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Snowdonia National Park travel safety advice

Snowdonia National Park travel safety advice

Snowdonia presents no exaggerated danger to personal safety on a social front. Locals are well-used to tourists and appear to tolerate them admirably given the heavy footfall. The greatest personal threat comes from conditions on the peaks. These can turn at short notice, often from a clear warm day to heavy cold rain, the latter of which Wales has in a plentiful supply. It is therefore strongly advised that warm clothing and waterproofs are packed for the peaks along with a good supply of water and some food high in carbohydrates. Always carry a suitable map. The Ordnance Survey 1:25000 scale Explorer series are ideal, covering the whole national park on 3 (double-sided) sheets. Alternatively the 1:50000 scale Landranger series, though these are less detailed due to the smaller scale. Harveys Maps also produce excellent quality maps of the main mountain areas, specifically aimed at hillwalkers. Some 70 people a year are injured seriously on Snowdon alone and around 10 lose their life. Accidents occur mostly on descent where fatigue and speed is greater. Follow the Mountain Safety Code to reduce your chances of becoming part of these statistics: Before You Go
  • Learn the use of map and compass
  • Know the weather signs and local forecast
  • Plan within your capabilities
  • Know simple first aid and the symptoms of exposure
  • Know the mountain distress signals
  • Know the country code
  • When You Go
  • Never go alone
  • Leave written word of your route and report your return
  • Take windproofs, woollens and survival bag
  • Take map and compass, torch and food
  • Wear climbing boots
  • Keep alert all day
  • Avoid disturbance to farming, forestry and field sports
  • If There is Snow On The Hills
  • Always have an ice axe for each person
  • Carry a climbing rope and know the correct use of rope and ice axe
  • Learn to recognise dangerous snow slope

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