YHA Snowdon Llanberis
Please join us for a weekend of adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We will be taking part in a learning climb, 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 grabs hold of your heart and, once you’ve seen this exquisite scenery, you just have to go back. I hope you can join us in May for this amazing trip. I am sure that, if it is your first time visiting Snowdonia, you will wonder why you left it so long.
– 2 nights accommodation
– 2x breakfast
– 2x packed lunches
– 2 choice of hikes every day (difficult or easy)
– transport to Snowdonia
– dinner on Saturday
Please pay the deposit of £65.00 + paypal fees today. This will reserve your spot.
You can pay the remainder of the money at your convenience, but no later than a month before the trip. To make the second payment, just go back to the website, choose the ‘remainder’ from the list and make the payment.
Our mountain leader-Dean
I am a Lancashire lad, hailing from the once Victorian mill town of Blackburn. I was lucky enough as a child to be immersed in nature and the countryside, thanks to my rural dwelling relatives. My other passion as a youngster was bicycles and motorbikes, so no surprise that I became an Engineer upon leaving school. Eventually, this career took me to Italy for three years, where I learnt many things, most of all how to live and not just work!
I now earn a living as on outdoor pursuits instructor and guide, with my speciality being Mountain Biking. I am based during the summer months in Cumbria, located conveniently between the two National Parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. In the winter I like to go on holiday, funnily enough, in the mountains!
Please note that, unless the trip is cancelled, the payments are non-refundable, as the costs need to be paid in advance. However, you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure: http://katsadventures.com/#plx_progress_faq_section
Plan of the trip:
– train from London Euston to Bangor (not included)
– taxis from Bangor to Llanberis (not included, but we will help you get organised and find people to share with) and check in. We can look into organising car shares to Snowdonia if you wish, otherwise the train journey details are below.
We offer a choice of easy and difficult hikes:
Easy: Snowdon by Llanberis route.
Difficult: Y Lliwedd & Snowdon from Pen-y-pass. This is a 7.5 mile, moderate to hard walk up to the peak of Snowdon, with 915 metres of ascent. This walk offers exceptional mountain scenery, not seen by many who make the ascent to Snowdon, given its difficulty. The return from Snowdon uses the Pyg track.
I will book us in to eat at a nice restaurant in Llanberis and I will ensure that there are plenty of options available. We will also visit a local mead store to do some mead tasting (TBC).
Easy: route depending on the weather
Difficult: The Traverse of the Glyder Ridge from Ogwen. This walk is roughly the same distance as the first day. It visits the two highest peaks in the Glyder range and will also include the magnificent and ever popular Tryfan. This is known as the walk to do in the area of the Glyders. Starts at Ogwen Cottage, which has ample parking and a cafe. It is about a 30 minute drive from the hostel. After this hike (around 6-7 hours), we will be able to return to London so that we get back for late evening.
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 is simply stunning! It is a great place for 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 be taken 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 that is yours to explore.
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.
Clothing and Equipment list for Climbing Snowdon
The following equipment/clothing list 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.
– Waterproof 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 (Please inform me on the day of any medication that 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 hat
– Rucksack liner (Tip: this is essential in wet weather. Rucksacks are not waterproof!)
DISCLAIMER and T&Cs:
You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance, so please make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and the activities that you will be participating in.
In addition to your own Personal Civil liability insurance, you will need an individual insurance for multi-risk and multi-activity holidays (expenses of cancellation, research – help, repatriation, medical expenses, theft of luggage, etc.) appropriate for the activities to be undertaken as part of the holiday. The general travel insurance is often minimal and rarely adapted to the active holidays. Please check the details with your insurance provider.