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Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,


Postby mountainstar » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:45 am

Hewitts included on this walk: Cnicht, Y Lliwedd

Date walked: 21/09/2011

Distance: 20 km

Ascent: 1595m

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Snowdonia. Indian Summer Double Wild-camp

Camping at Bwlch Ciliau and Llyn yr Ader.
And including walking up Y Llywedd and Cnitch.



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Wed 28th September.
With some of the best weather of the year promised for the next few days (although it was now Autumn!) My gear was soon organised for 2 wildcamps to come in the up-coming few days.
At 1.30pm I set off from Nant Gwynant in glorious hot and sunny weather, it was sweaty work tramping up the Watkin path with my heavy rucksack, but well worth it in this fabulous natural amphitheatre.

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Afon Cwm Llan Waterfalls

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Y Llywedd, camping spot LHS of its summit


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Afon Cwm Llan

I reached Bwlch Ciliau, the Col between Snowdon and Y Llywedd in just over 2 hours, where I found a nice grassy flat area with great views in all directions.

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Snowdon from wild-camp

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Y Llywedd from Camping spot

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Llyn Llydaw


After my nice Curry meal, I went for a wonder up Y Llywedd to catch the sunset at around 7pm.

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Y Llywedd's East peak at sunset

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Yr Aran, sunset

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Sunset, Bwlch Ciliau


By 8pm it was dark, so into the tent for the night, and although it remained mild inside, the wind that funnelled over the Bwlch kept it cool outside.

Short video here of first wildcamp and walk....
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwVxuWpoPxM[/youtube]


Thurs 29th
It remained a clear and star-filled sky overnight, so when I arose at dawn at 6.45am, I was surprised to find some low cloud on the summits of Snowdon and Y Llywedd.

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Y Llywedd, Dawn

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Y Llywedd, Sunrise

After hanging around for 30 minutes or so taking pictures of the sunrise, I decided instead of walking up Snowdon (as I had planned) to dive back into my sleeping bag for “5 minutes” …..the next thing I knew I woke up at 9.30!
The cloud was still hanging around the summit as I headed down, so a good call.
As I dropped down the valley the sun and heat returned to leave another stunning afternoon.
After popping into Beddgelert for 30 minutes, I drove up the narrow B road from Nant Gwynant to Llwynyrwch, where my next walk would start.
A path of sorts, very boggy in patches, leads up to Llyn Llagi, with some great views back to Snowdon and the mountains to the West.


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Snowdon

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Moel Hebog and Nantle Ridge

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Snowdon

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Llyn Llagi

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Path above Llyn Llagi


The path then bears east to skirt the cliffs above the lake.
I reached my new camping spot after around 1hr 30mins, a grassy area by the shore of Llyn yr Ader.


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Wild-camping by Llyn yr Adar


After setting up camp I set off lightweight for a walk up to Cnitch.


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Llyn yr Adar, tent above outcrop in lake


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Cnitch


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Cnitch


Once back at the tent, I cooked and eat my meal in the sunshine, then watched the sunset fall behind the hills to the west.

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Llyn yr Ader


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Moel Hebog and the Nantle Ridge at sunset


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Moel Hebog and the Nantle Ridge at sunset



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Sunset drops down behing Moel yr Ogof


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Sunset drops down behing Moel yr Ogof


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Dusk by tent

Friday 30th
It again remained completely clear overnight, again vey warm in the tent never falling any lower that 17 degrees!
I awoke at 6.30am, and was away before the sun rose, retracing my steps down the path back to the valley with great views of the early sun hitting Snowdon and its satellites.


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Early morning sun on Snowdon


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Yr Aran from Llyn Dinas

All in all 3 great days in the hills, in probably the best weather since April! :D

Short video here of 2nd wildcamp and walk....

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUXNjnyCNUk[/youtube]
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby walk aboot » Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:10 am

Great report and photos, mountainstar.

Indian summer pah, it's raining in Scotland :?
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby foggieclimber » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:27 am

Great to get a taster in advance of the forthcoming Snowdonia meet.

Nice to get a view of Y Llywedd as I fancy doing this one as part of Snowdon circuit.
Possible route for Snowdonia meet

I have been pondering some other routes too (but am maybe getting a bit ambitious for one weekend) :lol:
Route 2, Route 3, Route 4
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby pollyh33 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:53 am

What an adventure Alan.

Fantastic report and photos as ever :D

Indian summer??? I'm afraid we've gone straight to monsoon season up here :(
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby mountainstar » Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:21 pm

foggieclimber wrote:Great to get a taster in advance of the forthcoming Snowdonia meet.

Nice to get a view of Y Llywedd as I fancy doing this one as part of Snowdon circuit.
Possible route for Snowdonia meet

I have been pondering some other routes too (but am maybe getting a bit ambitious for one weekend) :lol:
Route 2, Route 3, Route 4


Thanks to all who have replied :D

Deffo route 1 for the Sat I'd say, unless weather is very bad. (2nd group will be able to do easier ways up/down)
route 3 would be good for those still about on the Sunday, its a big walk to include Elider Fawr as well. (I take it your bagging "Welsh Munros"?)
route 3 good for a pm walk for those arriving on the Friday
route 2 is a very good one, but logistically is probably out of the question on that weekend.
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby kev_russ » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:48 pm

Stunning report like :)
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby Belgian_Hiker » Fri Oct 07, 2011 8:49 am

Nice one !
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby malky_c » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:32 pm

Some old favourites there :D

Lovely sunsets/sunrises as usual. Just hope you saved some of that for a fortnight's time :wink:
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby susanmyatt » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:00 am

Talk about dropping on, well done, cracking report of a superb area, thanks :D
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby ChrisW » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:59 am

Great report Mountainstar and some beautiful photo's to accompany it, fantastic colours :D
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Re: Snowdonia, Indian summer double wildcamp,

Postby proven is » Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:50 am

Great account and stunning photos. I know Lliwedd and Cnicht very well, your trip account and pictures are really brilliant!
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