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Weekend in Snowdonia

Weekend in Snowdonia

Postby fipriestley » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:05 am

Hewitts included on this walk: Glyder Fach, Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa, Tryfan, Y Lliwedd

Date walked: 25/08/2012

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Saturday was the poorer forecast so I planned to do the Glyder loop adding in Tryfan and leave Snowdonia for the better day on Sunday.

planned route, nipping up Tryfan between points 2 & 3 :D
rain bouncing as I set off
can't see far but good path ahead so all is well :)
Thinking I should be coming up to a lake soon my heart sank when I figured I'd misread the map as I could see what looked like a drop up ahead... managed to stop with a few paces to go when I realised this was the lake! :lol:
Went round the lake and found the path again, constantly checking navigation, taking bearings and walking on the compass. Took 2.5 hours to reach the summit of Tryfan :shock:
peeking over the edge of Tryfan, could hear voices but was a few minutes before I saw anyone else
Picked my way down the rock field and navigated across to pick up the path heading for Glyder Fach to continue the loop. Already thinking I wouldn't get the full round done though as this was taking way too long :o I figured I'd take the exit path down through Devil's Kitchen.
followed the cairns up Glyder Fach and went over the huge boulders
Getting later still (so much slower when you can't see where you're going!) I decided to miss Glyder Fawr and take the first exit path down Y Gribin. Took a bit of to-ing and fro-ing before I found the path, which I soon lost again! Ended up picking my way down over the slippy crags and even more slippy mud, doing a backwards crab move with feet first facing forwards... lost my footing at one point and slid further than I meant to = bruised lump on my leg and even worse, smashed my compass :shock: :( Then the clag started to clear and I could see where I was headed - not sure that was a good thing as I hadn't picked the easiest way down!
phew! not the easiest way down! :D
Now that I could see further I was able to pick my way across the hillside and found the path again :D Straightforward from here, followed the path and picked up the main route back from the lake.
back at the lake, view to Devil's Kitchen
good path back to the car park, I jogged most of the way :)
Back to the car at 7.30pm this had taken 8hrs! :shock:

Day 2: with no compass and given that I'd made a promise to stay safe :) I went for the Snowdon Horseshoe but followed the Pyg track, missing Crib Goch and the pinnacles. I know this is a big tourist attraction but was still surprised at the number of people, nervousness of some and attire of others - hats off to them all though :clap: Up to Snowdon summit, now in clag then I carried on to follow the ridge over Y Llwedd. Views were clear by now so no worries being without a compass, I went for the scramble over this ridge and finished the loop on the Miners track :D Car park at Pen-y-Pass had been full when I arrived, so I waited almost an hour for the bus back to Nant Peris - could have walked it quicker I'm sure, but I wasn't in a rush :lol:
start of Pyg Track, Crib Goch beyond
view over to path down at the end of my loop
tops all clear at this point...
felt like I was in a penguin parade :D no getting lost here anyway!
a money tree!
Snowdon summit now in clag - still no getting lost though!
hardly any standing room up there (but I found a wee space!)
down the scree and view cleared again heading for Y Lliwedd (told the guy carrying his bike this was most impressive lol!)
path splits for the Watkin Path but I'm heading for those rocks straight ahead :)
kept to the ridge line on the scramble up (safely of course!)
view back to Snowdon, still in clag
Y Lliwedd summit
just looking - this isn't the way down!
tops cleared again
finish on a tarmac path :)
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Re: Weekend in Snowdonia

Postby scoob999 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:44 am

Great report there Fi :D
As if it's no hard enough staying in front of you, i'm gonna have to go to Wales too!
Glad your safe, it looks stunning down there :D
Well done :clap:
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Re: Weekend in Snowdonia

Postby malky_c » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:34 am

Drove past many of the Snowdon car parks on Sunday lunchtime - they were overflowing to bursting. Snowdon on an August bank holiday - no thanks!

Still, it's a pretty fine horseshoe. If you want it to yourself, you need to get up early doors :)
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Re: Weekend in Snowdonia

Postby ChrisW » Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:38 pm

Great report Fi, that first day looked a bit miserable though with some dodgy bit too....I reckon you should have called it off and sat in the pub :lol: . Glad to see day 2 picked up weather wise even if the lack of a compass made you take the incredibly packed trail you still made the most of the weather. Now you can get down to the store and get a new compass.....and it would be a shame to go all that way and not get a new top, and maybe some socks, perhaps just a look at the boots............. :lol:
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Re: Weekend in Snowdonia

Postby garyhortop » Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:16 pm

Great report Fi and good to see a typical Snowdonia weekend - total clag one day and sun the next! :D
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Re: Weekend in Snowdonia

Postby ERYRIWERDD » Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:56 pm

Great summary and photos-really enjoyed thanks.
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