Wardens Emphasise Importance of Preparation
21 December 2017
As mild weather turns colder during the next few days, Snowdonia National Park Wardens wish to remind those thinking of going out walking on the mountains during next week, to check the weather before setting off.
Although the last few days have proved to be wet and very mild, snow will be on the summits of Snowdonia over Christmas Day and Boxing Day, together with ice on the ground and a wind chill of -10ºC. As a result, National Park Wardens are encouraging everyone to check the ground conditions first. But how do you find out what the conditions are before setting out?
Carwyn ap Myrddin, the Snowdon Warden explains further,
“To check the weather before setting out on Snowdon there are three sources of information available. The Met Office’s forecast can be found on a specific website, www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/gcmjghxpx, and ground conditions can be found on the National Park’s website, www.snowdonia.gov.wales/visiting/walking/ground-conditions?name=. In addition to these, messages and images, together with information on ground conditions, are tweeted by the Twitter account, @snowdonweather. This information is based on reports supplied by our Warden Team who frequently gather detailed information on ground conditions in order to transfer the data to the Met Office.
In addition to checking the conditions before setting out, you need to prepare adequately and, when snow and ice are on the ground, dressing in warm clothes is simply not enough. It is essential to carry an ice-axe, crampons, ski goggles and spare warm clothing, in addition to the usual kit which is needed for hill-walking.”
For more advice on preparing for a day in the mountains, Wardens are encouraging people to visit the Snowdonia National Park website, www.snowdonia.gov.wales/visiting/safety-advice?name=, and specific information about the preparation for walking in snow is available at: www.mountainsafety.co.uk/Kit-Winter-Hill-Walking-Kit.aspx
Notes to Editors
- Images taken last week at Bwlch Glas.
- Carwyn ap Myrddin is available to be interviewed today only. To arrange an interview, contact Llinos Angharad, SNPA’s Press and Events Officer on 01766 772237 or 07766 255509.