Snowdon or Yr Wyddfa (Err With-va), to give its correct Welsh name, is located in Wales and at 1085m is the highest mountain in the country. It is part of the Eryri / Snowdonia National Park and is a popular destination for hikers and climbers. There are several routes to the summit, ranging in difficulty and length. Here are some facts and information about climbing Snowdon.
Snowdon Climbing Routes: Which one to Choose?
Climbing Snowdon via the Llanberis Path
This is the most popular route and starts from the village of Llanberis. It is the longest route, taking about 6-7 hours to complete. It has the easiest terrain, with a moderate gradient and a good path.
Climbing Snowdon via the Ranger Path
This route climbs the west side of the mountain from a start point between the villages of Beddgelert and Waunfawr. It is slightly shorter than the Llanberis Path although It is slightly more strenuous, with a steep gradient and rocky path. It is one of the least busy.
Climbing Snowdon via the Pyg Track
This route starts from the car park at Pen-y-Pass This route is the shortest and starts at 360m but is also one of the most challenging, with some steep and rocky terrain.
Climbing Snowdon via the Watkin Path
This is probably the most challenging of the main paths but goes through some wonderful waterfalls and ever-changing scenery. There is a short section where the terrain is steep and loose, and the path is not well-defined.
Climbing Snowdon via Crib Goch
Crib Goch (the Red Ridge) is a breathtaking scramble along a knife-edge arete. It's not too technically difficult, but it does involve using your hands to climb and you will need to have a good head for heights as it is very exposed. Not recommended for inexperienced walkers without a guide.
What's the climate like on Snowdon?
The climate on Snowdon can be unpredictable and can change quickly, with strong winds and rain being common. It is important to be prepared for all weather conditions, even on a clear day.
How Hard is it to climb Snowdon?
The difficulty of climbing Snowdon depends on the route taken. The Llanberis Path is the easiest, while the Watkin is the most challenging. For experienced walkers with some scrambling experience and a good head for heights, a traverse of Crib Goch is one of the best ridge walks in the UK. It is important to be in good physical condition and have a good level of fitness before attempting to climb the mountain. The average time for a round trip is 6 – 8 hours.
What equipment should I have with me to climb Snowdon?
It is important to be well-equipped for a climb of Snowdon. This includes wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, such as waterproof and windproof layers, sturdy walking boots, and a warm hat and gloves. A map and compass, as well as a first aid kit, are also essential.
How to get properly prepared to climb Snowdon?
It is important to properly prepare for a climb of Snowdon. This includes getting in good physical shape and practicing on smaller hills or mountains before attempting the climb. It is also important to familiarise yourself with the route and plan your ascent and descent carefully.
Why climb Snowdon with a guide?
Climbing Snowdon with a local mountain guide is the best way to fully enjoy your mountain experience. You’ll feel safe with a guide who knows the terrain like the back of his hand, can prevent dangerous situations, and face any trouble that may come up. They will also advise on which route to take, and where to park and generally make the logistics of getting to the walk easy. A guide is especially recommended if you don’t have any previous mountaineering experience or training.
If you look to climb Snowdon with a guide. We advise you to make it with WMCI-certified (Association Of Mountaineering Instructors Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor) guide Richard Bale. You’ll find the details about his guided climbing program here?