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Climbing Snowdonia's most popular summit

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is Snowdonia’s highest peak, and although there are several mountains over 3,000 feet in the National Park, the popularity of this famous mountain is far and above the rest.

What to expect when climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is a challenging mountain to climb. Venturing to the summit should not be taken lightly. Factors such as the seasons, your fitness level, your mountaineering skills, your preparations beforehand, and the mountain’s popularity can all affect your experience of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).

Fitness
Climbing up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) requires a high level of fitness. Anyone venturing to the summit should be comfortable walking long distances and climbing on steep and rocky slopes.
Weather
The weather can play a huge part in your experience of climbing up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). It is much colder, wetter and windier at the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). Preparing for these conditions is essential.
Varied conditions
It is impossible to reach the summit in winter conditions without specialised equipment such as crampons or ice axes and knowing how to use them.
Equipment
Wearing inappropriate footwear and lack of research and preparation are some of the main reasons why climbs to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) go wrong.
Parking
During spring and summer, car parks at Llanberis, Pen y Pass, Nant Peris and Pont Bethania are very busy.
Skills and knowledge
You should be able to use a map and compass confidently before attempting to climb up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon).
Popularity
Over 600,000 people climb up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) every year, and the summit can get very busy during the summer season.
Six routes to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)
There are six routes that lead to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). Always research the route before you start, making sure that you have adequate fitness levels for the climb ahead.
Preparing to climb Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

Lack of preparation or using unsuitable equipment is one of the main reasons why climbs to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) go wrong. Remember that you are climbing a mountain over 3,000 feet tall and that you need to dress appropriately and bring the correct equipment to reach the summit safely.

Hiking boots
Uneven terrain can lead to injury. Wear suitable hiking boots with a thick sole and high sides.
Waterproof layers
Weather conditions can change within minutes on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). Getting caught in a rain shower without no waterproof layers can be very dangerous.
Thermal layers
The temperature on the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) can be much colder than the start of the path. Always carry extra layers with you.
Map and Compass
Carry a map and compass with you, even if you think you're familiar with the route. You should also have the right skills to use them.
Food and Drink
Make sure you carry enough food and drink, especially in warmer weather.
Fully charged phone
Make sure your phone is fully charged before starting you journey and avoid using it unless it's and emergency.
Torch
Carry a torch in case you get caught on the mountain after dark.
Small first aid kit
A first aid kit can be useful to cover up any scrapes or small wounds and help treat blisters.
Climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) FAQs

No. Routes to the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) are challenging to climb. A journey to the summit and back is approximately 7-9 miles. You should be comfortable walking these distances before climbing up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). You should also be comfortable climbing up and down steep and rocky slopes.

Remember that coming back down from the summit can be more challenging than reaching the summit itself.

It can be a good idea to try an easier route before climbing up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). This website lists many suitable routes where you can test your fitness level.

It depends on which of the six routes you want to use to reach the summit. There is a suitable car park at the beginning of each path. However, car parks for the popular routes fill up quickly during the busy spring and summer periods.

Parking for Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

There are signs at points where paths to the summit cross, but you should not rely on these to reach the summit. You will need to familiarise yourself with the route before starting your journey. There are directions on this site that you can follow. You should also know how to use a map and compass to navigate the mountain.

No. Trainers are not suitable for climbing up Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon). You should wear appropriate hiking boots. These types of boots have thick soles to protect the heels of your feet and provide a good grip. The high edges of hiking boots support your ankles, which reduces the risk of twisting your ankle.

Climbing Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) can be dangerous, and everyone needs to take responsibility for their own safety. Even with the appropriate equipment, there are many dangers that you need to be aware of. One of the main dangers is the weather. Weather on the mountain can change within minutes. Remember to check the weather before you begin and keep a close eye on any changes during your journey. If the weather conditions start to get too much for your ability, you should turn back immediately.

During the winter, snow can cover much of the summit. As the snow gets compacted, it becomes extremely slippery. In these circumstances, it is impossible to reach the summit without specialist mountaineering equipment.

In the winter, Snowdonia National Park Authority publishes a daily Ground Conditions Report. This report provides information on factors such as the weather on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and hazards such as snow and ice.

Snowdon Summit Forecast (Met Office)
Adventure Smart website

You should call 999 and ask for the police and the Mountain Rescue service. They will ask for your:

  • Location
  • Name, sex and age
  • Nature of your emergency or injuries
  • Number of people in your group (if applicable)
  • Mobile phone number

If you have hearing or speech needs, you can text the emergency services, but you will need to register in advance. Text the word ‘register’ to 999 and follow the instructions.

More information on what to do in an emergency on the mountain can be found on the Adventure Smart website.

Adventure Smart website

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