I’ve frolicked dwelling in England, Scotland, Switzerland and Russia. So that you would possibly discover it shocking that regardless of my intensive travels, I had by no means been to Wales.
It’s simply lower than a 3 hour drive from my hometown to the Welsh border so I don’t actually have any good excuses for why I hadn’t been.
When a pal of mine steered that we climb Mount Snowdon collectively, I jumped on the likelihood.
Not solely as a result of it was one other peak to tick off my record however as a result of it meant I’d lastly enterprise into Wales.
Why climb Mount Snowdon?
Mount Snowdon, or extra exactly, Snowdon is the second highest mountain peak in Britain at an altitude of 1,085 metres.
I climbed England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike about 10 years in the past with my dad and so Snowdon felt like an ideal pure development. (If I finally determine to climb Ben Nevis – Scotland’s and Britain’s highest mountain – that’ll be Britain’s ‘three peaks’ accomplished.)
Myself, two pals and a bit of canine named Bella, bundled into the automotive in Manchester one sunny morning this summer time.
It was simply over a two hour drive from there, alongside lovely shorelineto the place we had determined to start out our hike.
The right way to climb Yr Snowdon
There are six primary paths to the summit of Mount Snowdon. In line with Go to Wales, the Llanberis path is the simplest and really useful for first time guests to the mountain. It’s, nevertheless, additionally the longest route at round 14.5km.
It’s completely very important to pre-plan your route in keeping with the power of everybody in your group as every path varies in issue and terrain enormously.
One of the vital in style locations to park is the Pen y Cross automotive park at Llanberis however don’t overlook to pre-book it prematurely. All of the areas had been stuffed up a number of days prematurely once we went, so we ended up selecting a unique route and parking elsewhere.
The route we took on the way in which up was the Rhyd Ddu path. It’s a 12km trek however one of many quieter trails and for probably the most half, has pretty manageable terrain.
It’s solely in direction of the highest the place there are two barely trickier spots. The primary was a bit which required some scrambling – in case you’re not nimble sufficient to climb up rocks, I’d keep away from this route.
The second was a slim path with very steep drops on both facet. Although the views had been unbelievable, this part did give me the willies a bit. Fortunately this doesn’t go on for too lengthy and my shaky legs shortly turned sturdy once more. A great reminder that, if you have not received a head for heights, this isn’t the trail for you.
What to pack to climb Mount Snowdon?
I very stupidly, unintentionally left my strolling boots at my pal’s home so ended up doing the climb in my trainers. Although they did present me with sufficient grip (it was a dry day) and had been comfortable, some elements of the route had been boggy so by the top of the day my sneakers, socks and toes had been extremely moist. Assume six-hours-in-the-bath stage of wrinkly toes.
We had been actually fortunate with the climate on the day we climbed but it surely’s necessary to examine situations earlier than you go as it could be too dangerous to aim the summit.
For a lot of the day I wore a sporty tech-fabric t-shirt and a down jacket. I additionally made certain to pack additional layers, together with a water-proof and a bobble hat into my backpack. I didn’t want both thankfully however you’ll be stunned how chilly you would possibly get when ready on the prime or stopping for a picnic.
To maintain myself filled with power I opted to pack plenty of snacks to graze on all through the day, reasonably than only a single sandwich for lunch. Cake, fruit, crisps, crackers, scotch eggs and cocktail sausages actually hit the spot.
However what was vitally necessary was water. I took my giant 800ml bottle and admittedly it was solely simply sufficient. On the descent down, I rationed my water and solely completed it off after I knew we had been near the automotive. Should you can, I’d suggest packing greater than that.
As soon as we received to the underside, we popped right into a pub to revitalise ourselves with a big delicate drink (actually, it wasn’t beer!) and a few extra snacks.
What to not do at Mount Snowdon
Though there’s a tough estimate of how lengthy it’d take to climb every route up Snowdon, be sure you enable additional time in case you want extra relaxation stops alongside the way in which.
You’ll additionally discover that it could be very busy on the prime. Though the Rhyd Ddu path was quiet, on the summit there was a queue for a minimum of 30 minutes to take a photograph with the cairn. You don’t need your Instagram photoshoot to be the reason for you strolling at the hours of darkness on the finish of the day.
It took us round 3 hours to get to the highest. We then waited half-hour in a queue for the cairns earlier than sitting down for a picnic.
Poor little Bella was getting a bit drained however similar to us, after a sit down and a few snacks, she was prepared for the descent.
On the way in which down, we determined to take the Snowdon Ranger path to keep away from having to climb again down the scramble part of Rhyd Ddu. As soon as we had been close to the underside, we might see our automotive within the distance and so determined to take a ‘short-cut’ throughout a area.
Reader, this was not a shortcut. It took us round 3hours 40minutes to achieve our automotive. Don’t be like us, follow the paths.
Necessary issues to find out about Mount Snowdon
Should you’ve heard something about Snowdon earlier than, you might know that there’s a practice to the highest.
Nevertheless, it’s at the moment not working all the way in which to the height, and received’t be till 2023. So in case you’re going to climb Snowdon this yr, you’ll must do each methods on foot. I fairly favored the thought of getting the practice down and spending the afternoon within the pub however alas it wasn’t to be.
Moreover, as a result of the practice isn’t working all the way in which to the highest, the bogs on the summit are additionally not open. Be sure you get comfy earlier than you set off after which if you have to go while strolling, you’ll must do what I prefer to name ‘a wild wee’.
Is it value climbing Mount Snowdon?
We had been extremely fortunate with the climate the day we went – the sky was clear and so we might see all throughout Wales, Anglesey and even the Isle of Man.
The panorama is unbelievable shades of inexperienced and my pal likened it to that of New Zealand.
On the way in which residence, we stopped into Betws-y-Coed for some dinner. It’s a good looking little city and actually definitely worth the go to if in case you have time. Plus the drive from Rhyd-Ddu takes you previous much more fantastic landscapes.
Together with the two hour drive every approach, it ended up fairly a protracted day however for the unbelievable views, the endorphins of the hike and time spent with good pals, it was undoubtedly a time out value doing.
Watch the video above to study extra about climbing Mount Snowdon.