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Two scrambles on the Carneddau

Two scrambles on the Carneddau

Postby Benaden887 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:21 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Gwenllian (Garnedd Uchaf), Carnedd Llewelyn, Foel Grach, Foel-fras, Pen yr Ole Wen, Yr Elen

Date walked: 11/08/2015

Time taken: 12

Distance: 26 km

Ascent: 1580m

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Monday - Nightmare trip down to wales.Calor gas tanker exploded caused motorway jam an we`re in it - 9hr travel to get to the b/h.in the Ogwen valley. Tues- raining - not the weather forecast - early start to Glan Dena and the path to Ffnnon Lloer - rain merges with mist- turn before the lochan - a scramble up the east ridge gains the flat summit of Pen yr Ole Wen but no views - compass and map lead to Carnedd Fach with its stone cairns and shelters - a rise to the small cairn of Carnedd Dafydd - the third highest in Wales. The narrow ridge dips below the clag at 900mt to give panoramic scene of the valleys hidden beneath the cloud - the ridge we came up and the town of Bethesda. At the low point we contour the slopes of Carnedd Llywelyn to reack Yir Elen a multi spired top with a fine outlook over Cwm Caseg`s wee lochan. It lies 1.5km off the main ridge. We eat here before the climb back up to Llywelyn and mist where Stewart navigates over the broad plateau to reach Foel Grach with its mountain shelter. A pokey hole but a godsent in bad conditions. Lower to Garnedd Uchaf - and sunshine- mist for Foel Fras - then clearing and views for the quick return to Llwyelyn- the 2nd highest mountain in Wales - - we can see the coast - touch the cairn again - our 10th 3000ft peak today - adults and kids on the stones - The east ridge of the corrie gives a downward scramble to the Ffynnon reservoir below with its service track to the main road and a walk out to the b/h - 26k 1580mt close to 12hrs. big day. Seen enroute - one walker on the way out - plenty on the way back- Carneddu ponies - free ranging - semi wild descendants from the days when horses and ponies worked the mines alongside men and left behind as the pits closed - plenty sheep and birds

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