In an emergency

First Aid kits

It is recommended that you carry your own basic first aid kit. You may need some simple treatment for an injury, or you might be able to assist someone else.

Beyond that, there is a first aid kit at Pen y Pass and at the summit (when Hafod Eryri is open). Volunteer wardens, who mostly patrol the busier paths at the weekends, are First Aid trained and carry first aid equipment.

In an emergency

Should an injury leave you (or someone else in your group) unable to go back down the mountain unaided, ring 999 (or 112) and ask for Police, then Mountain Rescue. (See the page on mobile phone reception.) Mountain rescue will want to know where exactly you are and what is the nature of the injury.

If Mountain Rescue agree that you do indeed need help, they will either arrange for a team to get to you, or for the rescue helicopter to come to you.

If cloud is low and the helicopter cannot get to you, it is likely you will have a long wait for the Mountain Rescue Team (depending where you are on the mountain).

It’s vital that you keep the injured person warm and comfortable while they wait for help, and this is why should should always carry extra layers in your rucksack. It’s very easy to get cold quickly at altitude when you’re not moving. A group shelter can also be useful to keep the worst of any wind and rain off, and in hot weather can provide shelter.

If you come across a rescue team on a call-out, please give them – and especially the helicopter – plenty of space.

The winchman is lowered to help an injured walker near the Intersection.


There is a defibrillator at the summit, by the entrance to Hafod Eryri. There are also two others on the Llanberis Path: one at Penceunant Isaf café near the bottom of the path, and the other at the Halfway Café. There is also a defibrillator at Pen y Pass (at the foot of the Pyg and Miners’ Tracks).

The defibrillator at the summit is in an insulated box.

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