Please join me for a weekend of adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We will be learning climbing with the best instructors I have ever met and conquering Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa(1,085 m or 3,560 ft), the highest mountain in Wales.
When I did my Mountain Leader course in Snowdonia, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this place! Its outstanding beauty just grabs hold of your heart and once you’ve seen this scenery once you know you just have to go back. I hope you can join me in June for this amazing trip. And I am sure if it will be your first time visiting Snowdonia you will wonder why you left it so long.
Plan of the trip:
Friday 21 June
You will need to take a train to Bangor on Friday night (21 June) 19:10 London Euston – 22:22 Bangor (Gwynedd) (3h 12m) (train ticket not included)
I will meet you at 22:22pm at the train station (I’m going to go there a day before to make sure everything is ready for our arrival)
We will take a mini bus to Llanberis where we will be staying in a lovely hostel.
Llanberis is the perfect base to stay and explore Snowdonia. It is Snowdon’s village and the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. It is surrounded by mountains, lakes and rivers and also a short drive from the beautiful coastline. Breathtaking views are everywhere and the scenery simply stunning ! it is a great place from which to explore the magic and beauty of Snowdonia.
Llanberis is also an area rich in history, myths and legends and has a strong cultural heritage. Take a walk around the Slate quarries of Llanberis and you will easily take yourself back in time to imagine when this area roofed the world! Or further back still, imagine when the whole valley was covered in snow and ice which shaped and carved this beautiful landscape which is your to explore.
As the arrival is so late on Friday we will take it easy this evening.
Saturday 22 June
Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) at 1085 metres is the highest mountain in Wales (and England), and her beauty dominates the surrounding hills. From the summit, on a clear day, you can see the robust mountains of Snowdonia, Ynys Môn (Anglesey), Pembrokeshire and Ireland.
It should take us about 5-6 hours to ascend and descend. We will take the easy route up.
We will have some free time in the afternoon.
Sunday 23 June
We will spend the day learning to climb. Starting at 9am and finishing at 5 should give us enough time to learn the basics and enjoy ourselves.
I have hired the instructors from Ogwen, who I know are absolutely amazing. Simon was one of our teachers at the ML course and I must say, he inspired such a confidence that I have taken on much harder challenges than I ever thought I could. And under his supervision they just seemed so easy!
Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Ogwen Cottage is ideally located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. Ogwen has been a mountain based centre for 50 years and combines the best of tradition with modern developments. Nationally recognised as a class leader in the provision of High Quality Outdoor Education, Ogwen’s staff hold the highest levels of National Governing Body Awards including MIC, MIA and British Mountain Guide. Equally important is their enthusiasm and experience which provide you with the best possible learning experience. We will be in the best hands!
You will then be taken to the train station where you will be able to board the 17:59 train that will get you back to London for 22:27 (4 hours 28 minutes).
Early bird price is £180. It applies if paid in full by the 25 of May. From 25 May till 10 June it will be £200 if paid in full by 10 June and if paid after 10 June it will be £215. All the payments need to be complete at least a week before the trip.
What’s included: 2 night’s accommodation, transport in Snowdonia (but not the return train to Bagnor), full day of climbing with instructors and equipment, walk to the top of Snowdon.
I only have 16 places so they will go to the ones who pay their deposit first. The deposit can be paid by paypal (£50 + paypal fees).
For instructions on how to pay the reminder of the money please follow the link: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/
If you choose to pay the reminder of the money by paypal rather than to the bank account, please make sure you cover paypal fees.
Clothing and Equipment list for Climbing Snowdon
The equipment/clothing list following is intended as a guide, to help ensure you enjoy your day on Snowdon.
Conditions in the mountains and on the summits are significantly colder than people expect.
- Water proof jacket
- Waterproof over trousers (Tip; Ensure you can put the over trousers on whilst wearing your boots)
- Gloves (Tip;If rain is forecast, take at least 2 pairs)
- Walking Boots
- Food for the day. You will be burning off twice the amount of energy you normally do, so bring enough food. Sugary snacks aren’t a good idea. Foods like bananas, dried fruit, flapjacks & sandwiches are good.
- Water. On hot days you can drink up to 4 pints/2 litres of water. Platypus water sacs are a great way of carrying water.
- Flask. On cold days a warm drink is nice to have.
- Personal Medicines (Inform me on the day of any medication you are taking)
- Thick/Walking socks
- Wicking base layer (This is worn next to the skin and should not be a cotton t-shirt)
- Mid layer (Worn between the base layer and your jacket, lightweight fleeces are ideal)
- Hiking trousers (Tip; Do not wear jeans or jogging bottoms)
- Sun Cream
- Sun Glasses
- Sun Hat
- Rucksack liner (Tip; this is essential in wet weather. Rucksacks are not waterproof!)