First given public recognition in 1919, a party from the Rucksack Club led by Eustace Thomas, completed the traverse of Wales’ highest mountains within 24 hours. Nowadays, it is not long for anyone who enjoys the hills to hear about the legendary challenge that is the “Welsh 3000s.” It’s usually in the warmth of a pub when the beer starts and someone utters those words “… how hard can it be? Let’s do it!”
Such challenges give us something to aim for and help us define who we are. In the true spirit of adventure, stepping beyond one’s comfort zone puts credit back into our long overdrawn bank of courage, to draw upon for future challenges.
Part of the joy of undertaking this challenge is in the planning and preparation. Planning requires knowledge of the area, detailed study of local maps and referring to a few choice websites (see below). Preparation requires lots of cardio-vascular fitness (normally best achieved by running up and down hills), a layer of zinc tape applied to your feet the night before as well as the ritual consumption of brown pasta.