Mountain Safety

Safety Advice

We are all about enjoying Snowdon (and other mountains) safely and enjoyably.

By following these simple steps, you can also make sure you are planning future mountain adventures responsibly:

  • Make a plan before you leave home: Where are you going? How to get there? Where to
    park if you’re driving? What’s a suitable objective for your group? Will you have to organise
    overnight accommodation?
  • Plan a suitable route: How long will the walk take you? Will it suit all involved? Do you have enough experience to tackle this route? How will the weather affect the route? What time
    do you need to set out and get back?
  • Find out where you can get a suitable mountain weather forecast for your chosen area
  • Find out what kit and equipment you need and pack according to the current weather
    in the valley – as well as the weather forecast for higher up the mountain (it WILL be
    colder up there!)
  • Do you know how to read a map or use a compass? How will you know where you are
    going on the mountain? Increase your knowledge and skills if necessary
  • Take plenty of food, juice drinks, water, hot drinks in flask (colder weather) to sustain you
    all day. Remember suncream/sunhat if it’s sunny and hot
  • Tell someone where you are going: leave a route plan and contact details
  • Having a mobile phone (charged) is a good way to update others accordingly (but don’t rely in getting consistent reception in mountainous areas)
  • Don’t be afraid of changing plans in poor weather or turning back if it gets too much –
    sometimes ‘carrying on’ increases the risk
  • Be aware of your whole party and how everyone is coping with the day out – is everyone
    happy and still chatting?!
Met Office logo

Weather Forecasts

www.metoffice.gov.uk

In the last few days leading up to your Climb Snowdon day, keep checking this weather forecast for up to date information about weather on the mountain itself.

This particular forecast will tell you what the visibility will be like (including will you see a view from the summit?) and what the temperature at the top of the mountain will be.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team logo

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team

www.llanberismountainrescue.co.uk

The UK’s busiest mountain also keeps the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team very busy, with nearly 200 callouts per year.

On a busy Saturday sometimes the team can receive 3 or 4 callouts in one day – and usually all after 4pm in the afternoon – as people are getting tired and descending the mountain.

Advice to Unaccompanied Groups

Our aim is to offer advice and a professionally run service for those people looking for support and leadership for their climb on Snowdon – be they individuals, families or small and large groups.

We understand that this service might not be what everyone is looking for or requires. But, especially for those looking to organise ‘group’ or ‘fundraising’ walks on the mountain, we do offer the following advice and please take note of our Mountain Safety information on this page: