Project:
SUBTERRANEAN SNOWDON

Project:
SUBTERRANEAN
SNOWDON

PROJECT: SUBTERRANEAN SNOWDON


Forget Ben Nevis. We present to you the largest vertical ascent variable of any mountain journey in Britain – and one hell of an adventure above and below ground.

Special permission has been obtained for an extraordinary Project: Explore outing and a true World-first format. Our Subterranean sojourn will rack up 4500ft of ascent as you make your way from the bowels of Wales’ ancient slate caverns, out into daylight and onto Snowdon to bag the high point of Wales.  We will use bikes to connect from the mine to the mountain and make the journey an authentic human-powered endeavour throughout. This is a very long day but oh so worth it.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– When was the last time you went 1/2 mile underground??
– Largest-ever vertical height gain from a point to point route anywhere in Britain
– Abseil a waterfall on the way down the mountain
– A true ‘first’

 

Friday 26th April
It is recommended to stay somewhere in the Llanberis area as we have an early start tomorrow!

Saturday 27th April 
Meet at 0600 at Parc Padarn car park, Llanberis. After an introductory meet and greet and safety briefing, you will be driven to the entry point for the mine. It’s then time to gear up and head underground to start this surreal adventure! You may leave spare clothes, possessions and valuables in the team transport vehicle and will be able to access these items when you come up for air from down below!

The adventure will depart underground and you will then return to the vehicle for a quick re-boot before departing on the mountain section.

Upon returning from summiting the mountain, the team transport will deposit you back at Parc Padarn. Whilst fully optional, the team leader will suggest a good local pub to congregate in that evening to share some celebratory tales over a beer or two. First round is on us!

Rat Race will provide:

  • Professional guide leadership and support: This challenge is led by a group leader, who will be with you at all stages of the Challenge. Please note, this is not a race and is a small group adventure to achieve a stunning shared objective.
  • Vehicle support for the team, including limited ‘pit stop’ food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details. In general, this provision is to augment your own food and beverages however and you should plan to bring those foods and drinks what works for you for a full day in the outdoors.
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. They won’t work underground of course! It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your progress as you ascent the hill, should you wish to share.
  • Specialist safety equipment: We will provide everything you need for being underground, except head-torch, footwear and general outdoor clothing; see below. We will also provide communal mountain safety equipment such as group shelter.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, general outdoor clothing including base layers and mid layers, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams) plus a small day pack for spare clothes, safety equipment and food/ bev. A towel and a change of clothes for the activity is also recommended in case of wet weather and wet conditions underground. This can be kept in the team vehicle and does not need to be carried on the Challenge.  Given the team will be travelling together in a vehicle to and from the accommodation, we would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) for spare clothes and personal effects, instead of a suitcase, for comfort and safety of the team when in transit. We will also insist that you provide a good quality head-torch for use underground. Please ensure it has new batteries.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 6/10 and Endurance rating 10/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 6/10
This is a challenge that does not require specialist skill but you should expect some unusual locations, hence a degree of experience in the outdoors is advised. No caving experience is required but you will be required to move in an environment that may involve being harnessed together or attached to ropes. All elements of these measures will be explained to you and overseen by a highly professional guide.

Endurance rating 10/10
This is a very long day out with a early start and a late finish and pretty much consistent travel on foot for the full duration. The team will travel together as a group and we will travel at the pace of the slowest team member, as this is a group exercise that we will start and finish together.  The pace will be consistently rapid in order for us to achieve the objective and will be akin to a ‘spritely’ hike in a mountain environment. You should come prepared for a very big hill day, half of which is underground, basically!

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle* which you will access after the Mine stage and before the Hill stage
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub in Llanberis to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast prior to departure
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks after the trip, except 1 complimentary one that we will provide

* Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. We would advise in all cases that you augment this provision with your own foodstuffs. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

No accommodation is provided within the trip costs. It is recommended that for those travelling, local accommodation is sought close to Llanberis for the night preceding the Challenge and for the night following the Challenge.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfer to the start and from the finish of the Challenge from and back to Parc Padarn, Llanberis (Parking available for participants at Parc Padarn)

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Llanberis
  • Onward travel from Llanberis

How far is the route? The total distance is around 15 miles, although there is significant ascent and descent in these miles, remember. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? It’s a very big day out with significant vertical ascent. And descent to match. SO in that respect, this one is a lung-buster. But you don’t need any set specialist skills. This is a solid day out in the hills of North Wales with a totally unique objective up for grabs for teams who are successful. But make no mistake, this will be hard-earned.

