Start: Snowdon Ranger Station, circa 150m
Highest point: Snowdon Summit, 1085m
Distance: circa 12 kms
Weather: Cool, very windy, very wet at times,
Vertical altitude gain: circa 950m
Time: 7 hrs
The Internet is a very powerful tool with the ability to create friends from people around the world who would otherwise never have met. Such were the three of us who set out on the Snowdon Rangers Path on a wet and windy 18th August 2008.
We three, (myself Bryan Benn, "dadndave" from Australia, and "Lolli" from Sweden), had met online on Summit Post probably the world's best mountain/hill climbing-hiking web site. And had long promised ourselves a meeting somewhere in the UK. With dadndave's ancestory playing it's part we went for a walk up to the summit of Snowdon in Snowdonia, and so, in fairly poor weather, we started up the initially easily graded Rangers Path. Leaving behind Llyn Cwellyn, (reservoir), with it's forboding backdrop of Mynydd Mawr, (698m).
We soon joined the easily graded Llanberis path, and walked on up to the summit. Where, despite the weather, (I just loved it), dadndave and myself found something to have a good laugh about while Lolli captured the moment of the success of the Summit Post Snowdon walk! Photo by Lolli
There can be no better or more welcoming place to stop after a mountain walk than the Cafe Pen Y Ceunanat Isaf. Located on the Llanberis Path just above Llanberis. Wet, cold and soggy walkers very welcome! The link is worth clicking on to make sure you note the location and services on offer from the friendly "mine host".
And so the Summit Post Expedition to hike up Snowdon came to it's successful conclusion inside the Cafe Pen Y Ceunant Isaf. With more rain outside, sandbags outside the cafe at the bottom station of the Snowdon Mountain Railway Station and the main car park virtually empty it didn't seem like a mid August day. But who cared. Myself, Lolli from Sweden and dadndave from Aus, (despite his New Zealand T shirt), had enjoyed a great walk. Followed by some decent food and drink together back at our Llandudno "Base Camp" later that evening.