We sometimes get asked why we start climbing Snowdon so early in the morning? Our regular start time for most Snowdon hikes is 8am but on Saturdays and in August we start even earlier at 7am. So why are we dragging you poor people out of bed while most are still fast asleep? The answer is simple – just look at the photo above.Read More
Sadly not every day out on Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa is a beautiful, blue sky adventure. Sometimes, it rains! If you’re from the UK then this shouldn’t be breaking news. We’re very used to dealing with changing weather conditions but forgetting your umbrella when you’re heading into town is a very different proposition to climbing Wales’ highest mountain.Read More
Did you know that Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) is the busiest mountain in the country and one of the busiest in the world? Climbed by over half a million people each year, its popularity has never been greater. However, with this continued increase in visitor numbers, litter is becoming a real threat to the sustainability of our most loved mountain.Read More
If you’re new to mountain walking and you’re joining us to climb Snowdon soon, you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the right kit so you can best enjoy your day out. Use our handy kit list below to get yourself started.Read More
If you’re planning to Climb Snowdon with MountainXperience some time in the future then you might be wondering how you can best prepare for your adventure. Well wonder no more as we give you five top tips to make your experience enjoyable. Even taking on board these tips the week before your big day out can make a big difference.Read More
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Are you looking to Climb Snowdon but don’t have access to a car or would simply just prefer to use public transport? Well it’s actually quite easy to start your Snowdon walk using local buses.
The Snowdon Sherpa is a unique bus service that travels around the foot of Snowdon. It creates an essential connection between the six main paths up Snowdon as well as the main car parks, villages and tourist attractions in the area. It’s particularly useful for walkers or climbers wanting to start their journey from one place and finish at another, or indeed for anyone who wants to travel around Snowdonia leaving the car at home.Read More
What to wear on your feet when you’re climbing Snowdon is a common question we get asked here at MountainXperience so we’d thought we put together a blog post with some useful information.
Each of Snowdon’s six main footpaths are well looked after by Snowdonia National Park and charitable bodies such as the Snowdonia Society. The paths are built to withstand the traffic and are regularly maintained throughout the year. With around three-quarters of a million hikers walking the paths each year, they certainly have to be! However don’t be expecting smooth, tarmac paths to the summit. Snowdon’s footpaths are a mixture of shale, scree and rocks.Read More
If you’re planning to climb Snowdon in the coming days it’s essential you know what the weather’s going to be like at the summit. Checking the mountain weather forecast before setting off will ensure you have the right gear for the day or might even lead you to change your plans altogether.
It’s important to understand how mountain weather differs from the weather we experience in the valleys. Very simply we would expect the temperature to drop by 1°C for every 100m we climb. Snowdon is over 1000m high so typically the temperature will be around 10°C colder at the top than when you started. That’s before we add in any other factors such as wind chill.Read More
We hope that every day out in the mountains is a safe one but with hundreds of thousands of people climbing Snowdon each year and many millions more venturing out into the hills it’s inevitable that accidents will happen. Knowing how to deal with them can be the difference between life and death.Read More
Asking what you should wear on a mountain day is probably the question our guides get asked most often and that’s because getting it wrong can at best spoil your day and in the worst case scenario lead to much worse. But it’s really not that difficult if you follow a few simple rules. This guide is aimed at those new to mountain walking who might be venturing out on their first climb a mountain day.
It’s good to remember that there’s no need to spend a fortune on top-end outdoor clothing. You’ll see people out in the mountains wearing waterproof jackets that cost £400+ and they are really good if you’re going to be spending day after day outdoors working in the rain. For most people the raincoat you’ve got in the cupboard will likely do you just fine.Read More