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Tips on traveling into Snowdonia National Park that also apply in the U.S.

The weather in Snowdonia National Park can change very quickly, especially in November when we visited. Regardless of the season, get prepared before heading off into Snowdonia National Park. Be realistic about your planned hike and the ability of your party. Check the weather conditions before setting off, and always carry waterproof clothing including a hat. Remember, a prediction for good weather can be wrong. The great wool products of Wales are an excellent way to wick the water away from the skin keeping the body warm, if it rains or worse. Bring a little more food and drink than you think you’ll need, and bring along a hot drink in cold weather. This is not only smart…it can serve as a tasty reward during or after your outing. Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them. This can be a fun and educational precaution.

Finally, most injuries are to the ankles that are easily sprained or even broken on rough terrain. Wearing a good pair of properly fitting boots that you’ve worn at least a few times previously will support your ankle and greatly decrease the possibility of an ankle injury.

These tips are also applicable to a number of other National Parks in the U.S. like Yosemite and Glacier National Parks (see “Whitefish” web page for more).

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