The reports will detail winter conditions on Yr Wyddfa-Snowdon. Photo: SNPA

The reports will detail winter conditions on Yr Wyddfa-Snowdon. Photo: SNPA

National park bosses in Snowdonia have commissioned a company to provide twice-weekly ground condition reports on Wales’s highest mountain.

Stephen Jones of Anelu Aim Higher will ascend Yr Wyddfa-Snowdon via different routes to provide hill-goers with vital information on winter conditions on the 1,085m (3,560ft) mountain.

The service is being funded by Snowdonia National Park Authority’s warden service.

An authority spokesperson said: “Now we’re well into November the shorter days and unpredictable weather will draw many walkers to explore the lower areas of Eryri (Snowdonia).

“But for others, the arrival of winter conditions on our mountains is a welcome sight.

“Although the snow-capped mountains can look beautiful and inviting, without the proper equipment and experience even the thinnest layer of snow or ice can turn a relatively straightforward section of path into a challenging feat.

“To help walkers make an informed decision before venturing out on the mountain in winter the park authority has commissioned a local company to undertake the work of providing regular and detailed reports about the ground conditions on Yr Wyddfa throughout the winter months.”

Mr Jones will climb Yr Wyddfa twice a week to carry out an assessment of the conditions underfoot and upload a report on a dedicated page on the authority’s website. The information provided includes details about snow and ice levels, any snow flurries and condition of ice, as well as general advice on the equipment required.

The national park authority said provision of accessible and up-to-date information can prevent wasted trips to climb Yr Wyddfa as people from all over the country will be able to plan their visit at a time when the conditions are right for them and suits their skill and experience level.

Rhys Wheldon-Roberts, the authority’s senior warden for the North of the national park said: “While ground conditions on the lower slopes of Yr Wyddfa-Snowdon can be relatively manageable in winter, conditions can change quickly and drastically as you climb the mountain, often requiring specialist equipment such as an ice-axe and crampons, which is why this is such a valuable resource, especially when conditions such as ice are not visible to the eye from the foothills.”

Mr Jones of Anelu Aim Higher said: “With the weather turning more wintry, thorough planning and preparation beforehand is required if you intend to walk the slopes of Yr Wyddfa-Snowdon.

“The reports and information provided give a snapshot of the ground conditions and add to your knowledge bank before venturing out to walk the mountains.”

The information will be uploaded on to a dedicated page on the national park authority’s website as well as being posted on Twitter @snowdonweather.

Practical advice on how to prepare for a good and safe day out on the mountain in winter can be seen on the Adventure Smart website.

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