilliant. Very tough but so worth it. Great organisation and guides.”

      A Snowdon Sunrise trekker from 2023

      “It was the most amazing and painful experience! I loved it even if I did think I could cry once or twice. I have to say the company that took us up were beyond exceptional. They were organised, clear and direct but also incredibly patient and supportive with all of us.  They really did make the experience even more special.”

      Make memories while making a difference

      Helen & Douglas House has been caring for local terminally ill children and their families since 1982. We help children and their families at our hospice, at home and in hospital with respite stays, pain relief, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support.

      Contact us

      Find out more about the Snowdon Sunrise trek by getting in touch with our Events Team at events@helenanddouglas.org.uk.

      Make a donation

      We need to raise over £3 million each year to care for local terminally ill children at the hospice and at home.

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