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I was in a similar situation to you a couple of years ago. I did Mont Blanc last year and would say first and foremost forget kit, make sure your fit! Luckily you have Snowdonia close by so plenty of mountain running and scrambling will stand you in good stead. I don't know what company you are going with but most seem to be able to hire you kit. I wouldn't worry about buying axes and crampons too soon but its worth getting a decent set of boots and breaking them in. I've rented boots a few times now and been both unlucky and lucky with the fit!
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