The Welsh 3000s
The 14 Peaks / The 15 Peaks
More extreme than the National Three Peaks Challenge, the Welsh 3000s involves climbing
all mountains in Wales over 3000 feet. Given the difficulty, the challenge is usually attempted over 24-hours, sometimes within 12-hours, and very occasionally even quicker!
Welsh 3000s Peaks
In order of height, the Welsh 3000s peaks are:
|Crib y Ddysgl
|Pen yr Ole Wen
Welsh 3000s Route
Below is the route of the Welsh 3000s. Bear in mind, this is a very approximate
map, and depending on how you like to walk and climb it can be quite variable.
Simply, all peaks marked should be reached - although some would choose not to bother
with Garnedd Uchaf, as it is little more than a bump on the ridge, but this really
should be completed as well.
The Welsh 3000s route
The walk should be started by camping at the top of Snowdon, and then starting with
the dawn sunlight descend the Snowdon peak, via Garnedd Ugain and Crib Goch - a
very exciting and potentially dangerous ridge walk.
From here you should descend to the left of Crib Goch towards the two campsites.
At this point you can meet up with a support car and swap your larger pack for a
small hydration pack, before heading to Nant Peris to climb Elidir Fawr, followed
by Y Garn, the Glyders and Tryfan. Again at the end of this stretch, you can meet
your support car, fill up with water and pick up more food.
This is then followed by the Carnedd walk, bagging Pen yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd,
Yr Elen, Carnedd Llewelyn, Foel Grach, Garnedd Uchaf and Foel-fras - the Welsh 3000s
Challenge is marked complete when you reach the marker on the peak of Foel-fras.