Possibly the most famous mountain in the UK, with it's train ferrying thousands of visitors to the summit every year. Personally I would not go up in the summer as there are so many tourists on it.
Climbed guiding a group of 11 (not everyone got to the top). Mist around 900 meters, then rain and a lot of wind at the final ridge. Started at 13:30. Back to the parking of the Peny Pass at 18:15.
Have summited Snowdon about 17 times and it always feels like coming home. Yes it's crowded, yes it's commercial in the summer, but there is such variety. Crib Goch has to be the best route - as long as the weather's good! Do it in the winter, in the snow with the cafe and train closed, for a different perspective.
Have done a few differemt ascents now, but my two absolute favourites have to be the Snowdon HorseShoe, and the Snowdon Ranger path.
Route taken: Snowdon Horseshoe via Crib Goch. Beautiful weather attracted crowds.
Summited twice, once from the miner's track and once part of the Snowdon horseshoe from Crib Goch. Good mountain, bit busy on the top. Lets dismantle the railway :-)
Reached the Snowdon Peak via the scramble up and along Crib Goch. After another scramble upon finishing the ridge, reached the point where Miners, Pyg, Llanberis and Crib Goch routes converge. From there, incredibly busy up to the summit.
Climbed via Ladies Gully, an enjoyable Scottish III in perfect nick. The day started beautiful but weather turned halfway up the climb, so no summit views and a descent via the pig track instead of the intended half-horseshoe.
I went two times up Snowdon - first up Miner's Track and then down via Y Llywedd, then up via Crib Gogh (an interesting way up, but should not be underestimated the way people do there!! I would rate it as a I, possibly even I+ route. For me, after what I had done just a week before in the Ötztal Alps, it was child's play, but I was not unaware of the fact that there are no security aids of any kind on that route - no ropes, no bars, nothing.) and down Pyg Track. Had a lovely three evenings and nights at the Pen-Y-Pass Inn!
miners up pyg down,whole family made it views were amazing
Took Watkin up, and the parallel route down. Definitely recommend this ascent as it passes from forest, by cascades, and through old slate mines to create a varied hiking experience (although I haven't tried the others). I started rather late and the threat of rain kept anyone else from trying, but had great late afternoon views and the mountain all to myself since the tram had closed by the time I got to the top.
Did this as part of a blitz of Snowdon, Scafell Pike, and Ben Nevis. Enjoyed the highest point of Wales the most.
Been there about 6 times and always had great sun! Bet there's not many who can say that.
Ascended via Crib Goch as my first 3000ft'er- memorable for a non-scrambling friend getting scared silly, the sheer scale and majesty of the mountain, ease of the scrambling and true 'mountaineering' feel it gives. It's such a shame it's spoilt by the cafe and clueless people, yet somehow the mountain loses nothing of it's grandeur or appeal to climb it.
Now gone up all seven main walking trails since my first ascent in August 2008. I'm counting the Miners and Pyg track as different routes. It's 8 actual times to the top now, (Rangers path twice), with 5 of the ascents in winter conditions. Thanks to the excellent Snowdon page on SP I've identified several more routes up that should be within my capabilities, so watch this space!
Edited to add that I went up this lovely mountain again on March 6th, (Rangers Path), and March 8th, (Pyg track). Both days in winter conditions higher up. Not sure what I will do with my time when the snows melt and the railway line re-opens!
Ascent via PYG Trail, descent by Miner's Track. Weather at the start was lovely and clear, but the summit was cold and wet. Hot cocoa on the summit a nice treat, but not the hordes of tourists.
Reached the summit via the Llanberis path on a miserably wet and windy day. No good views at all, only the desire to make the summit made us keep going. Hoping to return soon for a second attempt along another route.
Went up the Snowdon Rangers path in, (for me), perfect weather: very high winds and torrential rain. Came back down the boring Llanberis Path. My first mountain since losing my darling Bobbie. Going back soon to do a different route to the top. Went up to the summit with Lolli and dadndave, (also from SP), during a superb period of time spent with Lolli and dadndave and his lovely family.
First climbed Yr Wyddfa at the age of 6 back in summer of 1971, and had climbed 6 times by the age of 13, including ascents by the Llanberis path, miners path, PYG track and Snowdon Ranger. Climbed it numerous more times between '82 and 86 as a student in Bangor, and yet more since. Best in winter when there's plently of snow about, especially on the north face. But standing on the summit watching the sun come up on the summer solstice in 1997 (I think) at the start of a successful circuit of the Welsh 3000's probably takes the biscuit.
Best done in Spring/Autumn to avoid the crowds, enjoyable nonetheless though. Remember the short walk to Garnedd Ugain if you're bagging Welsh 3000's!
On top at about 5 am. Clear skies!