Snowdon is a fantastic mountain that is known as the highest in both Wales and England, offering spectacular views across the surrounding areas of North Wales, Snowdonia National Park and fabulous coastlines.
Snowdon is a popular mountain among day trippers, locals and passionate walkers, so there are a range of different people enjoying the mountain in different ways. Thanks to the range of different routes and availability of the Snowdon Mountain Railway, anyone from an extreme mountain climber, all the way to a day tripper with no walking experience can enjoy Snowdon in their own special way.
People often ask questions regarding Snowdon before they make their trip over. Alternatively, you may have forgotten to find out some important information. Either way, this article aims to enlighten you on some of the main ‘FAQs’, along with answers directed at those who are hoping to reach Snowdon’s summit.
How long does it take to climb Snowdon?
A typical party will be able to climb and descend Snowdon in 5 or 6 hours. Some slower parties may take considerably longer – and it is always recommended that you leave at least three hours to descend before nightfall.
Can I climb Snowdon without ‘fancy’ gear in good weather?
Settled weather is always rare and cannot be fully relied upon. You should never tackle Snowdon without the right walking gear. Many people that have to be rescued from Snowdon have got into difficult situations through lacking basic clothing and equipment. Always respect the mountain and ascend well prepared.
Are the routes up Snowdon easy to follow? Which is the easiest?
The main routes up Snowdon are fairly well defined in good conditions. When it gets misty and dark, it can be difficult to navigate. Usually, the Llanberis Path is considered to be the easiest to follow in the summer, although there are a number of other routes of similar difficulty. For more information on paths up Snowdon Mountain check out the Routes page.
If I reach the Snowdon summit and get tired, can I get the train down?
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is closed through the winter. You should not rely on getting the train down, especially as it can be closed during times of poor weather – and get be very busy during the summer months. Always check the Snowdon Mountain Railway website or helpline for details.
Is there snow on Snowdon all year round?
Snow conditions are very common due to the altitude of some of the areas. Snow is very common from around October and can linger on after the winter up to early summer months.
Do I need walking boots or can I wear trainers?
Inadequate footwear is the cause of many accidents on Snowdon each year. Poor ankle support causes injuries on certain terrain, while they can also be dangerous due to their low level of grip.
Are there organised walks up Snowdon? How can I find out about leader competence?
Information regarding guided walks is available from tourist centres throughout Snowdonia National Park and North Wales. Mountain leaders must have an award/qualification before they can class themselves as a suitable leader. More information is available on mountaineering qualifications at www. mltb.org/.
Do mobile phones work on Snowdon?
Yes, although there are places where signal strength is particular poor. Always keep your battery charged, safe and dry for use in emergencies.
Where is the weather forecast for Snowdon?
Telephone 09068 500449 or visit http://www.ukclimbing.com/databases/crags/weather.html?region=10
Is there a café on Snowdon? Is there a hotel?
The summit has a great facility for grabbing a warm drink and small bite to eat as your reach the summit. There is however no hotel or accommodation, so don’t plan on staying overnight on Snowdon.
Can you get altitude sickness on Snowdon?
No. The mountains in Britain are not high enough to cause altitude sickness, but walking uphill is hard work for people who have breathing problems, chest complaints or unfit. If in doubt, seek medical advice before tackling the mountain.
The simple answer is yes, but you should ensure you have a well behaved dog, suitable equipment and a lead.
This information based on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue’s information.