2nd summit; 1st was at the end of summer in 2002; now went up in winter. The 1st part of the Snowdon Horse Shoe to the summit via Crib Goch. Felt like punishing ourselves after an overindulgent Christmas day.....Took us best part of 4 hours to the summit in gale winds, blizard conditions, hale and continious rain. Zero visibility with a map that resembled toilet paper after 1 hour. Thank God for a compass. I really enjoyed the ridge and would love to repeat on a clear winter's day (do these exist in Snowdonia?) after some snow-fall. Took the direct route down as there was not enough daylight hours (and madness) left to complete the 2nd half of the Snowdon Horse Shoe.
My 4th trip up Snowdon, this time finally got to enjoy the delights of Crib Goch. Had lovely weather for it (even a little too hot), which might explain why Pen y Pass car park was already almost full when we got there at 8.45am - we were lucky to get one of the last spaces.
This is the first time I've been up here while the train is running - shame about the crowds, but being able to eat a sausage roll in the cafe made up for that!
All in all, a very enjoyable day out.
Soaked by the rain; zero visibilty on top. Better weather coming down with some great views when the sun came out.
Took the Pyg track going up in poor weather. Got to top in zero visibility. Walked down next to train (on Llanberis path) and caught it (the train) a mile down the path. It was the best $6(pounds) I ever spent as I was very cold. Enjoyed a hot bath at the Victoria Hotel in Llanberis! What a great trip on my first time to Great Britain as I was also able to climb Ben Nevis three days before."
Anchorage, Alaska USA
Went to Wales to visit a friend for a week and one morning we hiked up to the top. Very much enjoyable.
nice day up untill the last steep scree climb. I was extreemly disapoinmted to find so many people at the top after such a seanic climb.
The previos day we had gone up the miners track in pouring rain but the next day was blue sky it was a wonderful climb probably the best mountain I've ever cimbed.
Climbed Snowdon five times, always nice.The last time with Mark Rapley (on his 25th time) and Nigel Hoad .
Last time was my second time up The Clogwen Person Arete...its great (grade 3 scramble) and always quiet.
This was our second attempt of the week! The first was two days previous when on reaching the summit 100% cloud cover was a downer! So the weather looked better for thurs 7th and we set off along the Pyg Track. Weather was cool and windy but with only 50% cloud cover we had good periods of sun. A combination of that with less wind in more sheltered spots meant a good increase in temp so one minute hoods and gloves were on and the next minute they were off again! I preferred the Pyg track to the Miners Track due its higher level. It seemed a gentler walk, more of a gradual ascent. I’m not happy with the style of improvements made to the eroded paths here, they have too much impact on the surroundings. I suppose I am a bit of a purist and can’t bear this kind of aberration on the landscape. What looks worse? A natural (ever expanding) path worn by the feet of thousands of Snowdon pilgrims or a path virtually tarmacced in places that wouldn’t look put of place in some well-manicured nature reserve created by the increasing need (quite ridiculous) for a health and safety conscious environment. Do you get what I mean? I see the need for protecting the paths but isn’t the mountain undergoing a process of natural erosion anyway but just taking a lot longer to go about it! Back to the route, the weather had improved significantly by the time we made the summit, all cloud was off the top and this time we had wonderful views. The gift to me was how few people there were on the mountain, we only saw a couple of dozen people. It was an amazing feeling of space and expansiveness standing on the summit in the centre of the horseshoe with the mighty Crib Coch and Y Lliwedd infront of you . Understandably the most visited peak in the UK. A real achievement for me as I am Welsh (and been brought up within 20 miles of the mountain) but had somehow never been up before!
never seen a thing from the top! allways had poor weather. but thats to be expected in Snowdonia
best route Snowdon Horse Shoe in zero vis
I made a solo traversée of snowdon via the horse shoe route. Nice climb, not difficult. I was there in april and i was al alone during the all week.
I camp at the foot of snowdon not far from Lanberis pass.