Do I run or walk? What pace do we go at? It is a walking pace and we will go at the pace of the slowest team member. The guide will set the pace and you will travel as a group at all times. All for one and one for all!

What type of terrain is it? Rough. Mountainous. Underground and rocky. It’s definitely a rollercoaster of terrains on offer here and you should be confident on all manner of mountain terrain.

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? No. This is a fully guided undertaking and the team leader will be responsible for route finding.

What about the underground bit? This is clearly part of the real excitement and uniqueness of this Challenge. It might be a daunting undertaking to disappear below ground for a few hours and journey into the bowels of Wales. But hey, that’s what you’re signing up for. Nothing to fear and nothing too tight and constricting too. If you get claustrophobic you may want to consider if this one is for you, but it is not about squeezing through tiny underground holes – we are talking mine shafts with good head clearance for the most part. It is still underground for a significant portion however.

What if I get lost? If you get lost underground then something has gone seriously wrong! Don’t worry – the team will be travelling together in sight of one another at all times and the guide will know exactly what they are doing.

What if I get hurt?  We will have a guide with you at all times and have comms to summon help as required.

Where will we stay? In this Challenge we are not including accommodation but we woul advise staying in or close to Llanberis pre and post-Challenge. Not least so you can have some celebratory beers afterwards!

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes at the base of Mount Snowdon and we will transfer you via vehicle back to your car at Parc Padarn. For those who want to connect with trains at Bangor, we can recommend and arrange very good and cost-effective local taxis.

 


27th APRIL
2019 
SNOWDONIA

Journey to the centre of the Earth, then to the highest point of Wales: The UK’s largest vertical ascent from half a mile underground to the summit of Snowdon.

Foot and Bike: 1 day
Guided

 What do these mean?
Technical Rating 6/10
Endurance Rating: 10/10

£199

Price is per person

27th APRIL
2019 
SNOWDONIA

Journey to the centre of the Earth, then to the highest point of Wales: The UK’s largest vertical ascent from half a mile underground to the summit of Snowdon.

Foot and Bike: 1 day
Guided


What do these mean?

Technical Rating 6/10
Endurance Rating: 10/10

£199

Price is per person

Forget Ben Nevis. We present to you the largest vertical ascent variable of any mountain journey in Britain – and one hell of an adventure above and below ground.

Special permission has been obtained for an extraordinary Project: Explore outing and a true World-first format. Our Subterranean sojourn will rack up 4500ft of ascent as you make your way from the bowels of Wales’ ancient slate caverns, out into daylight and onto Snowdon to bag the high point of Wales.  We will use bikes to connect from the mine to the mountain and make the journey an authentic human-powered endeavour throughout. This is a very long day but oh so worth it.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– When was the last time you went 1/2 mile underground??
– Largest-ever vertical height gain from a point to point route anywhere in Britain
– Abseil a waterfall on the way down the mountain
– A true ‘first’

 

Friday 26th April
It is recommended to stay somewhere in the Llanberis area as we have an early start tomorrow!

Saturday 27th April 
Meet at 0600 at Parc Padarn car park, Llanberis. After an introductory meet and greet and safety briefing, you will be driven to the entry point for the mine. It’s then time to gear up and head underground to start this surreal adventure! You may leave spare clothes, possessions and valuables in the team transport vehicle and will be able to access these items when you come up for air from down below!

The adventure will depart underground and you will then return to the vehicle for a quick re-boot before departing on the mountain section.

Upon returning from summiting the mountain, the team transport will deposit you back at Parc Padarn. Whilst fully optional, the team leader will suggest a good local pub to congregate in that evening to share some celebratory tales over a beer or two. First round is on us!

Rat Race will provide:

  • Professional guide leadership and support: This challenge is led by a group leader, who will be with you at all stages of the Challenge. Please note, this is not a race and is a small group adventure to achieve a stunning shared objective.
  • Vehicle support for the team, including limited ‘pit stop’ food and beverage provision. See Food/Stay/Trans tab for more details. In general, this provision is to augment your own food and beverages however and you should plan to bring those foods and drinks what works for you for a full day in the outdoors.
  • Satellite tracking and GPS routing device: Rat Race will provide satellite tracking units which allow us to see where you are at all times for your safety. They won’t work underground of course! It also allows your loved ones and supporters to keep track of your progress as you ascent the hill, should you wish to share.
  • Specialist safety equipment: We will provide everything you need for being underground, except head-torch, footwear and general outdoor clothing; see below. We will also provide communal mountain safety equipment such as group shelter.

