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 Weather Information Service to each guest at breakfast time, we know there are also sources like the Met Office, Mountain Area Forecasts, social media and blogs, webcams but it is hoped that this will be even more valuable to those intrepid walkers ascending Snowdon.
Currently visitors can get information from a variety of sources like the Met Office, Mountain Weather Information Service, Area Forecasts, social media, blogs and webcams etc. It is hoped the system will provide accurate information all year round but it is understood that due to the severe weather conditions encountered during the winter this may not be possible until some form of power can be found to de-ice the sensors.
But a spokesman said: “These are all good sources of information to help decide where, when or if to go out. Their main limitation is that they either; cover a very broad geographical area, only provide a snapshot of conditions or do not represent conditions on the tops of the peak. A real-time conditions report would help provide them with accurate information at the key points in the decision-making process. Increasingly, visitors are looking for access for continuously updated web content.”
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