Sunday, August 03, 2008

what I did at the weekend

Just got back from a weekend up in Snowdonia, where the lovely Hazel and I climbed some mountains. Specifically, we went up Snowdon on Friday, and did a traverse of the Glyder ridge on Saturday.

We stayed at a campsite near Beddgelert run by the excellent Forest Holidays - this provides easy access to the western flank of Snowdon. We started by catching a steam train run by the Welsh Highland Railway from the station at Rhyd Ddu which dropped us off at the halt by the Snowdon Ranger youth hostel. From there we went up the Snowdon Ranger path and down the Rhyd Ddu path to the Cwellyn Arms pub in Rhyd Ddu village. This is the same route as we took for our training run for the Three Peaks Challenge in June 2006, though weather conditions were slightly different, to say the least, as you can see from the two pictures below, both taken by the finger of rock which marks the point where the Snowdon Ranger path joins the main path to the summit.

On the Saturday we drove over to Llyn Ogwen and went up on the Glyder ridge, in somewhat better weather. We started off up Y Garn (3107 feet) and then went eastwards along the ridge over Glyder Fawr (3278 feet) and Glyder Fach (3261 feet). We missed the path down the ridge towards Tryfan so there was a bit of undignified scrambling down a scree gully before we got down to Llyn Bochlwyd, also known as Lake Australia, because it looks uncannily like a map of Australia - look:

Pictures can be found here.

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