Mountain Training in Snowdonia

Mountain Training in Snowdonia

Whether you are planning a trekking trip to Nepal, climbing Kilimanjaro, or perhaps attempting a UK-based challenge such as the 3 Peaks Challenge or Welsh 3000s, it’s essential to ensure that you are well-prepared and in suitable physical condition.

In our experience, many people underestimate the fitness levels needed to participate in mountain-based events.

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Note – The group size for this trip is 5 – 14 people

Who suits this trip

This is a fairly tough mountain day and isn’t suitable for anyone who hasn’t previously set foot on mountain terrain.

Who suits this trip

For groups of 5 or more we are able to run mountain training events in other locations including the Lake District and the Peak District. We can also run trips on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please contact us to discuss your needs.


For groups of 5 or more we are able to run mountain training events in other locations including the Lake District and the Peak District. We can also run trips on weekdays and weekends other than those listed. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Why Attend a Mountain Training Day?

There is a saying in mountaineering that the best way to prepare for climbing a mountain is to climb a mountain. While training in a gym, or going for long walks on the flat is good for developing base fitness, there is no replacement for spending several hours on terrain similar to what you will encounter during an event.  A summary of the benefits of attending a mountain training day has been listed below:

It will give you an opportunity to select and test out your equipment.  This is particularly important with footwear – while you may have no problems with your boots when walking for several hours on flat terrain, blisters can quickly appear when trekking up and down steep terrain.

You will be able to fine-tune your nutrition and hydration strategy.  This is extremely important for endurance events.  You will also have the opportunity to discuss this in more detail with your Group Leader who will be able to advise you on the optimum approach.

You will be trekking on steep terrain for between 5-7 hours. This is not really possible to replicate in a gym.

People frequently overestimate their fitness levels.  Mountain training days will give you (and your leader) the opportunity to objectively assess exactly where you are.  By knowing this well in advance, you can then implement a training program that will ensure you are sufficiently prepared for whatever it is you’ve set your mind on.

Hints and tips. We will show you how to save time and improve efficiency when on the mountains.

Excellent preparation for a team event. If you are preparing for a team challenge, mountain training days are an excellent way of building the team and give you experience in working alongside your fellow team members.

They are a fantastic day out. Keep in mind you will be training in some of the most beautiful areas of the British Isles.

2 Days in The Snowdonia National Park

On the first day, you will complete the hike described in the 1 day trip. We will then drive to our B&B and enjoy a well-deserved dinner and a good night’s rest. Day 2 will commence at 8.00am with a drive to Pont Bethania Car Park (LL55 4NR) ready for a group briefing at 9:00am. We’ll then climb Snowdon via the toughest and arguably the most beautiful route; up the Watkin Path.  Because of the navigational challenges and difficult terrain, this is a route for experienced hill walkers only and as such is usually much quieter than other routes up Wales’ highest peak.  The day will end with a debrief at 3.00pm.

Included in our 2 day training event

  • Pick-up en route between Maidenhead and the event location
  • Safety Briefing
  • Packed lunch for both days
  • Tea & Coffee on the mountain
  • Fully qualified first-aid trained Mountain Leader
  • Guidance on nutrition & hydration in the mountains (Qualified Sports Nutritionist)
  • Advice on training for mountains when you’re away from mountains (Qualified Personal Trainer)
  • Advice on outdoor clothing & equipment
  • Basic navigation instruction
  • Emergency equipment & procedures
  • 6-7 hours of mountain walking
  • B&B on Saturday night – twin room (£20 single room supplement)
  • 15% Cotswold Outdoors Discount Voucher)
  • Drop off after the event en route between the course location and Maidenhead

Not Included in the 2 day event

  • Evening Dinner

Travel & Logistics

For 2 day events, our package includes transport.  We would be delighted to pick you up in our comfortable vehicle en route between maidenhead and the event location.  We encourage you to take advantage of this service – both from a cost and environmental perspective.  Alternatively, you can meet your Mountain Leader at the start of the event – full details (with directions & parking information) will be communicated in advance of the event.

Travel to Snowdonia

Depart Maidenhead:  5.30am
Arrival Snowdonia:  9.30am

The Route we will be taking

M40 High Wycombe to M42 (Junction 4-15)
M42 Junction (Junction 4 to 6)
M6 Junction (Junction 4 to 10)
M54 (Junction 1 to 7)
A5 Shrewsbury to Betws y coed

Suggested locations

  • M40 Oxford Services  (Junction 8A)  (OX33 1JN)
  • M40 Cherwell Valley Services  (Junction 10)  (OX27 7RD)
  • M40 Warwick Services Northbound  (Junction 12-13)  (CV35 0AA)
  • M6 Hilton Park Services  (Junction 10A-11)  (WV11 2AT)
  • M54 Telford Services  (Junction 4)  (TF11 8TG)

Note:  If you would like us to collect you from an alternative location, please contact us to discuss options.

Equipment List

  • Map – This day is a great opportunity to focus on your nav skills
  • Compass
  • Gloves
  • Warm Hat (covering ears)
  • Warm top (2nd fleece would be ideal)
  • Quality Waterproofs (Jacket & Trousers)
  • Backpack (35 – 40 Litres) Do ensure your equipment is in a waterproof bag
  • Mobile phone (in waterproof case)
  • Blister plasters (suggest Compeed)
  • Personal First Aid kit (Your Leader will carry a Master First Aid kit)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle (1.5-2Litres)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Optional: GPS
  • Optional: Walking poles

Equipment to be worn on the hill

  • Walking boots & socks
  • Walking trousers – no jeans
  • Base Layer (T-shirt or long-sleeved top – not cotton)
  • Sports top or fleece (not cotton)
  • Windproof jacket

Stuff to leave in the van

  • Change of clothes

Maps that cover the Snowdonia National Park

OS 1:25K Explorer Series OL 17 (Snowdon & Conwy Valley)
OS 1:50k Landranger Series 115 Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa

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