Wales Adventure Weekend

Crave adventure for 2018! What if you could sample mountaineering and combine it with your passion for mountain biking? This is the unique oppurtunity you have been waiting for.

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Saturday: Snowdon Scramble Up - Shred Down

This Welsh adventure weekend sets the adrenaline pumping and the pulses racing from the very start.
We have promised an introduction to mountaineering plus the world class mountain biking of Snowdonia. However, Day 1 is a fusion of these two sports and is truly unique. You will climb, scramble and scale your way to the summit of Snowdon under the expert leadership of mountaineering instructor Tim Harrop. The ascent will take on the classic ridge of Crib Goch* as Tim introduces you to the skills and team work required to climb this famous mountain. (*weather conditions dependant)

Team of Sherpas

Once at the top, rested and refuelled in the cafe and with the stoke still simmering, we will slam down the saddles and begin the exhilirating shred-fest down to the town of Llanberis, led by our very own mountain bike leader, Sean Howell. However, before you ask, this will be on your own bike! Whilst we are scaling to the summit with Tim, your bikes and riding kit will be carried to the top by our second Mountain Leader, Charlotte and our team of sherpas. We have plenty of Bucket-List ticking trails to choose from. Depending on the weather and how we are all feeling we could take on the Rangers Path with its rugged rock gardens and switchbacks before the flat out return to Llandberis via Telegraph valley.  

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Arrival: 16th June
Location: Betws-y-Coed
Friday Night: 7.30pm welcome meal
Day 1 Meet: 10am
(Transfer in Bike-Bus)
Climb Info: 11am & 5 – 6 hrs
Descent Duration: 1.5 – 2.5 hrs
Technical Grade: Red/Black | Diffcult/Extreme (any questions, please contact us)
Elevation Gain: 1,085 m (approx.)
Please Note: The weather conditions on the day will determine the routes that we take to climb and descend on Snowdon. For example, if the forecasted wind speed exceeds 25mph then Crib Goch will not be an option. Also the Rangers Path is extremely exposed and the safety of the group is our first priority. However, there are plenty of additional options which the leaders will choose from as alternatives.
Day 1 Finish: 6-7pm
Saturday Night: Group meal
Day 2 Start: 10-11am
Activity: MTB
Day 2 Finish: 4-5pm at a cafe or pub then travel home

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Let's Ride!

I think we can safely say Day 1 will be truly unique and will deliver the best of both worlds. The menu for Day 2 is all about your first passion of MTB. Snowdonia has a plethora of mountain biking that includes the UKs first trail centres and a network of ancient natural trails that will tick all the boxes. Our job is not an easy one, as there is so much awesome riding to choose from to close out this trip. However, we know all the classics and we have all the options to choose from. For example, there's another summit to conquer on Cadair Idris or the epic natural singletrack of Llyn Crafnant, Cowlyd, Capel Curig and Sarn Helen. Whatever we go for, it'll leave you grinning from ear to ear.

Après Montagne

We may be experts on the mountains but we also know that adventures like this are even more fun when we are out of the saddle or hiking boots and reliving the days achievements over a drink and hearty meal. It is why we also pride ourselves on creating an awesome vibe within the group and therefore we would love you to join us after each day to wind down and relax in one of the many local pubs and restuarants.
Where to stay?
Like many of the other UK national parks there are some excellent places to stay and we can certainly provide some local knowledge and recommendations. To ensure the weekend runs smoothly for the activity transfers and the Après Montagne mentioned above we would highly recommend that you book your accomodation in Betws-y-Coed which is the gateway to Snowdonia.

Here are a couple of accomodation recommendations:
Pont y Pair - B&B with its own cosy bar
The Vagabond - Bunkhouse with its own cosy bar

Are these activities for me?
MTB You will be at least an intermediate mountain biker who is looking to experience a new type of terrain and riding on adventurous trails in remote areas. You will be confident with core mountain bike handling skills and profficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner on a variety of terrain which in places will graded Red to Black – Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further
The variety of trails we will be riding, will include features such as drop-offs (not all will be rollable), jagged and exposed bedrock with unpredictable loose rocks of varying sizes thrown in for good measure
You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this type of riding)
The rides do contain a number of moderately steep long climbs that will be technical in places
You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 4-6 hours per day at a social and comfortable pace
You are aged 16 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride

