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Can't see Snowdon's crowds from Tryfan :-)

Can't see Snowdon's crowds from Tryfan :-)


Postby EmmaKTunskeen » Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:07 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, Tryfan

Date walked: 06/10/2018

Time taken: 7

Distance: 10.6 km

Ascent: 1177m

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Last autumn, some Sussex walking friends wanted to walk up Snowdon and by chance, they picked a fantastically clear weekend to do it. That meant... Snowdon's summit was going to be heaving (ugh). Still, I'd not been up Tryfan and I fancied getting in some scrambling practice. So it was a good opportunity to combine all our wishes into one trip, meeting up for meals to share tales of the day.

We met for dinner the evening before at the Tyn-y-Coed Inn at Capel Curig and then bedded down for the night at The Rocks. In the morning the fire alarm went off at 6.26 (burnt toast I imagine) and the three fellas in my mixed dorm did an impressively synchronised drop from their bunks in their pants. Not the start I'd anticipated :lol:

Anyway, after breakfasting with the troops and confirming our meet-up plans for later in the day, I headed off to Llyn Ogwen, booted up and set off up the track at about 8.30am.

Image001 Foel Goch above Llyn Ogwen from Tryfan n slope by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

After a straightforward start, I hit Milestone Buttress :? and headed east to find a way up.

Image002 Easy path to start with by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image003 Milestone Buttress - cant go that way by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image004 Milestone Buttress - cant go that way by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image005 My way up - with Southernmost Carneddau hills by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

If there is a route at c.665601 I was buggered if I could find it, so I ended up a bit too far east of it, struggling up the NE face eventually, but not before trying out a few 'exciting' options. :lol:

In fact it was great, but one of those times I was glad to be alone. Heading up my chosen crag, just west of the 'route' (probably), I came to a really tricky section. I could have - should have - down-climbed but I really didn't want to if I could get on to the ridge this way. After a lot of contemplation I decided I could do the tricky step, but only by taking my rucksack off, throwing it over the little gap (I know, this is very naughty) and following it. It had to land really well and securely, as did I. Basically, there was an awkward boulder sticking out into me which I'd have to squeeze round with whatever hand and footholds I could find. I looked and looked and looked some more, the way a cat works out the leap it has to make to land on a fence, though taking about 50 times as long, and finally knew I could do it.

So off came the sack, the throw was good... and then I got the wobbles. "Think, woman!" I shouted at myself, calmed down immediately, made my tricky manoeuvre-and-jump and landed perfectly. So I congratulated myself and told myself off at the same time - I must never do that again. :oops:

So, back on the route I wanted to be on, I ran into a group of men from Bucks and chatted with them as we found our way to the Cannon Stone, where I left them to it...

Image006 Cannon stone with Y Garn to Foel Goch - Llyn Idwal below by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

...and headed off. It still took me a few up-and-down goes to get on to the ridge (top right in the pic below):
ImageMy Tryfan track Oct 18 by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

The Bucks boys caught up with me at one point and they opted to go up a narrow chute. I contemplated it, but could also see what looked like an easier way a little further south. They offered to help me if I wanted to go their way, but I declined because my one naughty jump a little earlier was already over my ration for going up what I can't get myself back down.

My easier way involved a couple more hairy scrambles, an under-the-breath "Think, woman!" this time (see why I wanted scrambling practice, not to mention route-finding! :wink:) and I was on the home straight.

Image008 Weather coming in from N by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image009 Final last clamber to summit by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Finally, there were Adam and Eve.
Image010 Adam and Eve come into view by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

The guys had got there before me and were slowly heading on, but they looked back and we waved at each other. I realised they'd sort of kept an eye on me, while recognising that I probably wanted to walk on my own and find my own solutions to difficulties. Nice, I really appreciated that. And now I was appreciating the rugged, craggy top of Tryfan at 3,002 feet :D

Up at the summit, I lingered and explored a bit, looking over to Glyder Fach and Castell Y Gwynt, back over to the top of the ridge I'd just managed to come over, and waiting too in case a guy in black coming up behind me fancied doing the A&E leap of faith and needed someone to take his picture. He didn't, but appreciated that I'd checked.

Image011 Glyder Fach ahead with Castell y Gwynt on right by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image012 Looking back at ridge - Carnedd Llewelyn behind by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image013 Adam and Eve and east valley behind by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

(Meanwhile, on Yr Wyddfa...)
ImageSnowdon summit meanwhile by Emma Kendon, on Flickr
Gawd. :crazy:

Down at the bwlch between Tryfan and Glyder Fach, the Bucks boys had stopped, so I caught up with them and we compared our routes to Tryfan's summit. We'd all had fun, but all felt we'd scrambled enough to forego Bristly Ridge, so I walked up the scree slope of Glyder Fach with them, pausing to look back at Tryfan, pleasingly pointy from this angle.

