We decided to have another go at testing out some of our new equipment and what better way to do that than to climb up Snowdon.
We stayed at Llyn Gwynant Campsite; which was a really good choice, located in the foothills of the mountains on a lake.
We stayed for two nights giving us another chance to test our sleeping bags, which by the second night we think we have mastered in terms of warmth as outside it was pretty much freezing.
Climbing Snowdon we decide to go up the PYG trail and come down the Miners trail. We decided to set off early and left the campsite at 7am. Although we could have driven to the start of the trail we decided to walk instead. This meant we had an uphill climb to the start of the PYG trail which took about an hour and a half.
Climbing Snowdon was pretty good going, although the weather was strangely sunny and there is little shade to escape to which lead to a little heat stroke setting in by the time we got to the top.
We both really liked our day packs as they both have airflow systems to keep the pack off your back and 2 liter water bladders which were truly awesome as there is nothing worse than having to stop every 10 minutes to take a drink.
The only part of our equipment we did not feel was up to standard was our footwear, we were both wearing a fairly cheap pair of trail shoes and decide after the climb that we really needed to upgrade to some proper walking boots for our sabbatical trip.
Reaching the top of Snowdon we took some pictures and had a cup of tea and a packed lunch.
The miners trail is a good choice going down the mountain as although the first part of the descent is very rapid and steep the majority of the trail is an easy going downward stroll past a couple of lakes.
By the time we were back at the start of the trail we were tired and the walk back to the campsite was painful; however we made up for this with a BBQ, campfire and toasted marshmallows…. sweet
So all in all another good trip.