Ascent of Snowdon on 2019-09-15
|Date:||Sunday, September 15, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||3560 ft / 1085 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFun 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|
| 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 |
| 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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