Ascent of Snowdon on 2019-09-15

Climber: Ed Wandall

Date:Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3560 ft / 1085 m

Ascent Trip Report

Fun hike, but if you are going to try and used the carpark (10 GBP) at Pen y Pass, get their early. On this Sunday, I got there just before 7am and got one of two parking spots left. The passes can be purchased with a credit card, which was helpful, as I hadn't converted any cash to GBP.

I had intended to hike the Snowdon Horseshoe, but very wet and windy conditions precluded that attempt. Next time, for sure.

I started up the Pyg Track and soon found myself in dense, rainy fog. It pretty much stayed like that 80% of the time. The 20% where it would clear up gave very nice views of the valley. I could see the Miners Track below, which I ended up taking down. Much of the trail is large flagstones or rock. A bit uneven, but very nice considering quite a few hikes in the area get quite boggy. Odd hearing (and smelling the diesel fumes) the Llanberis Train which goes to the summit. I topped out around 9:30 and the Cafe on top wasn't open yet. Since I was on a business trip and didn't bring my usual gear (I went very light due to baggage restrictions) my jacket was completely soaked through (and everything else). Rather than risk a bit of hypothermia doing the Horseshoe, I instead returned to the car via the Miners Track.

The Minders Track is a very pretty hike. Once off the ridge, most of the fog was clear and hiking around the lakes and seeing the old ruins was a great experience.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2382 ft / 726 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2382 ft / 726 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2382 ft / 726 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Pyg Track
    Start Trailhead:Pen Y Pass trailhead  1178 ft / 359 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2382 ft / 726 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Miners Track
    End Trailhead:Pen Y Pass trailhead  1178 ft / 359 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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