The “Beast from the East” may have passed but the recent bad weather has proven a timely reminder of how important it is to always be prepared if you are planning an expedition up Snowdonia. The weather can change in an instant, and while blizzards and snowstorms are thankfully a rare occurrence, it is essential that you keep yourself safe whilst out walking in our beautiful countryside and National Parks.
It’s all about the layers
No matter what time of the year you are considering climbing Snowdonia, and no matter how far up the mountain you are planning on walking; one of the most important things you should do is dress appropriately. It is a good idea to layer your clothing so that you can take layers off should you warm up, but you can also put them back on as it is usually much cooler at the top of the mountain than at the bottom. A waterproof jacket is always a good item to bring as the top of the mountain can be misty or cloudy which can make jumpers and jackets quite damp.
Shoes, shoes, shoes
Appropriate footwear is simply essential for any walk but especially so for a walk up a mountain like Snowdonia. While there are plenty of footpaths, they will often by rocky, muddy and, in weather like this, increasingly slippery and icy the higher you climb. Sturdy walking boots are ideal for most walks, but you may need to think about investing in ice grips if you are considering a climb to the peak in bad weather.
Stay in contact
Bad weather can creep up quickly and quietly and can turn a relatively easy walk into a dangerous situation should you get trapped up Snowdonia when the weather turns. It is a good idea to ensure that at least one member of your party has a mobile phone with them always or a two-way radio so that help can be called for should you need it.
Snacks and drinks
Walking up a mountain is tough going and it is important to stay hydrated and full of energy. Pack plenty of drinks and snacks to keep energy and sugar levels up as you climb. Slow release food such as bananas are ideal for long walks.
Keep an eye on weather forecasts in the days leading up to your walk up Snowdonia so you have a good idea of what to expect. Keep in mind forecasts are not always 100% accurate but they should help you to determine whether you should reschedule your walk or not.
Once you have braved the weather and the walk, come back to our relaxing and warm hotel in Porthmadog to put your feet up, have some warming food and drink and rest your tired feet in complete luxury.