The team from All Four Outdoors set off in mid March to tick a bucketlist item off for one Aussie and his dog. Lumping our gear in the back of my trusty old Audi we pootled off up the motorway to Bryn Gloch caravan park just outside Beddgelert, Wales, at the foot of Snowdon.
Arriving late on Friday night, we cruised into the campsite, rapidly pitched our tents and headed to the pub for dinner. Stephen was using one of our lightweight 1 man tents, Wendy and I were sharing one of our two person dome tents, and Dan was using, from memory, a Vango two man. Stephen doesn't camp much if at all and was quite impressed with his little number - how compact it packed down, how easy it was to put up, and how well designed it was. He was even more excited when he found the built in phone pocket in his down sleeping bag!!! Haha!
Waking up the next morning, mostly rested (camping with Wendy isn't always a peaceful experience!), I was super excited to get cracking! Coming from Aus, I haven't done a lot of climbing/mountainous terrain bits and pieces so eager was an understatement! Some would say that Snowdon barely counts and with more experience, I'll probably agree with them to some extent. Having said that, reaching the upper reaches around Bwlch Main with 30-40 mph winds and 3 to 4 ft of snow on the path... it's a little different to going for a bushwalk in Queensland!
For anyone looking to climb Snowdon, the route we took was the Rhyd Ddu path. With decent hiking boots on and hiking poles if you're carrying a heavy pack or there's snow expected, it's not too bad a track. We did our return trip in 6 and a half hours and would have been quicker but Stephen was wearing silly shoes.