Five ways to avoid the queues on Snowdon

Following the busy Easter holidays, you might have seen social media or news articles of long queues on the summit of Snowdon. There’s no escaping that Snowdon is the the busiest mountain in the country (and very possibly, the world) but that doesn’t mean you have to get stuck in a queue. It is true that queues form at the summit of Snowdon regularly on sunny Saturdays, bank holidays and during the school holidays and a queue reaching the bottom of the steps will mean around a one-hour wait. However, read on for five ways to avoid the queues on Snowdon.

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Are you fit enough to climb Snowdon?

You might be put off the idea of climbing Snowdon because you don’t think your fitness is up to scratch. It is true that reaching the summit of many mountains around the world is a real physical and mental challenge, and an individual’s fitness level is subjective – but Snowdon may not be out of the realm of most of you reading this now. Preparation is key, and certainly, the more ready you are for your mountain day, the easier it’s going to be, and therefore the more likely you are to enjoy it.

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Map reading tips for old(er) people!

Something we’re noticing more frequently on our map reading courses is people struggling to cope with actually reading the maps due to deteriorating eyesight. Using an Ordnance Survey Explorer map for example, you might find the fine detail difficult to read and miss some features altogether. While this might not be an issue if you’re in your twenties, for those of us over 40, it can make reading a map extremely difficult. But fear not old(er) people, we have some solutions!

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Climbing Snowdon in the rain

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 news to you. We’re very used to dealing with changing weather conditions but forgetting your umbrella when you’re heading into town is very different to being unprepared climbing Wales’ highest mountain.

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‘Plastic Free’ Yr Wyddfa

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.

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