One of them, a really pleasant lad called Dan, answered my questions about Aonach Eagach and though he felt I'd be fine to scramble it solo, I'm still not sure. How hard is the route-finding? :lol:

Image014 Tryfan from Glyder Fach ascent by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

On the way up was a comforting cairn, with a view over to Cardigan Bay, and then the large, broad summit with its superb frost-shattered rock structures. During the last Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago or more, the summit of Glyder Fach protruded above the ice sheet as a nunatak, so these wonderful rocks have known some tough Arctic exposure. Today, they were bathed in autumn warmth.

Image015 Glyder Fach cairn to Cardigan Bay by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image017 Glyder Fach rock structure zoomed by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

As the guys went to play on the cantilever stone, I found another lump of rocks for a bit more scrambling practice. Fun, but a poor viewpoint for the cantilever stone.

Image020 Cantilever stone - rubbish angle by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

All scrambling over now, it was all views from this point on.

Image023a Castell y Gwynt summited by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image025 Lliwedd and Crib Goch ascents to Snowdon by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

How lovely that you can't see the queues but can see the Lliwedd and Crib Goch ascents :D

Image024 The Bucks boys and Y Lliwedd behind by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

It's like the most extraordinary moonscape up here. The Berks guy I'd met on Tryfan's summit had commented, "Oh, you're spoilt," when I'd told him in answer to his question that I walk in Scotland when I can. Well, yes :D, but the Glyders and their views are cracking!

Image026 Top of Glyder Fawr by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image027 SW to The three peaks of Yr Eifl on Llyn Peninsula by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image029 Back to Tryfan and Glyder Fach from Glyder Fawr by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

From the summit of Glyder Fawr, we looked over to Y Garn, which has a big scar of a path up it. By now my boots (which were too small) were really pinching my toes, which is a shame because otherwise I'd have liked to added Y Garn and maybe had a marginally more comfortable descent. But I was concerned about the combination of more pain and time-keeping for meeting my friends, so abandoned that hope and started down. The Bucks boys wanted to hurry to the pub so we parted company and they trotted off down to the Devil's Kitchen.

Image028 Y Garn scar Angelsey behind by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

I didn't trot. As the lads bounded on ahead, I winced my way down, toes taking a hammering in my too-tight boots.

Image030 Descending this - ugh by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

with occasional pauses to enjoy the sunlight and clouds on the llyns below and Pen yr Ole while Glyder Fawr's bulk cast a shadow over me.

Image031 Llyns Idwal and Ogwen with Pen yr Ole Wen behind - Fawrs shadow by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

From the fine cut of slate which forms a footbridge below, I looked back up at the descent route through the cleft, steep and full of scree which is the price you pay for the tops. :roll:

Image034 Sore feet after descending through the cleft by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Image033 Fine slate slab bridge by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

There were climbers on the smooth slabs, and another coming up the path to join them for an afternoon's adventuring.

Image035 Climbers by Emma Kendon, on Flickr

Then it was down to the carpark and back along the road, picking up litter as I went (who throws an entire empty box of Roses out of their car window ffs?), to get those boots off and head back to the hostel after a great day out on these wonderful hills.
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Re: Can't see Snowdon's crowds from Tryfan :-)

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:44 pm

First of all - thanks so much for your kind comments on my Iceland TR!

The Glyders are always magical - so well captured in your TR. I especially liked "012 looking back at ridge - Carnedd Llewelyn in background".

You may want to see a summer/winter set of photos, including some of my favourite scenes ever on the UK hills, at
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=69908

On another occasion... my kids on top of Tryfan with Sion a Siân (weather a bit evil that day!)
Sion a Sian Tryfan.jpg

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Re: Can't see Snowdon's crowds from Tryfan :-)

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:35 pm

Smashing report covering my favourite local mountain, Tryfan. There are just so many routes up, aren't there - I'm not sure I've ever followed the same route twice! But anyway, your meander seemed to be eventful :roll: - and also in a funny sort of way, enjoyable.
But you missed the icing on the cake, not jumping between Adam and Eve....
My brother taking the plunge in 2012...
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...but it was rather too windy a couple of weeks ago for my grandson to attempt it (I think his mother would never have forgiven me if I had let him!!!)
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Given your obvious love of scrambling, I'm slightly surprised you didn't go up on to the Glyders via Bristly Ridge. It's rough enough to be reasonably challenging, but not to the extent that one is scared witless!

Loved the pics - most especially 023a, which looks brilliant on full screen. I've taken pics of this view many times myself, but none has come out as well as this one. :thumbup:

PS you have caught an unusual moment with your pic of Snowdon summit - looks like fewer than 200 people.... :D
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Re: Can't see Snowdon's crowds from Tryfan :-)

Postby EmmaKTunskeen » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:03 am

Thank you again Tim and Alteknacker. Tim, your summer and winter Glyders are beautiful, especially winter of course, and wow, what clouds! I couldn't take my eyes of the 'battle' one.

Alteknacker, I have absolutely no regrets about not doing the A&E/Sion a Siân jump! I'd jumped enough ;-). Fab shot of your brother, and well done to your grandson for clambering up. You're right, I probably should have scrambled up Bristly Ridge. Some other time...

Apparently there were about 400 on Snowdon's summit. My friend Richard says he remarked, "Emma'd hate this...." on their arrival. Yes.
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