When you are preparing to walk up Snowdon, you can be as prepared on or prepared as you like – but this also depends on the path you choose. It’s not uncommon to see people walking up the Llanberis path in sandals or some old converse, but the more you plan and think about it before you go, the more comfortable you will be.
If you’re an experienced hiker, heading up in the winter with the correct equipment and team should be fine. If you’re a mountain rookie, stick to the warmer times of the year. The hike can be challenging, but there is a route to suit pretty much anyone. Pair this with a stay at one of the holiday parks North Wales has to offer and you have the perfect getaway!
Here are the things you will need to wear/bring when hiking up Snowdon:
If there is one necessity for going up Snowdon, it’s definitely a decent pair of shoes. The people going up in sandals probably needed carrying to their car by the time they got back down.
Make sure the shoes you wear, regardless of what they are, are comfortable and won’t give you blisters. Is there anything worse than limping around with a big sore on your foot? This would completely ruin your hike.
Walking boots are, of course, suggested, due to their support for your ankles. However, if you don’t like heaviness, then you could opt for a pair of walking trainers. They are comfy and lightweight whilst providing the grip you will need.
A good pair of walking boots or trainers are wasted if you don’t have a decent pair of socks with them. Good quality walking socks can put your mind at ease when it comes to developing blisters. Don’t underestimate their value!
If you have been up mountains in the past, especially in Snowdonia, you’ll know that by the time you get to the top, it is usually misty and wet. You also never know how the weather is going to turn – so make sure you at least bring a waterproof jacket with you.
Rucksack – Small
Snowdon may be the biggest mountain in Wales and England, but most people are up and down within 5 hours. A small rucksack will do – you don’t need to bring your entire life with you. You may want to pack the following:
- Around a litre of water
- Blister plasters – just in case!
- Snacks so you can quickly access some extra energy
- A packed lunch
- Camera/phone to capture the views
- A thermos of coffee or tea