The participant will provide:
Their own footwear, general outdoor clothing including base layers and mid layers, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams) plus a small day pack for spare clothes, safety equipment and food/ bev. A towel and a change of clothes for the activity is also recommended in case of wet weather and wet conditions underground. This can be kept in the team vehicle and does not need to be carried on the Challenge.  Given the team will be travelling together in a vehicle to and from the accommodation, we would advise the use of a soft bag (like a holdall or rucksack) for spare clothes and personal effects, instead of a suitcase, for comfort and safety of the team when in transit. We will also insist that you provide a good quality head-torch for use underground. Please ensure it has new batteries.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 6/10 and Endurance rating 10/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 6/10
This is a challenge that does not require specialist skill but you should expect some unusual locations, hence a degree of experience in the outdoors is advised. No caving experience is required but you will be required to move in an environment that may involve being harnessed together or attached to ropes. All elements of these measures will be explained to you and overseen by a highly professional guide.

Endurance rating 10/10
This is a very long day out with a early start and a late finish and pretty much consistent travel on foot for the full duration. The team will travel together as a group and we will travel at the pace of the slowest team member, as this is a group exercise that we will start and finish together.  The pace will be consistently rapid in order for us to achieve the objective and will be akin to a ‘spritely’ hike in a mountain environment. You should come prepared for a very big hill day, half of which is underground, basically!

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle* which you will access after the Mine stage and before the Hill stage
  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub in Llanberis to celebrate a job well done

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast prior to departure
  • Dinner
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks after the trip, except 1 complimentary one that we will provide

* Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. We would advise in all cases that you augment this provision with your own foodstuffs. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

No accommodation is provided within the trip costs. It is recommended that for those travelling, local accommodation is sought close to Llanberis for the night preceding the Challenge and for the night following the Challenge.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle
  • Transfer to the start and from the finish of the Challenge from and back to Parc Padarn, Llanberis (Parking available for participants at Parc Padarn)

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Llanberis
  • Onward travel from Llanberis

How far is the route? The total distance is around 15 miles, although there is significant ascent and descent in these miles, remember. The exact final route distance is subject to change and might be a little above or below these figures. The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? It’s a very big day out with significant vertical ascent. And descent to match. SO in that respect, this one is a lung-buster. But you don’t need any set specialist skills. This is a solid day out in the hills of North Wales with a totally unique objective up for grabs for teams who are successful. But make no mistake, this will be hard-earned.

Do I run or walk? What pace do we go at? It is a walking pace and we will go at the pace of the slowest team member. The guide will set the pace and you will travel as a group at all times. All for one and one for all!

What type of terrain is it? Rough. Mountainous. Underground and rocky. It’s definitely a rollercoaster of terrains on offer here and you should be confident on all manner of mountain terrain.

Do I need to navigate my way along the route? No. This is a fully guided undertaking and the team leader will be responsible for route finding.

What about the underground bit? This is clearly part of the real excitement and uniqueness of this Challenge. It might be a daunting undertaking to disappear below ground for a few hours and journey into the bowels of Wales. But hey, that’s what you’re signing up for. Nothing to fear and nothing too tight and constricting too. If you get claustrophobic you may want to consider if this one is for you, but it is not about squeezing through tiny underground holes – we are talking mine shafts with good head clearance for the most part. It is still underground for a significant portion however.

What if I get lost? If you get lost underground then something has gone seriously wrong! Don’t worry – the team will be travelling together in sight of one another at all times and the guide will know exactly what they are doing.

What if I get hurt?  We will have a guide with you at all times and have comms to summon help as required.

Where will we stay? In this Challenge we are not including accommodation but we woul advise staying in or close to Llanberis pre and post-Challenge. Not least so you can have some celebratory beers afterwards!

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/ accommodation/ transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge finishes? The route finishes at the base of Mount Snowdon and we will transfer you via vehicle back to your car at Parc Padarn. For those who want to connect with trains at Bangor, we can recommend and arrange very good and cost-effective local taxis.