Crib Goch and Snowdon are in winter condition. Image: Rob Johnson

Crib Goch and Snowdon are in winter condition. Image: Rob Johnson

With the approach of the half-term school holidays, lots of people will be heading for the hills in search of a little adventure.

Snowdon is a magnet for many visitors who want to tick off Wales’s highest mountain with a walk to its summit.

But the 1,085m (3,560ft) peak is still in full winter condition, and anyone considering a walk to the top, even on the well trodden routes such as the Pyg Track and the Llanberis path, still need to be properly equipped, with appropriate clothing, ice-axe and crampons.

Videographer Rob Johnson, who just happens to be chair of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, has produced a video for the Mountainsafe project detailing the work of the Snowdonia National Park Authority wardens who provide reports on ground conditions on the mountain, along with advice for anyone tackling the routes.

The wardens and mountain rescue team members stress they don’t want to be seen as ‘mountain police’ and put people off enjoying the mountains, but equally, they don’t want people to add to the rescue statistics.

So watch and learn.

Snowdonia Ground Conditions – Snowdonia National Park Authority from Rob Johnson – Filmuphigh on Vimeo.

Specialised mountain weather forecasts are available for all Britain’s upland national parks are available on the Met Office website, and the Snowdonia section also has the warden’s ground condition reports.

Forecasts for hillgoers are also available on the Mountain Weather Information Service website and Scottish avalanche risk is also detailed daily on the Scottish Avalanche Information Service site.

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