Mountain Safety

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Climb Snowdon - Mountain Safety
Climb Snowdon - Mountain Safety
Climb Snowdon - Mountain Safety
Climb Snowdon - Mountain Safety

Safety Advice

We are all about enjoying Snowdon (and other mountains) safely and with respect to other people the mountain environment.

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

  • Make a plan before you leave home: How will you travel to Snowdon? Where to park if you’re driving? What’s a suitable path to use for your group? Will you have to organise overnight accommodation? Check out our Summit Routes as a starter
  • 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 forecasted weather affect you? What time do you need to set out and get back?
  • Check a suitable mountain weather forecast for your chosen area – for example Mountain Weather Information Service - Snowdonia National Park
  • Find out what kit and equipment you need and pack according to 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. Speak to local businesses etc before you set out, there’s a lot of information you can gain from others locally - view our simplified Snowdon Map and Guide
  • Take plenty of food and snacks, 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?!
  • Don’t rely on Snowdon Mountain Railway being in service or able to take you down the mountain if you’re tired. Speak to them directly about booking Return or Single Up tickets – but you can’t ‘walk up and get the train down’. The summit Visitor Centre and station is NOT open all year round, or in poor weather
  • Check out Adventure Smart Wales for more tips and ideas about planning enjoyable activity days out in Wales
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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.

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Llanberis MRT

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:


Be Adventure Smart!

Make your good day better

We hope you will come and enjoy the iconic and beautiful Welsh countryside. Take a little time to plan your day to help ensure that you’ll be safe and comfortable.

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