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  • Yesterday I drove a 4×4 up to the top of Snowden/Eryri…
  • reluctantjumper
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    …and got a round of applause for making it 😆

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    An equivalent of a 100 mile drive for the little beastie.  It was for a bet from a mate in one of the RC groups I’m in that a 1/10th scale truck couldn’t make it after he did it with his 1/8th scale one (almost double the size!), I had a bit of free time and was in the area with the bikes so just had to prove him wrong.  Made it all the way up without having to carry it up any sections, came close a few times and only had to right it once on flat ground as a curious dog flipped it on its side (so doesn’t count in my book).  Two battery changes on the way up and just about made it back down without running out of power.  Had pretty much universal encouragement from all the walkers up there, plenty of bemusement but loads of people taking pictures and videos of it and willing it up tricky sections!

    And believe it or not I wasn’t the weirdest person on the mountain, there was someone going up it with a unicycle to ride down the Ranger’s path!  26″ fatbike tyre with a brake but still 😳

    The £50 I’ve won on doing it I’m going to match and give to a local Mental Health charity.  I’ve done a charity crawl up Pen Y Fan before with 15 other nutters, that raised well over £1400 for a local school that looks after disadvantaged kids.

    Yes I am definitely not normal 😜

    RustyNissanPrairie
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    Disappointed you didn’t have a Vauxhall Frontera bodyshell for it….

    Otherwise you get a double thumbs up👍👍

    dangerousbeans
    Free Member

    Thank you, you’ve made my day.

    The world needs more people like you.

    kayak23
    Full Member

    Ha. Brilliant 😂

    DickBarton
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    That sounds pretty normal to me (doing nice things) – absolutely well done and a real nice effort in supporting a local charity.

    Which charity is it? Got a link to it so we could make a small donation as well?

    cheers_drive
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    Brilliant but you should have posted just the 1 and 3rd photos to get everyone worked up before posting the others an hour later.

    IHN
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    Excellent.

    (Eryri is the name of the park by the way, the mountain is Yr Wyddfa)

    brakestoomuch
    Full Member

    Top stuff. That first picture made me laugh. Good on you for giving your winnings to charity.

    bensales
    Free Member

    Two battery changes on the way up and just about made it back down without running out of power.

    See! EVs will never work! 🙂

    survivor
    Full Member

    Love it.

    Well done, although I’d want my bike to come back down!

    HoratioHufnagel
    Free Member

    Wow that fence must be about 50fthigh

    molgrips
    Free Member

    That’s brilliant!

    crossed
    Full Member

    Utterly pointless but utterly brilliant!

    Love it.

    Drac
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    What silly fun.

    Hope you had a word with the out of control dog’s owner.

    reluctantjumper
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    Ok, seems people like the silliness of this including STW who have posted it in their Facebook page 🤣

    Which charity is it? Got a link to it so we could make a small donation as well?

    Will see what I can do. Haven’t decided which charity yet as there are a few local ones.

    (Eryri is the name of the park by the way, the mountain is Yr Wyddfa)

    Believe it or not that was done by autocorrect and I didn’t spot it!

    Hope you had a word with the out of control dog’s owner.

    Partly my fault as I was making a fuss of it. The wagging tail pushed it over 😁

    Mark
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    It’s about to hit our front page too – this is a beautiful story. Top work there 🙂

    matt_outandabout
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    What tyres for….?

    flyingmonkeycorps
    Free Member

    Superb! Sounds like great fun (and has reignited my want for an RC crawler).

    As a side note, I once met Frontera guy. He was about as much of a tool as you’d expect.

    el_boufador
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    Haha had to do a double take! Great photos 👍

    molgrips
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    Ok, seems people like the silliness of this

    We do, you should absolutely put a GoPro on you and the car and do another one. It’s YouTube gold.

    It could start a craze, maybe even speed records. If I had such a car I’d definitely give Pen y Fan a go!

    eddiebaby
    Free Member

    Nice!

    ossify
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    Made it all the way up without having to carry it up any sections

    Hmm 🤔 How’d you get on top of the trig point?

    *suspicious*

    nicko74
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    Love it, and your photo composition is on point!

    jonnyboi
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    Does the charity have an online donation page?  I think this effort deserves a few extra quid.

    bigdaddy
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    Fantastic silliness, great idea! How long did it take?

    reluctantjumper
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    It could start a craze, maybe even speed records. If I had such a car I’d definitely give Pen y Fan a go!

