British Mont Blanc — Hiking Endurance Weekend
May 10th to 12th. Snowdonia, North Wales
Individual price: £235
The British Mont Blanc is an ideal way to assess your current fitness levels in great company, surrounded by spectacular mountain views. This challenging route takes you up several of Snowdonia National Park’s tallest peaks, covering the same altitude gain as the ascent of Mont Blanc’s notorious Gouter route.
Trekkers will arrive on the Friday night, at the comfy The Rocks at Plas Curig Hostel. After an early breakfast at the Moel Siabod café (or trekkers can cook their own breakfast in the hostel kitchen) the trek will begin at 8am. After roughly 10 hours of hiking — covering just over 1800 metres of ascent and 24 kilometres distance — we will return to the hostel around 6pm, before heading to a local Welsh pub for dinner. The final 740 metres of ascent will be completed on Sunday morning, after another 8am start from the Moel Siabod café.
Trekkers should not attempt this challenge without some experience of steep hiking, however this is also a good chance to push yourself and take your fitness and physical preparation one step closer to Your Great Adventure. The British Mont Blanc is a serious mountain training weekend in Snowdonia which should not be attempted without some prior training — to take part in this Turn Wild event you should be capable of running five kilometres in at least 30 minutes. Suggested training routines can be found be found at Turn Wild Training.
Getting there and getting home
The address of the Rocks hostel is Plas Curig, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales (LL24 0EL). The hostel car park has limited space for drivers, if the car park is full there is more space across the road. Those coming by train should travel to Bangor or Betws-y-Coed station and get a bus or taxi. London travellers will find it easier to go to Bangor station and get a pre-booked taxi (roughly £40) to the hostel. The Rocks is a five-star walker’s hostel with small, four-person dorm rooms and an abundance of clean sheets and blankets. Most dorms are single sex however some may be mixed.
What to bring
Rucksack — with up to 15 litres worth of empty plastic bottles if you want to try walking with pack weights
At least two litres of drinking water
High energy snacks and a hiking lunch for Saturday
Sensible hiking clothes
Sun cream and sun hat
Hiking boots and thick socks (pack weights may cause blisters)
Personal first aid kit (plus medications if required)
Money for travel and meals in the café/pub
Towel (sheets and bedding are provided by the hostel)
What is included
A professionally-led and guided hike for the two days of the challenge on May 11th and 12th
A five-star hostel (shared bunk bed, small dormitory) for two nights May 10th and 11th in the Snowdonia area of Wales
A British Mont Blanc commemorative t-shirt
A dehydrated expedition meal on arrival on Friday May 10th
What is not included
Travel to and from the venue
Food and drinks on the social night
Breakfasts and snacks (the hostel has kitchen facilities you can use and there is a good café very close by)
Any additional travel and hotel costs incurred in the event of an emergency
Any additional equipment needed
Towels at the accommodation (though they can be hired for a small fee)
Your personal mountain equipment