Published: July 13th 2023

Climbing Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa is a challenging undertaking. It’s vital you are wearing the correct clothing and are carrying suitable equipment.

You will need a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, extra warm layer (jumper/fleece), warm hat and a warm pair of gloves in your mountain rucksack regardless of the forecast. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it can always be cold on the summit of a mountain and we need to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances.

We recommend our partner Cotswold Outdoor for outdoor equipment. 

Rucksack – Needs to be around 30 litres in capacity so that you can get all your spare kit, water, food, hats, gloves etc in. This is the rucksack that you will wear when on the mountain, so it must be comfortable and preferably with padded shoulder straps and waist belt. Rucksacks aren’t waterproof so make sure you have a rucksack liner or multiple waterproof bags for waterproofing your kit.
Waterproof walking boots or shoes – Walking boots or walking shoes. If you’re happy in trainers then that’s fine but they must be sturdy and waterproof. If you want more support in rough ground then walking boots are better. Please ensure you have worn the boots in and tested them out before the trip begins to prevent blisters.
Waterproof jacket with a hood – Hardshell type waterproof jacket (not Softshell ski jacket). There are plenty of brands available, seams should be taped and you must have a hood.
Waterproof trousers – Waterproof over trousers; try to get ones with a side zip to make putting them on over boots easier.
Headtorch – A good quality head torch and spare batteries are essential. 
Sunglasses – Sunglasses should be packed – fingers crossed it will be sunny.
Sunhat – a wide-brimmed hat that covers your ears and neck is best.
Suncream – Good quality suncream that has a high UV protection rating. Lip balm with sun protection is also a great thing to have.
Woolly hat – A warm and comfortable hat. 
Gloves – Two pairs of gloves – one thick pair and one thin pair.
Thick walking socks – Try Thorlo or Smartwool walking sock brands. Wearing two thin pairs works for some people. Try out your boots and socks before turning up on the trip to prevent blisters.
Baselayer – Wicking base layer. This is worn next to the skin and should not be cotton. Smartwool, Helly Hansen, Icebreaker, Paramo etc.
Fleece – A midweight long sleeved fleece is a must for extra warmth. Again, avoid cotton.
Trousers – Generic walking trousers, no jeans or heavy tracksuit bottoms.
First aid kit & personal medicine – A small personal first aid kit. Blister patches are a good thing to carry too. The leader will be carrying a group first aid kit. 
Water bottles and/or flask – Carrying enough water in the mountains is essential. A water bottle for cold water and a flask for a hot drink is the best setup on colder days. Carrying three litres in total is the minimum required.
Phone/camera – A good quality camera is very important to snap those moments. A phone these days works just as well but consider keeping it waterproof in a ziplock or phone bag and ensure it has enough battery.
Waterproof bags – Waterproof bags or stuff sacks are very useful for keeping things dry and organised. Ziplock bags or rubble sacks are excellent choices.
Walking poles – Some people like to use walking poles. They can make walking on rough terrain easier, particularly going downhill. 

If you’d like further information about climbing Snowdon or would like to hire a guide to ensure your safety and enjoyment, please get in touch below: