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Ascending and descending Snowdon is a serious walk. Whilst it can be tackled by most relatively fit people, for safety and comfort reasons it will be necessary to give careful consideration to what you wear on the day and what you take with you.
Bear in mind also that mountain weather is unpredictable and can turn suddenly so that whilst it might be lovely and sunny at the bottom it may turn cold, damp and windy at the top. Snow is not unheard of in May either!
A good pair of sturdy, comfortable walking boots offering good ankle support and enough room to stop your toes bashing into the end on the descent is a must. Parts of the mountain path are steep and will involve clambering over scree and boulders. Coming down will be even harder on the feet, knees and ankles and this is where a good pair of boots will come into their own. Try to wear new boots in beforehand to prevent blisters.
Wear lightweight clothing and take additional layers with you, including a fleece and waterproofs.
A lightweight rucksack is advisable that is big enough to carry extra layers of clothing, water and food provisions.
The climb up and down Snowdon may take six hours or more. You will need to take plenty of water with you to prevent you getting dehydrated and enough food to see you through.
Suggested snacks are: sandwiches, crisps, pork pie, sausage roll, pies, chocolate, sweets, fruit. Glucose tablets or Kendal mint cake is also ideal to give you that extra boost if needed.
The visitor centre at the summit of Snowdon is open but we would advise you to purchase any snacks or supplies before starting the climb as the Visitor Centre will invariably be busy and crowded on the day.
Lightweight aluminium telescopic walking sticks or poles that can be tied to your rucksack can be a real boon on the steeper parts of the climb and help take the strain off your knees on the descent. For less experienced walkers they can be an absolute Godsend.
Our Mountain Safety marshals will be equipped with first aid kits but it makes sense to take a small medical kit with you. Take plenty of large plasters in case of any cuts or bruises or blisters and some antiseptic cream or wipes could be useful. Anti-histamines may be advisable for anyone with hay fever or allergies.