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Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Y GARN - SNOWDONIA


Postby susanmyatt » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:46 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Y Garn (Glyders)

Date walked: 16/10/2010

Time taken: 5

Distance: 8 km

Ascent: 800m

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Hi, as promised on Saturday ,Lisa and myself set off for a walk, we decided to travel to Snowdonia and tackle a new 3000 footer, Y Garn at 947m. We parked up at the main car park at the end of Llyn Ogwen, it was reasonably quiet as we set off,it was very different on our return.

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It was lovely clear day as we set off towards Llyn Idwal.
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Towards Tryfan
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Looking across Idwal
We passed around the north of the lake and started the climb
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Climbing with Tryfan behind
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Leaving Idwal behind
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Lisa and the ridge ahead
We were making height quickly and this gave ever changing vistas
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Ogwen behind yours truly
The way ahead was clear and still quite steep, don't suppose we can get to over 3000 feet easily
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Ahead
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Getting there
Our height can be seen from this view back to Idwal
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Down to Idwal
and the view north to Foel Goch
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Towards Foel Goch
We were now high enough to see over into the Llanberis valley
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Llanberis and its mine deposits
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The ridge to Snowdon
We now aproached the summit and luckily someone followed us up so we had a summit picture of us both, later a group of lads came up while we had a bite to eat, they thought we were quick to beat them up, just got up earlier :lol:
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Y Garn at 947m
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Great shot of the lakes below us
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Snowdon summit from the top
We could see the way ahead,the tarn can be seen below the height of Glyder Fawr
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Towards Glyder Fawr
We walked across the top until we reached Llyn Cwn where we turned to descend the scree of Devil's Kitchen.
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Llyn Cwn
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Devil's Kitchen
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Still going down
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Looking back up Devil's Kitchen
We looked across Idwal to Pen yr Ole Wen
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Across Idwal
Walking around Idwal we could see our ridge high above us
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Our route earlier
It was a terrific day out in wonderful conditions, good company and superb scenery :D :thumbup:
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby john923 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:09 pm

Did this circuit the other way round for our first Welsh 3000er many moons ago. Really like your view of the Llyns (IMG_4633) - that's a cracking piccie.
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby houdi » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:22 pm

One of my favourite parts of the world. Cwm Idwal is totally gorgeous. I usually combine Y Garn as part of a horseshoe route with Tryfan and Glyder Fach. The Grade 2 scramble on Y Garn's East Ridge is pretty exceptional. Someone told me that Y Garn means 'the dragon' but I think they may have been waffling.
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby susanmyatt » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:19 pm

Yes,love that photo, the colours have come out quite rich. its hard work doing circuits with Tryfan and the Glyders without adding to it. I really like it around this area, everywhere is so clean and crisp, shame about the crowds but after all we are part of them. As for the translation I will ask Seth,a local boy, who sometimes walks with us, sounds right for that area :D
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby malky_c » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:54 pm

houdi wrote:Someone told me that Y Garn means 'the dragon' but I think they may have been waffling.


I think so too. I'd say it has much the same root as 'Carn' in Gaelic does - ie a big pile of stones.
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby susanmyatt » Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:04 pm

One site says it means "The cairn of the rock".............dragon sounds better :lol:
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby houdi » Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:16 pm

Yeah, dragon does sound better but something to do with stones/rocks seems logical. There are many similarities in the Welsh language and Scots gaelic.
As a keen Scrambler, Snowdonia is like a magnet for me. I try to get there as often as possible even though it takes a good 5-6 hours from Devon. Worth the long drive though.
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby mountain coward » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:55 pm

Garn is just cairn... Ddraeg is dragon...

I love Y Garn (that one) - I think it's just about the best looking mountain in Wales, and certainly the best looking in that valley. You have some lovely llyn pics there :D
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Re: Y GARN - SNOWDONIA

Postby susanmyatt » Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:12 am

Gosh Houdi, Devon's a long way for us to go on holiday :clap: , they are worth it though, especially if you get the weather, we have walked the Carnedds several times in the snow,wonderful (but cold :thumbdown: )Thanks MC for translation :D
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