Ascending Snowdon via the Crib Goch ridge is the toughest way up. Physically it is hard work and involves over 2000 feet of climbing. There are no short cuts and although you will be supported by Tim, you will have to put the work in, step by step, inch by inch! There will be sections where we will be using our hands as well as our feet, and the ridge itself is often described as ‘knife edge’.
The sense of achievement in reaching the Snowdon summit by this route will be massive, only matched by the excitement of the descent!
Still not sure? Please contact us here and we will give you a call

What do I need?
Equipment & Accessories
Suitable mountain bike in good working order*
Gloves and glasses*
Backpack, spare inner tubes, spare chain links (e.g. PowerLinks), at least 2 spare spokes specific to your wheels, puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
Spare rear derailleur hanger for your bike*
Helmet* (IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the table below. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form)
Clothing & Extras
Clothing & shoes appropriate for outdoor activities (MTB & mountaineering) and the weather conditions on the day
Walking boots with ankle support, strictly no trainers (Mountaineering)
Waterproof jacket (Both) and trousers (Mountaineering)
Padded cycling shorts for comfort
Personal choice of drink and snacks per day
Knee and elbow pads are recommended

* without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride
Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs
Please contact us if you have questions about the above

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Helmet Warranties
MTB Helmet Warranty

Terms & Conditions
To secure your booking a non-refundable deposit of £50 is required when the reservation is made, either by bank transfer or PayPal, with the balance payable within 30 days of the date of your trip/booking commencing. Payment must be made in pounds sterling (£GBP).
The safety and enjoyment of the group is our number one priority. You will be requested to take no further participation in the group activities, if our guides believe you are not capable of safely taking part in the activity of mountain biking or mountaineering, that will compromise your personal safety and the group. The guides will take appropiate action to manage the group which could result in the routes or activities being changed to suit the ability of the individual or group.
Marmalade MTB and Tim Harrop Mountain Activities are not responsible for your expenses nor will a refund of your booking be offered if you are asked to take no further part in the mountaineering or mountain biking activities of this trip.
Booking terms and conditions will be sent to you by email on receipt of your enquiry.
Bookings will be confirmed by email once your deposit payment has been received.
If you cancel your booking more than 60 days before the first day of your trip, you will receive a refund totalling 50% of the monies paid at the time of booking. If you cancel your booking less than 60 days before the first day of your trip you will receive no refund on monies paid.
Marmalade MTB and Tim Harrop Mountain Activities reserves the right to cancel the activities scheduled for this weekend within 24 hours notice due to illness, extreme weather conditions or the minimal number of bookings** is not met.
Marmalade MTB and Tim Harrop Mountain Activities will honour your booking (based on availability) if the weekend is cancelled or you cannot take part for what ever reason.
**Due to the ratio of leaders to participants and the additional logistics to create and facilitate this activity weekend the minimum and maximum number of bookings required is six
On completing your booking, you will be accepting the terms and conditions above.

  • Adventure Weekender

  • £295per person **

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    New for 2018
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    £50 deposit (below)
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    16-17 June (2 nights)
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    1x British Cycling Level 3 MTB Leader
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    1x Mountaineering Instructor
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    1x Mountain Leader
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    Sherpa Support (Day 1 only)
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    2 full days of activity

**Price does not include your accomodation, travel, insurance or food and drink

Adventure Weekend 2018

Marmalade MTB
Bike Bus

Our big blue Renault Master is the perfect vehicle to support our sociable guided mountain bike rides and adventures across the UK. Let's do our bit for the environment and van-share to reduce our carbon footprint. With its 7 passenger seats, separate bike garage, rear USB chargers, table and ample storage, our Bike Bus takes the stress and strain out of travelling to the many awesome MTB locations. Travel in the Bike Bus is available on most of our rides and trips. When you book please state whether you would like a seat on board. Please Note: Bike Bus travel is only available if you live within a practical collection location between our headquarters in Sussex and the final destination. Contact prior to booking for more details if you are unsure.

Alison Schulte, Brighton

​I had been meaning to go on a Wales MTB trip for a while, but always got stuck at the planning stage... Going with Sean and Marmalade MTB, therefore, was perfect - it probably saved me hours of map staring and certainly made it a lot easier and a lot more fun. The Gap is a stunning place. The view from the top and the fantastic descent are just a few of the highlights of this trip. Totally recommend it and I'm already looking forward to repeat trip.

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