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Opening the backpacking season on the Glyders

Opening the backpacking season on the Glyders


Postby SummitStupid » Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:41 am

Date walked: 06/04/2017

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Just a quick report of the year's first little backpack:

I hadn't camped since September. The itch had been worsening. A bothy trip to the Cairngorms in March had turned into a hostel trip instead when I was unable to find my sleeping bag's stuffsac on the morning I came to pack. The stuffsac turned up in a drawer under the bed last week. It was a sign. Time to dig the tent out.

I hadn't been to Snowdonia for months - I used to go every two or three weeks. So on Thursday evening I set off up the Miner's Track to Llyn Llydaw and a favoured camping spot of mine. An early night and a pre-dawn start saw me walking up to Lliwedd Bach, perhaps the best viewpoint on the Snowdon Horseshoe.

However, it was a bit pre-dawnier than I'd estimated, and I stood on the rocky top for a full hour in total darkness, stamping my wet feet to stop my toes freezing, before the valleys beneath me finally began to lighten at about 6 o' clock. Some pictures from this little morning's jaunt:

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I wasted most of the day in Betws-y-Coed, eating, drinking and reading, before catching the last bus up to Pen y Pass and walking past Llyn Cwmfynnon to join the Miner's path up Glyder Fach (it's the same path as the one that heads up Snowdon - miners from Bethesda used it to make their weekly commute to their lodgings).

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Llyn Caseg Fraith is another favourite spot of mine, and I was pleased to have it to myself. I fell asleep with the tent door open, watching Tryfan become a sillhouette. During the night I kept waking up, and every time I saw headtorches on Tryfan's east face. Throughout the night they made slow progress up whatever route they were doing, before finally reaching the top just in time for dawn.

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It was very chilly and I found it hard to get out of my sleeping bag. But eventually the landscape became too lovely to view through a nylon flap, so I dragged myself out and had a walk around the lake, admiring Tryfan's reflection, and watching the local feral goats who'd come up for breakfast.

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I was anxious to get high up to see if there were any decent cloud inversions about, so after packing I walked up to the top of Glyder Fach. Every range in Snowdonia from the Moelwynion south was separated by a cushion of mist. It was really rather lovely. The air clarity was good too - the Rhinogydd and Cadair Idris ranges were visible in full HD.

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I made the short walk across to Glyder Fawr's wonderful summit, then headed down its southwest ridge to get back to Pen y Pass. The backpacking season is officially open!

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Re: Opening the backpacking season on the Glyders

Postby johnkaysleftleg » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:34 pm

Some lovely shots of fantastic conditions
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