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
- 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?!
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
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:
- Please follow Snowdonia National Park’s best practice guidelines for organised walks on the mountain
- Consider if your event should take into consideration guidelines from the Institute of Fundraising for organized charity fundraising events
- Also consider the courtesy of informing Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team of any large scale events happening on the mountain on a particular day. This in no way means the team will have any extra involvement on the day – but sometimes it’s good for the team to have a general idea about how busy the mountain will be on any given day.