“… how hard can it be? Let’s do it!”
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 flowing that someone utters those words “… how hard can it be? Let’s do it!”
Planning and preparation
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 might start as far as a year before the big day with a programme of cardio-vascular fitness (normally best achieved by running up and down hills) and continues all the way up to the night before, taping up your feet and the ritual over-consumption of brown pasta.