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Wrexham Supporters Trust Sponsored Walk Up Snowdon

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When is the Wrexham Supporters Trust Walk up Snowdon taking place?

The walk will take place on Sunday 17th July 2011. The coaches will be leaving from the Turf Hotel Wrexham at 8am. We will need everyone to fill in the registration form and hand in to us before leaving. We would prefer if you could do this in advance. We will also need to know how much sponsorship money you will raising if completing the walk.

Why has this walk been organised?
To help raise funds for Wrexham Supporters Trust in helping to secure Wrexham Football Club as a secure and sustainable community football club.

How do I register?
You will need to register in advance by giving your name and letting us know if you require coach travel from the Turf in Wrexham to Pen-Y-Pass, nr Llamberis. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to do so.

Is there a limit to the number of people able to take part?
For logistical and environmental reasons the maximum number of people taking part in the Snowdon walk will be limited to 200. To ensure that you are one of them it is advisable to register for the event as soon as you can. The web site will say if / when the maximum number has been reached.

How much money will I have to raise?
Obviously as much as you can, but while were asking all participants to aim to raise a minimum of £20, we hope everyone will raise a lot higher. You can download a sponsorship form from the Supporters Trust web site Wrexham Supporters Trust

How should the funds I raise be paid to the Supporters Trust?
(1) Cash payable to a Trust Board member or handed in to the Trust Shop adjoining the Turf prior to home matches.
(2) Cheque made payable to Wrexham Supporters Trust and sent to Freepost WST œ no stamp required.

Where is the starting point?
The starting point is the Pen-Y-Pass car park on the A4086 nr Llanberis (see map).

What time should I arrive at the start point?
The first groups of walkers will set off at around 10am. Those making there own way to Pen-Y-Pass will need to report your name to the Trust Board members before setting off on the walk, and inform them of your name and how much you have been sponsored for on the walk. Those travelling on the coaches can do this as they board the coaches.

What route will we be going up?
The route starts at the far left side of Pen-Y-Pass car park. Go through the gate leading onto the gravel track. Follow this winding, undulating track around the hillside. You pass a small tarn (pool) on your left as you continue on the good track.

Soon you pass Llyn Teryn, on your left, the first of the lakes in the valley below Snowdon. Stay on the track then soon you come to a causeway over Llyn Llydaw (reservoir). Cross it then turn left following the track part of the way round the reservoir. The path soon leaves the reservoir as it passes disused buildings and ascends over the hillside.

You are soon directly below Snowdon beside Glaslyn Tarn. Again follow the hack around the tarn then as you go around a bend, look for a stone post and some steps leading up the hillside off to your right. This is where the Miners Track ascends to join the Pyg Track. Ascend the steps and around 150m higher you join the Pyg Track.

Continue on the Pyg Track now, which is an undulating stony rough path leading over the hillside. After 600m, you come to large stone steps, which zigzag and ascend the hillside steeply. Follow these to the ridge near the summit. You emerge by a large standing stone or monolith on the ridge.

Snowdon Mountain railway track is nearby and there are good views looking down the valley to Llanberis. Turn left to ascend the final section, which is the Llanberis path to the summit. This track is good to walk on and a gentle ascent. Nearing the summit you should see the cafĩ and to the left of it, the triangulation pillar on the summit.

Walk with care to the summit and enjoy the views in all directions then take a break in the cafĩ before returning.

How long will it take?
It is estimated that the walk will take between two and a half hours and three hours depending on the skill and fitness of each person. Remember it is a sponsored walk. We stress that this is NOT a race! You will be pleased to know that it should take half an hour less to descend! On a clear day the views are breathtaking so take them all in, and make sure you have your camera with you.

What happens when I get to the top?
In view of the number of people taking part we need to be careful to avoid congestion at the summit, both for safety and environmental reasons. We are looking to wait for the last person up before we take a team photo of everyone wearing red Wrexham shirts! Until then please wait patiently, and do not clog the summit until we are ALL ready for the photo opportunity, as other walkers will want to take their own pictures. Please respect this and wait for the last person to join us before we have our team photo. You can then start your descent down.

What sort of level of physical fitness will I need?
Those taking part will need to be reasonably fit and healthy. However, please remember that this is not a race to the top! Please take your time walking up; stopping to have rests when needed.

What if I have medical problems?
If you have any medical problems (epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure, and allergies for example) you should seek medical advice before registering for this event. The registration form asks you to let us know about any medical problems you may have so that we are aware and in case we need to organise assistance on the day.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?
Lets hope for a nice day, but it is very important that everyone is prepared for all weathers. Nearing the summit of Snowdon, or any mountain for that matter can be cold and very windy with low cloud. Often it is the wind chill factor that causes problems for walkers. With this in mind, the following suggested items should help you complete the walk and stay warm and dry.

· Walking boots/shoes
· Walking socks including a spare set
· Walking trousers œ no jeans
· Warm upper body clothing in layers. (Red Wrexham shirt a must!)
· Gloves, woollen/fleece hat
· Fleece/waterproof fabric outer jacket/cagoule over trousers
· Day rucksack
· Spare clothing in rucksack
· Food, plastic drinks bottle.
· Torch with spare bulb and batteries
· Whistle, note paper and pencil
· Basic first aid kit including plasters and Vaseline
· Compass and guide map/book
· Finally, dont forget your camera for some superb photo opportunities.

Please note that alcohol should not be consumed before or on the walk itself.

How To Get There!

From Wrexham there are two ways¢‚¬¦¢‚¬¦

Route 1. A483 towards Chester. A5 For Conwy all the way to Bangor. Get off A55 at Junction 11 and follow signs for Llanberis on the B4366 until you meet the B4547. Stay on the B4547 all the way until you meet the A4086. Turn left for Llanberis, and continue through Llanberis and up to the top of the mountain and the Pen-Y-Pass car park on your right.

Route 2. A483 and A4539 to Llangollen. Follow signs A5 for Corwen. Stay on A5 passing through Corwen and Betws-Y-Coed until you come to Capel Curig. Turn left on to the A4086 for Llanberis. Keep on the A4086 until you reach the Pen-Y-Pass car park on your left.