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Thread: This weekend - Snowdonia or Peaks (no winter mountaineering experience)

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    Widdler
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    Hi folks,

    Want to head out for a stomp this weekend. Location wise Snowdonia and Peaks are the two choices.

    Peaks is of course the relatively safer choice as there is lots of variety and relatively low level walking where exposure is limited so a spot of snow or ice can be dealt with without ice axe and crampons.

    Any idea what conditions will be like on Snowdon/Cadair Idris in terms of settled snow and ice at the moment? Forecast looks grey for Saturday but am looking to hear from voices of experience as opposed to justwhat MWIS can tell me. Is ice and snow a given, or does it really change day to day?



    Thanks

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    There's nothing in the way of snow in the Peak, nor will there be this weekend as it's forecast to be around 10C.

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    Just to confirm what Sid says, there's absolutely no snow in the Peaks.

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    There's a Snowdonia conditions thread on UKC/UKH that might be able to help you out a bit more.


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    Brilliant as always guys, thanks

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    http://www.llansadwrn-wx.info/ice/snow.htmlmonitors Snowdonia snow cover and at the foot of the main page has links to four Snowdonia webcams. I use this page to hlp plan Snowdonia trips.




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    There's been a spate of MRT call outs on Snowdon in the last two weeks, due to walkers taking big slides near the top of the Pyg track. Warnings are still in place to have crampons and ice axes. I was there two weeks ago and can vouch for that being sound advice. The Snowdon Ranger and Lllanberis paths may be OK, but probably best head for the Peak District.

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    Or go to Snowdonia but stay comfortably below the snow line So not Snowdon and quite probably not Cadair either. Plenty of nice smaller hills/valleys etc to wander on.

    Creigiau Gleision say is a wonderful viewpoint given half decent weather.

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    Maybe best avoid llanberis path....
    https://m.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=671496849581211

    Good tip on Creigiau Gleison, Martin. Was up there recently and agree about the views.

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    ‹bermensch Mick w.'s Avatar
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    I was up on Cadair a couple of days ago; didn't see any snow - probably because it was too bloody misty...

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