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A typical party would take 5 to 6 hours up and down. But some slower parties may take considerably longer. It would always be wise to allow three hours to descend before nightfall.

A. Settled weather is rare and cannot be relied upon. So it makes sense to be prepared for a change. Many of the people we are called to help have got into difficulties through lack of the basic clothing and equipment advised in our safety leaflet.

A. The main paths on Snowdon are fairly well defined in clear conditions but people do get lost in mist or darkness. The Llanberis path is generally considered to be the easiest to follow in Summer. When there is snow on the mountain there are no easy ways up or down.

A. The Snowdon Mountain Railway is closed throughout the winter. Information about summer opening times can be obtained from Snowdon Mountain Railway on Tel:- 01286 870223 or www.snowdonrailway.co.uk Do not rely on the train running in the summer as it can be closed during high winds or bad weather.

A. Snow conditions are common and often persistent from October and can linger up to early June.

A. Inadequate footwear causes many accidents every year. Trainers give little ankle support and in spite of their tread give poor grip. We would always recommend good walking boots.

A. Iformation about guided walks can be obtained from most tourist information centres. A suitable minimum qualification for party leader is a Mountain leaders Award. For more information on Mountaineering qualifications contact the MLTB on www. mltb.org/.

A. Yes. But there are places where signal strength is poor, e.g. the lower south side of Snowdon and the area around Pen-y-Pass. Keep your battery charged , warm and dry.

A. Telephone 09068 500449 or visit http://www.ukclimbing.com/databases/crags/weather.html?region=10

A. The summit hotel has no overnight accommodation and is closed throughout the winter. Information about summer opening times can be obtained from Snowdon Mountain Railway on Tel:- 01286 870223 or www.snowdonrailway.co.uk Do not rely on the Hotel or café being open in summer as it can be closed during high winds or bad weather.

A. No. The British mountains are not high enough to cause altitude sickness. But walking uphill is hard work and people with breathing or chest complaints should take particular care . If in doubt seek medical advice.

A. The Snowdonia National Park Authority, Tel:-01766 770274. Remember Snowdon is a mountain under environmental pressures so the SNPA`s response may not always be entirely positive about all proposed events.

This information was kindly supplied by Llanberis Mountain Rescue

 

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