Ascent of Snowdon on 1978-05-09

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Victoria Johnson
Seth Johnson
Date:Tuesday, May 9, 1978
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:3560 ft / 1085 m

Ascent Trip Report

This morning we drove from Portmeirion to Llanberis Pass and Pen-y-pas with its modern youth hostel and restaurant,for years a climbing center frequented in past generations by the likes of Geoffrey Winthrop Young and George Leigh Mallory. This year it was the reunion spot for members of the (1st ascent) 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition. With a late 11:15A start from the Pen-y-pas parking lot, we headed for Yr Wyddfa (3,560')–the summit of Snowdon–via the enjoyable scramble on Crib Goch (3,023'), descending to the grassy col of Bwlch Coch (2,816', then ascending Crib y Ddysgl (3,493') before emerging at Bwlch Glas at the Snowdon Mountain Railway tracks just below the crowded summit (3:00P). Although the summit was alive with visitors, there was no refreshment stand as I had been led to believe, so we had to finish the day very short on rations. We continued our spectacular hike to complete the Snowdon Horseshoe, dropping down to Bwlch y Saethau (2,691'), then ascending the path to Lliwedd (2,946') for our last expansive views from the heights before dropping to Llyn Llydaw, shimmering in the late afternoon sun, and taking the Miner’s Track back to the parking lot (7:00P). A magnificent day in the highest hills of Wales. To enjoy the experience with two of my children was a rare treat indeed.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3370 ft / 1026 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3370 ft / 1026 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1+
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3115 ft / 949 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2390 ft / 729 m; Extra: 725 ft / 220m
    Loss on way in:725 ft / 220 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:via Crib Goch
    Start Trailhead:Pen-y-pas parking lot  1170 ft / 356 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2645 ft / 806 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2390 ft / 729 m; Extra: 255 ft / 77m
    Gain on way out:255 ft / 77 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:via Lliwedd
    End Trailhead:Pen-y-pas parking lot  1170 ft / 356 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes

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