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Any one climbed Mt Snowdon?

$lim$hady

Active Member
Hey guys,

I'm off to wales tomorrow and first plan is to climb Mt Snowdon, the problem is by reading info on the web, I am more scared about getting lost and wanted to hear from anyone that's done it...

Me and the GF haven't done anything like this before but reasonable fit:rolleyes:

The plan is to get the train up and walk down, but how easy is it to follow the paths?

Would love to hear from you!
 

Sonic67

Banned
I did it as part of the three peaks challenge.

Very simple. Imagine the worst case scenario and then imagine what you would want with you in such a case.

So that might be, map, mobile phone (fully charged battery), compass, GPS, torch, lighter, (usually for important stuff I double up. Why not have two lighters etc), Windproof, waterproof clothing, gloves, hat, flask, chocolate, walking boots. Also you might leave some details with someone before you start. For instance phone before you head up and phone again later when you are down again.

Generally people are up and down it all the time so it isn't much of a problem.

(edit: thought you were hill walking but give the above some thought. Main thing is appropiate clothing. Don't wear jeans and trainers.)
 
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IronGiant

Moderator
http://www.mountainwalk.co.uk/walkingsnowdon.html

The llanberis route will take you back to the station, and is the easiest route though a fair bit longer than the others. They are all fairly easy to follow in good conditions, but beware of a change in the weather.

Dave

Edit: And what Sonic said... :)
 

jarraman

Well-known Member
You dont actually climb Snowdon, you just walk up it. You can actually catch a train to the summit if you want.

However a zig zag walk is really nice. If the weather is nice,the views are great so take a camera.
 

Billo

Active Member
It's not so much of a climb as a good stiff walk, with a little scramble thrown in. Be aware though that it is going to be v windy up there tomorrow and quite a bit colder than down at the bottom and as always it will be raining. The main path (pig path??) is quite well defined, though I'm not sure how close to your parked car it will take you. IIRC that path starts down in a car park but I don't know how near the train it is.

reading IronGiants input, it's the Pyg Track, and I've been up via Watkins Path with a group of varying ability and we all managed
 
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figoagogo

Distinguished Member
reasonable fit:rolleyes:

The plan is to get the train up

If you are fit, no need for the train!!! I was going up and down there as kid (pre-teens).

Tell someone where you are going, plus an esitmated time you will return. Take proper clothing, it may be nice at ground level but once up there the weather can turn at any time. Wear appropiate foot ware (i.e. walking boots). Take water proofs that work. Take plenty of water and snacks.

Enjoy it.

There are lots more challenging climbs/walks out there if you enjoy it.

I like Tryfan :D Come to think of it not been walking for YEARS!
 

$lim$hady

Active Member
I have changed the word climb to walk as corrected.

So say i get to the summit by train and start walking down how will i know if i'm following the right path to the car?

I am i worrying about nothing or does it need real plaining, if you get lost i guess you could end up miles away from the car...

Plan B was to just walk following the train tracks.. can it be done..

So Excited but scared too
 
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$lim$hady

Active Member
http://www.mountainwalk.co.uk/walkingsnowdon.html

The llanberis route will take you back to the station, and is the easiest route though a fair bit longer than the others. They are all fairly easy to follow in good conditions, but beware of a change in the weather.

Dave

Edit: And what Sonic said... :)


Great link. Thanks.

Snowdon Ranger Track looks good... i would prefer llanberis but its 10 miles:eek:

Do there all start from the same place?
 
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Flimber

Distinguished Member
We were up there the other week, I might still have a Ranger Track map in the boot of the car if it's any good to you. We didn't go up in the end. If you do go up say Hello to Graham Chapman for me, won't you :smashin:
 

IronGiant

Moderator
Do they all start from the same place?

No, but they all end up at the same place, at the summit :)

The Llanberris path follows the railway quite closely so you will find it hard to get lost (famous last words) . It is a long gentle descent with gravity on your side so even though it is 10 miles it shouldn't feel like it.
http://www.summitpost.org/route/299010/llanberis-path.html

The shorter ones are much harder on the knees and will likely take you nearly as long. They also won't take you any near Llanberis and the station so you would need to catch a bus back to your car.

You will have to look into it, but I believe there is a stop/halt (Clogwyn station?) 1000 feet from the summit, so you may be able to walk down to that from the top and get the train the rest of the way, or get off there on your way down and walk the rest of the way to the car.
 
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IronGiant

Moderator
Aah...

"The new £9million Summit Visitor Centre ‘Hafod Eryri’ is due to open Summer 2008. On completion of this new fantastic building, Summit travel will recommence. "

If it's not open yet, the train stops 1000 feet short of the top, so you have climb up, then back to the train anway.
 

Wild Weasel

Distinguished Member
I've been up it 3 times, but only once was it clear enough to see anything from the summit. I saw Sir Chris Bonnington at the top, which made my day. :D
 

$lim$hady

Active Member
We were up there the other week, I might still have a Ranger Track map in the boot of the car if it's any good to you. We didn't go up in the end. If you do go up say Hello to Graham Chapman for me, won't you :smashin:

Shame you didn't go up there... thanks for offering the map but to be honest, i would not know where to begin without roads..lol

Any other things you would recommend me see or do?
 

Ed Selley

AVF Reviewer
Given the choice between walking up a bloody great hill or taking the opportunity to use a masterpiece of specialised technology- the only example of its kind in the UK, I know what I'd do.
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I am quite lazy though :laugh:.
 

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