Snowdon Sunrise

Snowdon Sunrise

Date/Time: 02/01/2021 - 31/12/2021, 1:00 am - 10:00 am Location: Snowdon Mountain Railway, Llanberis

IT’S EASY TO UNDERSTAND WHY SNOWDON SUNRISE IS ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR ADVENTURES.

During daylight hours Snowdon is a wonderful challenge. Taking it on in the dark brings a whole new adventure in itself.

Climb to the summit of Snowdon at night to see the sunrise across Snowdonia. Enjoy the start of a brand new day with a Snowdon Sunrise and views across the mountains and coast from Wales’ highest mountain.

Snowdon, or Yr Wyddfa to use its Welsh name, stands at 1085 metres and is the highest mountain in Wales (and England). Its rugged beauty attracts people from all over the world. Views from the summit have been voted the best views in the UK.

Route

Distance: 9 Miles / 14.6 Km

Time: 5-8 Hours

Start Height: 108m

Finish Height: 1085m

Height Gain: 977m

Ascent

The path (although starting with a steep tarmac section which isn’t the best introduction to the mountain) climbs steadily uphill via a rocky path until you reach Hebron gate at 352m after about 1.2 miles (2 km).

The going gets easier here for a while as we climb towards half way house, which many people think is halfway distance to the summit. It is actually just over halfway distance at 2.4 miles (4 km) with 2.1 miles (3.3 km) left to the summit. It is the height which is halfway as it is at 540m.

The path continues to climb steady at first until we arrive at the Allt Moses steps at 3 miles (4.8 km) and 645m in height.

For the next 0.3 miles (0.5 km) the path climbs steeply on steps and rocky paths as we quickly gain 135m in height before arriving at Clogwyn station bridge.

Clogwyn Bridge is at 3.4 miles (5.4 km) and 780m in height and once through under the bridge we have fantastic views down into Cwm Hetiau, Nant Peris and across to the Glyderau mountain range.

Continuing above Clogwyn bridge we ascend steeply via a difficult scree slope towards Bwlch Glas. Here you will see the junction of paths (Ranger path, Crib Goch and Pyg Track) that come together for the final few hundred metres to the summit.

Take a moment to view the spectacular ridge of Crib Goch (red ridge) and down into the Cwm that holds Llyn Glaslyn and Llyn Llydaw reservoir.

From here it is just under 0.4 miles (0.6km) to the summit of Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m!

Descent

On the way back down it offers fantastic views towards Llanberis and the Dinorwig slate quarries. In the distance Elidir Fawr and to the west Moel Elio, Moel Cynghorion, Foel Goch and Foel Gron.

On a clear day you can see across the mountains and over the Menai straights towards Anglesey.

(For our descent we simply reverse the route back to Llanberis)

Information

Registration fee – £45.00

You can secure your place with a £10 deposit. The balance will be due 8 weeks before the date of the event.

Qualified, experienced mountain leader with you all the way (ratio 1:8 or less)

Kit and Training advice

Friendly support on the end of the phone/email to answer any questions running up to your event

Information Pack 2-4 weeks before

This is a general itinerary. A full information pack will be sent to you upon booking your Snowdon Sunrise challenge.

Please note specific details regarding meeting/start time and actual Sunrise time will detailed in the information pack as this changes throughout the year. (Carefully check  that you have booked the correct date/day as this is an early morning event – For example Saturday 1st May Sunrise will be meet 2am for a 9am finish Saturday morning)

2am – Meet your Breese Adventures leader for your briefing and registration.

2.30am – Start walking

5.45am – Reach the summit for Sunrise

6.00am –  Start the descent (turnaround may be quicker depending on the weather)

9am – Arrive back at start location.

If you are 16 or over, of a reasonable fitness and can walk 3-4 hours comfortably with some hill walking experience then this challenge is for you.

A reasonable head for heights would be good.

If you are not sure about fitness levels but are committed to put in some training over the next few months we have specially designed training plans to help you along the way. We recommend the ‘Challenging’ training plan for this event.

All walkers should be 16 and over and any under 18’s should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Sorry, no dogs.

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