The last time we had visited Snowdonia we had climbed Mount Snowdon. After climbing Tryfan the day before, we had wanted to go up via Crib Goch but with the weather being unsuitable we had opted for the Pyg Track instead for safeties sake. This turned out to definitely be the right choose as the thick layer of snow and ice up on Pyg’s zigzag made it all very treacherous.   We started off with an early start of…

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    Walking poles are an important part of the serious hiker’s equipment. If you’re just doing a one day tourist trail, you’ll be fine without them but if you’re going to be doing anything challenging, for over several days, you really should think about them. Just check out what the BMC say (they should know!): “When using poles as much as 20% of a walker’s bodyweight is taken on the arms during each step down, which reduces the stress…

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    If you want to be getting to the tops of mountains with a big ol’ smile under your beard then you need to look after your feet! Skimping on boots is never a good idea. You need to do a great deal of research and buy decent quality boots, that most importantly really fit your feet well. Sometimes people can make big mistakes though and not apply the same amount of thought and finance to their socks. Socks…

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