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Mr Irie Fish
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« on: 3 Feb 09, 15:09 »

going to go in a couple of weeks on a monday  ;) never been and don't really know what to expect apart from aching legs ,any sensable suggestions/advice would be greatly appriciated etc  ;D
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« Reply #1 on: 3 Feb 09, 16:07 »

Forget the bike, take your snowboard...  :D

http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/northwest/sites/webcams/pages/snowdon.shtml
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« Reply #2 on: 3 Feb 09, 16:16 »

Ive done it a couple of time Fish, last time was October last year.  Both times we ended up doing the Llanberis path both up and down.  Last October we wanted to do the Rangers path descent but the group jibbed at the sumit as the weather was pretty horific !

Going up... I'd say about 30% is ridable if your on a XCish bike... 

As which route to come down,  If you come down the Llanberis, then there will be a LOT of walkers if its the weekend.  The walkers spoil the descent,  and to be honest, although its a great blast, its not very technical. It takes about 3-4 hours to walk /ride up, then 20-30mins (for me!!) down the Llanberis.   Thats why on the second time up I REALLY wanted to do the Rangers descent.  So you head up Llanberis Path, then down the rangers which starts up near the railway at the summit.  The Rangers is far more techy and most important is that its more or less empty.  There is s small climb halfway down then a long blast.  If....If... I could ever face the push up again.. then I would certainly do the Rangers path.

BTW, dont let the weather in Llanberis fool you. If its 10 degrees in llanberis and sunny, it ull be 0 - raining and foggy at the summit !

My Map of the rangers route is here
http://www.verte.eclipse.co.uk/route/snowdon-rangers2.pdf

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« Reply #3 on: 3 Feb 09, 19:10 »

Take 3 pairs of gloves, including a set of Marygolds and wear over shoes, even if you've got "winter" spd boots.
Warm or freezing hands and feet will make or break your day.

Its not easy keeping your hands/feet warm though.  You'll sweat your ass off going up the first half, then starts the blizzard to the summit and finally the descent which obviously involves much less effort and will chill your very soul.

Our club is doing a trip there in 2 weeks.  Should be in excess of 40 of us!
Its an annual tradition
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« Reply #4 on: 4 Feb 09, 11:56 »

Trig thats a GREAT Tip on the gloves.  I took two pairs up, went to swap to the new pair on the summit and took me 15mins to try to get the new gloves on over my soaking wet hands.. The Marigolds woulda done it perfect.
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« Reply #5 on: 4 Feb 09, 14:50 »



Going up... I'd say about 30% is ridable if your on a XCish bike... 




yea right if your anybody but "Mr Fish and his love handles of doom" 0O)


cheers for all the info, i am a bit concerned about what the conditions will be like  :-\  i gather then that i should take my spangly new bargain bike of the year 5.5 azonic sabre (thanks again "Superstar componants") rather than the one ton stab primo?  ;)
also i'm not sure about riding down the rangers path without checking it out etc
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« Reply #6 on: 4 Feb 09, 15:08 »

Doesn't really matter what bike you take.  You'll have fun on anything - its more about surviving the blizzard climb, then smashing your bike over the rocks on the way down.  What bike you ride won't really affect the fun you have.  In past years our club ride has seen the full spectrum of bikes go on the day and time taken to leave and return to the car park is about the same for all.

Another tip by the way is take a Buff and a pair of goggles.  The side wind near the top is nasty and freezes one side of your face and eye ball.  They're nowhere near as necessary as the gloves though!
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« Reply #7 on: 6 Feb 09, 09:17 »

thanks for that,ok next question.....what tyres  ;D
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« Reply #8 on: 12 Feb 09, 09:22 »

Take it easy up there!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7884470.stm
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« Reply #9 on: 12 Feb 09, 18:22 »

Bloody hell! not good
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« Reply #10 on: 13 Feb 09, 15:09 »

This should give you some idea of the current state of weather.  Doesn't look too bad at the moment.  There'll still be loads of snow at the summit.
We go next weekend.  Well looking forward to it

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« Reply #11 on: 13 Feb 09, 20:15 »

mmm i've certainly got my reservations  :-\ my missus googled snowdon, ohhh the grief, what are crampons for ? why do you need an ice axe? four people dead in the last 10days certainly galvanises your thoughts etc.
spare time is so scarce i need yo have a back up plan, whats good to do in the area as accomadation is booked etc
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« Reply #12 on: 13 Feb 09, 20:24 »

That's proper mountain biking, that is!

Be sure to check out Pete's Eats at Llanberis while you are in the area
http://www.petes-eats.co.uk/
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« Reply #13 on: 13 Feb 09, 20:26 »

Don't be a nonse!
Its just frickin hill.

I've coughed up more dangerous things than Snowdon.

All the people who die there do so for a pretty obvious reason eg they're old/fat/from London/went in a t-shirt/went climbing using string and paper-clips
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« Reply #14 on: 13 Feb 09, 21:20 »

Don't be a nonse!
Its just frickin hill.


mmmm i'll let ya know on tuesday  ;) in my defence i nealy bought some lycra tights but thought it was just a step to far  ;)
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