FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES THE CHALLENGE COST AND WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

  • The registration fee for the Snowdon in the Snow challenge is £30 (payable on your own justgiving page after registration on evenbrite). This price includes contribution towards the hire of professional guides and the cost of transport to and from Mount Snowdon.

 

HOW MUCH MONEY DO I HAVE TO RAISE? HOW DO I PAY MY REG FEE?

  • The fundraising target for the Snowdon in the Snow challenge is £250. Please pay your £30 reg fee into your own fundraising page, and mark it as 'reg fee'.

 

WHEN DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY SPONSORSHIP MONEY?

  • We require 75% of the fundraising target to be raised 1 week prior to the event day itself. The remainder of the sponsorship money needs to be given no later than the 8th December 2018 (two weeks after the trek).

Failure to submit the minimum sponsorship amount may affect our decision to allow the participant to take part on the Trek.

 

DO THE SQ CAUSES MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ZAKAT?

  • Yes, this campaign and its causes do meet the requirements for zakah. Please ask donors to specify if their donations are zakah, as this money will need to be treated in a specific way.

 

HOW WILL WE TRAVEL TO MOUNT SNOWDON?

  • The Seekers' Quest team will arrange transport in the form of a coach. We require all participants to meet at Ebrahim College (80-82 Greenfield Rd, London E1 1EJ) for 9pm on Friday 23rd November, with an estimated departure time of 11pm.

Please note, it is approximately an 8-hour journey to Mount Snowdon, with mandatory stops required by the driver every 3.5 hours.

 

WHEN DO WE RETURN HOME?

  • We should be back at Ebrahim College in London by 1am on Sunday 25th November (we aim to leave Mount Snowdon by 5pm on Saturday 24th, once all participants are safely down from the mountain).

The draft itinerary can be found on the Snowdon in the Snow page. All times are approximate and subject to change at short notice.

 

CAN PARTICIPANTS BE PICKED UP ALONG THE ROUTE?

  • All participants need to meet at Ebrahim College, 80-82 Greenfield Rd, London E1 1EJ by 9pm on Friday 23rd November. In exceptional circumstances we may collect groups of participants en route, but this is subject to our discretion.

 

CAN THE MEETING TIMES BE NEGOTIATED?

  • No, unfortunately not. Please be on time at the designated meeting point. The coach will leave at the scheduled times. Please consider leaving slightly earlier than normal.

 

DO WE HAVE GUIDES FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLIMB?

  • Yes. Our group will be led by professional mountain guides who will brief us on the day and guide us safely to the peak and back.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN?

  • This will depend on the pace of your group and professional guide in charge of the group. The guide will always aim to ensure that the group is kept as close together as possible and support is given to the slower climbers. On average it can take anything from 6-8 hours to reach the peak and return back to base. We aim to complete it in no more than 7 hours.

 

WILL FOOD BE PROVIDED?

  • No. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide lunch or dinner on the outbound or return journey. We strongly recommend that you bring packed lunch with you for at least the climb itself, if not the entire journey as there are very limited options at the base of the mountain. There will be opportunities to buy food at service stops for the other meals but this may work out more expensive.

The SQ team will only carry additional water and snacks on the coach, but not additional meals for participants.

 

WILL THERE BE PRAYER BREAKS?

  • Yes. We have allocated stop over breaks for Salah, and will be combining zuhr and 'asr, and maghrib and isha while en route. At certain parts of the day it may be necessary to perform tayyamum instead of wudu so that salah can be prayed on time.

 

CAN WE PRAY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN?

  • The peak is not an ideal place to pray due to temperature, terrain. However, there is nothing to stop you from offering a du'a at the peak.

 

HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE?

  • As a basic measure of the fitness required, you should be able to comfortably walk 1 mile in 20 minutes on flat ground. On the day of the Trek, you'll need to walk up and down rocky mountain paths for 6 - 8 hours carrying a backpack with your gear. The fitter you are the more enjoyment you are likely to get out of the Trek, and the more you'll appreciate the stunning scenery!

 

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS REQUIRED?

  • Your training needs will depend on your level of fitness and ability, but as a rough guide you should try to do 20-30mins of cardio 3-4 times per week, and include a long distance walk (3miles plus) on the weekend. Buy your trekking boots as soon as you can, and do as many walks in them as possible, across hilly terrain while carrying a backpack. Try walking to or from work in them as often as you can.
  • Walking, running, cycling and swimming are good exercises to train the major muscle groups you'll need.
  • Also take the stairs (up and down) at home or work instead of the lift, and do some light exercises to strengthen your shoulders, back and joints (particularly your knees and ankles - you'll find examples on YouTube). Try and complete your last training session at least two days before the challenge and then rest until challenge day.
  • Remember training is important but don't strain too much and cause yourself an injury! You'll have lots of other trekkers to help you with motivation and support on the day, so train in moderation and aim to enjoy the whole experience!

 

CAN I TAKE PART IN THIS CHALLENGE IN AN ABAYA/JILBAAB/THOWB?

  • Yes, but please note thowbs and abayas can sometimes restrict leg movement, which can be a hazard, and are therefore not recommended. Brothers and sisters who want to wear a thowb or abaya must ensure the length does not exceed below their ankles for health and safety purposes. The guides are very strict in this matter and will not allow anyone to climb the mountain if their outfit is not suitable. One thing to remember is that you will at times be taking long steps up and down rocky terrain, so you don’t want to risk an injury by getting caught on your own attire.

 

CAN I WEAR TRAINERS FOR THE TREK?

  • No. Suitable trekking boots (please see kit list) must be worn at all times on the mountain. Anyone without the correct footwear will NOT be allowed to climb.

 

ARE THERE ANY TOILET FACILITIES ON THE MOUNTAIN/COACH?

  • There are male and female toilets available at the bottom of the mountain. We've been informed by the guides that the cafe and the toilets at the top will be closed by the time we reach the peak.

There are unlikley to be toilet facilities on the coach.

Copyright © All Rights Reserved