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Mount Snowdon will usually be the last peak for most challengers, and it is recommended that you attemp to climb it from the Pen-y-pass Youth Hostel using the Pyg Track. Parking is in a small privately owned toll car park, which fills up early in the morning during summer weekends. Cars parked by the roadside are regularly given parking fines, or even towed away.
For this reason, it is a good idea for a support team to drop off challengers at the Youth Hostel, then travel down the pass to park in Llanberis, which has better facilities for the end of your challenge.
From the top, teams should follow the Llanberis path down, which stays close to the mountain railway.
The Pyg Track is well used and can be very popular throughout the year, it also serves as one route to the base of Crib Goch and is used by scramblers and climbers, as well as walkers. Starting from the car park at Pen-y-pass, it climbs steadily to meet the summit ridge, then just a short walk to the top, and station cafe.
The miners track is not worth considering for this challenge due to it's final steep climb, loose shale and scree underfoot, and hidden mine workings and fissures.
Remember to take some money with you for this mountain, the cafe may be open whilst you're on the top !! However, don't expect to be able to buy a train ticket for the journey down to Llanberis, even if it's running it's often fully booked.
Snowdon Area Map
The descent should be via the Llanberis path, an easy and popular route, following the course of the railway. At this point you will probably need some liquids and food, your body will be quite fatigued, so don't skimp on supplies for this last section.
Llanberis on the Web
Good local information
Snowdonia Weather Stations Project
Weather information from Llanberis, Clogwyn Station and the Summit Station, as well as others.
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Lots of interesting information about this historic railway, as well as timetables !!!
Great photo's and write up of the Snowdon Horseshoe.
Hotel and Guesthouses
B&B and Self Catering included in this useful guide.
Climbing in the Llanberis Area
Llanberis Main - guide to good climbs in this area of Snowdonia.
For a good quality summit map from "streetmap.co.uk" click here.