    It’s already a ‘thing’, has been for a while now.  I’ve done a few smaller hills already and plan a few more but Snowdon was always the ‘Big’ one so I very much doubt I’ll top it.  Y Das and Waun Fach going from just outside Pengenfordd are planned as is the Sugar Loaf, Table Mountain and the Blorenge!  Pen Y Fan is actually really easy from Storey Arms, the hardest part is the water bars! This was the time we went up and raised a load of money (mine’s the one directly below the sign in the left, I have 3 different ones!):

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    @ossify
    – no RC car is making it up the last steps, that’s why the path just below it but above the cafe is considered the top. I got within 5m of the highest point in Wales and everyone there agreed that counts.  It was a struggle getting up the steps behind the cafe as it was, partly down to the crowds and partly because there’s building work going on up there.  One of the workmen spotted it crabbing along the hill and just stared before shaking his head and getting on with smashing up the slabs he was removing.
    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Total round trip took roughly 7 hours including the 30 min wait to get to the trig point for the final picture and a bit of grub in the cafe.  That’s from the main car park in Llanberis and back so includes about a mile or so of steep road, all done by itself on the way up.  Allowed all day for it and got lucky with the weather, was shorts and top the whole way up and down!</p>
    I’ll see about sorting out a donation page when I get home and choose a charity, currently still in North Wales and about to head home.

    matt_outandabout
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    I’ve done a few smaller hills already and plan a few more but Snowdon was always the ‘Big’ one so I very much doubt I’ll top it.

    Cairngorm FTW with a car – it has a track most of the way….

    tomhoward
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    who have posted it in their Facebook page

    Lots of unintentionally hilarious comments there…

    fasgadh
    Free Member

    Eryri is also used for the hill, Yr Wyddfa is one of the summits.

    reluctantjumper
    Full Member

    For those of you that have asked about donations this is the charity that I’ve chosen:

    4Winds.

    They’re a small charity that have helped two people that I know of when they needed it by just walking into their centre. They have a donation section in their website so it avoids the fees of Just Giving etc.

    Cairngorm FTW with a car – it has a track most of the way….

    I have a feeling lots of Scotland could be viable, with your open access rules there must be loads of summits with suitable paths to the top. Pity it’s so far away from me!

    geomickb
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    That looks brilliant! Do I need one? Is there a budget option for me and my daughter to play with?

    charlie.farley
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    Cheapest Traxxas TRX4M is a lot of fun, and easily fits in a back pack

    Traxxas TRX 4M from ModelSport

    DrP
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    Coyote SC4LE is a good one too… I must get mine up and running again!

    DrP

    FB-ATB
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    Surely, you’ll have to complete the 3 Peaks now!

    reluctantjumper
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    Can I complete Wales first? 😆

    TBH the thought had crossed my mind!

    daviek
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    Clicked on the thread expecting a shit show but found a cracking wee story instead! Well done and looks like it was nice weather for it.

    reluctantjumper
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    TOTW 😮😂

    Standards must have dropped a bit! Thought this was a biking forum 😉🤣

    Is there a budget option for me and my daughter to play with?

    For 1/10 scale there’s the FTX range, the Mauler and the Kanyon are popular at the £170-200 mark. For a smaller truck the FMS FCX24 is the go-to as it’s good out of the box but responds really well to a few basic modifications. I’d get a pair so that you can compete against each other, the advantage of the smaller trucks is they work indoors and out in the garden whereas the 1/10 ones work best in the woods and on the beach. Plenty of reviews of most models on YouTube so have a search and choose according to budget, no-one will sneer at you for having a budget truck when they have a £1k+ build. Having fun is the aim!

    Northwind
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    That’s ace, I need to dust off my SCX10 but I guarantee something’d drop off it 20 metres from the top 🙂

    CountZero
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    Disappointed you didn’t have a Vauxhall Frontera bodyshell for it…

    Always had a soft spot for the Frontera; (and no, not a bog in Ireland, before anyone tries to get in with that!) Didn’t someone take a team of them across the Beiring Straight in winter once, as a promotion?

    Great job with the R/C car, though, I’m really impressed with your effort! Well done. 😁👌🏻

    reluctantjumper
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    Did the Sugar Loaf today, strangely harder as the path isn’t ‘built’ at the top although judging by the bags of rocks up there it will be soon!

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