After feeling pretty high from completing Scafell Pike I decided to do the same for Snowdon. I had got it in my head that I want to climb all three of the highest peaks in the UK (these are in case you don’t know Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon). Luckily for me Snowdon is not that far away for me to travel. As soon as we got parked away we went!
What was the route like
There are a few routes up Snowdon, we walked on the Llanberis route which is one of the easiest and the most touristy route. As soon as you start the road is very steep, I felt that it was one of the steepest parts! It snakes around and you soon just follow the path up. The path is extremely rocky I enjoyed seeing the views (walking shoes are a must). Halfway there is a cafe and toilet (50p to use the toilet incase you were wondering). At this part it is relatively flat, there are a couple of bridges that you walk under. It starts to get steeper and at the top the summit it is very thin (it feels like walking on a knife edge) and everyone is crammed at the top taking photos.
The geeky Geographer in me (I studied Geography at degree level) was walking up and noticing all of the glacial features (the summit is a pyramidal peak and there are lots of corries) Funnily enough there is a restaurant there and a train station at the top, so if you are not interested in walking, can’t walk it or want to walk one way and get the train back down the other. There is that option (which if you think about it, is quite bizarre to have a train on top of a mountain).
What was the weather like
The weather was really good, it was lovely and warm, no rain at all. I wore joggers and a t-shirt with a rain jacket packed in the bag just incase. As we got close to the summit the weather turned so nasty, it had clouded over it was cold so I popped my jacket on.
How fit do I need to be?
To be honest you don’t need to be the fittest to climb Snowdon – the hardest bit I thought was the steep road at the very start. As long as you give yourself some time, wear proper footwear and carry water then you will be fine. It is worth taking a map and a compass incase you get lost. and Make sure you tell someone where you are going as well.