Weather Station on the summit of Snowdon to aid Walkers

With a sharp increase in visitor numbers it has been proposed to install a dedicated Weather Station on the summit of  Snowdon in an attempt to reduce rescues and enhance the visitor experience. It’s fair to say that most visitors to Snowdonia will ascend Snowdon at some point in time, either by train or on foot most will make the effort to get to the summit. With 500,00 visitors every year and coverage on TV and other promotional events the volume of visitors has lead to a sharp increase in rescues for the volunteer Mountain Rescue teams covering the area. In an attempt to reduce this and to improve mountain safety in general National Resources Wales has proposed a weather station – Snowdon Live – on the summit of Snowdon. Providing real time weather information to walkers and climbers, the weather station will be situated on the roof of the existing building at Hafod Eyri. A Visit Wales spokesman said:  “One of the major factors that lead to rescue situations on the mountains of Snowdonia is poor weather, with recent research showing that wet weather and poor visibility are the major contributors with wind and ice and snow also being contributing factors.” A spokesman said: “Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure was a well-received promotional drive, encouraging members of the public to visit the outdoor in Wales and experience the adventure it has to offer.However, there were concerns raised by the police and rescue services that these promotional activities are contributing to an increase in incidents on the mountain. To help combat this Visit Wales have funded a national safety project to help education visitors and help them be prepared for the environment they are visiting. “Snowdon is one of the most iconic mountains, and tourist attractions in the UK. It has around half a million visitors each year scaling its peak and subsequently one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in the UK, with an average of 150-200 incidents annually between 2007-2012. One of the major factors that lead to rescue situations on the mountains of Snowdonia is poor weather with recent research showing that wet weather and poor visibility are the major contributors with wind and ice and snow also being contributing factors.” Here at Bryn Bella we fully appreciate the value of good, accurate and timely weather information, that’s why we provide a weather forecast from the Mountain […]

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