Preparation for walking up Snowdon

Here’s a checklist of things to consider if you’re planning to walk up Snowdon (‘Yr Wyddfa’); the links will take you to further information.

    • Firstly, give yourself enough time to plan properly, especially if you’re new to Snowdon.
    • If you’re setting a date for months ahead, remember that any time between early November and mid-April there can be snow and ice on the upper part of the mountain; this could not only stop you from reaching the summit, but could be very dangerous.
    • Make sure you’ve got suitable footwear and clothes (including waterproofs); always carry extras and be prepared for conditions to deteriorate.
    • Make sure you’ve got basic kit in your rucksack.
    • Consider what you eat the night before (there are no toilets on the mountain).
    • Have a sensible breakfast.
    • Make sure you’ve got some cash in case of emergency.
    • Think about what time you’ll get down, and what you’re then going to do. Is a long drive of several hours such a good idea?
Be ‘Adventure Smart’

As a summary, ask yourself these 3 questions before you set off:

    • Do I have the right GEAR?
    • Do I know what the WEATHER will be like?
    • Am I confident I have the KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS for the day?

You can read more about these 3 questions on the Adventure Smart website.

Looking west from the summit, over Hafod Eryri


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