Pyg and Miners Track Snowdon

We woke to blue sky and with a favourable forecast it was time to aim higher, but not too high!

Today we would walk two of the Snowdon trails, outward by the Pyg Track and back by the Miners Track.

Route

We were at the Pen y Pas car park just after 0900 and it was already filling up. After an eye watering £10 parking fee we set off on the well engineered Pyg track.

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As we climbed the sky darkened and snow began to fall. There was a warning sign at the car park that an ice axe and crampons were required to walk to the summit of Snowdon, but we had no plan to continue beyond the junction of the Pyg and Miners tracks.

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The sun trying hard to outdo the snow.

 

When we reached the junction where the Crib Coch path starts the snow stopped and the views opened out. We had a quick coffee break off the path so as not to hinder the numerous walkers heading upwards.

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Llyn Llydaw

 

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Coffee break

The further we neared the Miners track the ground was becoming very icy and The navigator and I stopped to put on our Micro Spikes which immediately made the walk easier.

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Ice

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The Pyg Track becoming harder

We met a volunteer Mountain Rescue team member who told us they had already been called out a couple of times that week. Even today there were people heading up into the snow without, in my humble opinion suitable footwear and clothing.

The first part of the descent down the Miners track was very slippy and Andy was extremely cautious as he did not have spikes. A number of people commented on our Micro spikes ,which are no replacement for full on crampons ,but make icy tracks easier to negotiate.

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People ascending the Miners Track from Glaslyn

Once down by the water side of Glaslyn we had lunch and then continued on the Miners Track back to base via Llyn Llydaw. This part of the track had large numbers of tourists.

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Lliwedd

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No comment necessary

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Sky clearing

A good day out which started out in snow and finished in sunshine.

 

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