If you come from anywhere outside the UK except the Netherlands, you’ll probably regard Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales (or England), as little more than a pimple.

Yr Wyddfa in Welsh — The Tumulus — is just 3,560 feet high (1,085 metres). You can walk up it. You can even ride a railway to the top, where there’s a smart new café and spectacular views, if you get the right day.

But Snowdon has a serious side. Professional mountaineers come from around the globe to attempt it. Most of the participants in the first successful Everest* expedition in 1953 practised on Snowdon first.

If you’ve come to Murmur-y-Don to climb Snowdon, then you’ll already have done your homework.

Just please treat it with respect.

*Mount Everest took its name from Sir George Everest, a Welshman who was Surveyor General of India from 1830-43. Sir George himself opposed the name, which had been proposed by his successor, and told the Royal Geographical Society in 1857 that Everest could not be written in Hindi nor pronounced by “the native of India”. Nor by the rest of the world, it resulted, as Sir George’s surname was pronounced EVE-rist, not é-vé-rist.

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