Home to the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdonia is an area of stunning natural beauty, which attracts nature enthusiasts, hikers and adventurers from all corners of the globe. If you’re planning on hiking Snowdon and you’re eager to avoid slips, trips and falls and reach the peak injury-free, here is some useful advice.
Before you begin hiking Snowdon
Before you set off, it’s a good idea to plan your route and work out some stop-off points along the way to rest your legs and refuel. Use a detailed map and listen to advice from experts to help you work out the best pathway and find the best places to stop.
It’s always advisable to check the weather forecast before you leave home; extreme weather conditions can make climbing and hiking very difficult even on gentle terrain and it’s inadvisable to set off up a mountain if adverse conditions are expected. If you attempt to hike in icy or wet weather or heavy fog is anticipated, the risk of a fall is greatly increased. You can follow the latest weather updates online by visiting the Met Office website or the Snowdon National Park site or check forecasts on the television. You should heed any advice from park rangers and instructors; if they advise you to stay at home, this is for your own safety and it could prevent very serious slip, trip or fall injuries.
What to take with you
It’s a good idea to take a survival kit with you on a hike up Snowdon. Ideally, you should have the following items with you to reduce the risk of a mountain accident:
- a map and a compass
- warm clothing and lots of layers
- sturdy walking boots and thick socks
- a first aid kit
- water and a flask of tea or coffee
- a torch and a spare battery
- a whistle
- your fully charged mobile phone
- high energy foods to snack on, such as cereal bars and bananas
- crampons and an ice axe, in the winter
- a waterproof jacket
How to react in an emergency situation
If you fall in a public place, such as a national park, and you need urgent assistance, use your mobile phone to call 999, wrap yourself up and keep warm and give the emergency services your location using map coordinates. If you are bleeding, apply pressure to the wound to stem the flow of blood. If you think you may have a spinal injury, try to remain as still as possible.
If you’ve been injured in a climbing accident and you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, for expert no win, no fee* advice on claiming slip, trip and fall compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice