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Welsh 3000s Hiking Challenge Preparation

The Welsh 3000s is a 24hr endurance hike, where you must summit every 3000ft peak in Snowdonia. Covering 30 miles and hiking 15 peaks with an estimate of 13,000ft of ascent, this challenge is not to be taken lightly and preparation is key if you'd like to complete it. At the start of 2019, Morgan and Dan from the Millets online team decided to take on this challenge and have been putting in the hours training for the event. With their attempt not too far away, we caught up with them to see how they are getting on with training for the hike and ask their advice on what you need to do to prepare for an event like the Welsh 3000s. Fancy challenging yourself? There's guys say go for it!

Tryfan, Snowdonia

Prior to the deciding, you wanted to do the Welsh 3000s challenge, what was your level of fitness?

Dan - In terms of endurance, I feel confident in my legs and lungs to hold up for the duration of the challenge. My only concern would be keeping on top of my energy and hydration levels.

Morgan – Having come from a climbing background I have experience in the mountains and climbing; however this sport does involve short bursts of strength and endurance before resting. This has meant that my cardio and hill fitness is yet to be at the standard needed for the hike.

What training have you been doing?

Dan - I’ve been doing long days in the mountains for quite a few years now across England, Wales and Scotland. In addition to this, I’m a keen runner averaging around 40km with 1000ft of ascent most weeks. 

Morgan – I have started cycling to work instead of driving to increase my cardio, with a couple of 5km and 10km runs to get used to being on the move for long periods of time. In preparation for the Welsh 3000s, i'm breaking the stages down into legs and going out on the hills regularly to increase my hill fitness whilst also gaining a greater understanding of the route. I hope that this will eliminate errors and time spent map reading. The welsh3000s.co.uk has links to training routes you can do before hand which I would highly recommend.

When are you going to attempt the Welsh 3000s and why?

We are going to attempt it at the end of June because it will give us the most daylight possible, and means the temperature won't be too hot.  

What new things have you had to learn in preparation for the hike?

Dan - I have strengthened my map reading skills but more importantly I feel that I’ve adapted my mindset to push through the hard times and endure better for longer.

Morgan – During my preparation in have learned useful map and compass skills and about nutrition, understanding what I need to consume before and during the hike so I can perform at my best.

What made you want to attempt the Welsh 3000s?

Dan - I love being in the mountains and an opportunity to spend more time with friends, with a sense of achievement following that made perfect sense.

Morgan – I have always set climbing goals and decided I wanted to change what I trained for and achieve something that was out of my comfort zone. This is also a challenge that I can enjoy in a team of my friends, working together for same goal.

The Glyders, Snowdonia

Kit List

  • Wicking T-shirt
  • Hiking Shorts or Trousers (weather dependent)
  • Hat
  • Trail Shoes or Hiking Boots (You want to wear what feels comfortable to you)
  • Light layer (windproof)
  • Insulated layer
  • Map
  • Compass
  • 1.5L of water
  • Food – Carbs/Sugars/Protein/Salt
  • Daysack 20L+ 

We'll catch up with Dan and Morgan after the challenge to find out how it went, understand more about the gear they used and see what they learned along the way. We wish them both the best of luck!

Pen Yr Ole Wen, Snowdonia

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