|Home sweet home|
Well I'm back home again after another trip to the beautiful Snowdonia national park in north Wales. I traveled alone and camped in Capel Curig for three nights. I set off from Mallow on Friday afternoon on the train to Dublin and caught the nine pm ferry to Holyhead. Arriving at Holyhead I had a four hour wait for the train to Llandudno Junction where there is a connecting train to Betws Y Coed. Arriving at the junction at 05.15 I discovered that there was a train failure and my connection was cancelled. This meant that I had to wait until 8am for a bus to Betws. Eventually I arrived and promptly caught the excellent Sherpa bus to Capel Curig where I pitched my tent in Bryn Tyrch Farm campsite. This is a beautifully situated site on a hill behind the farmhouse a few hundred meters from the village. It is quiet and enjoys fantastic views across to Moel Siabod and the Snowdon Horseshoe. All this for four quid a night, result I'd say.
|Tryfan south ridge|
|Castell y Gwynt|
Anyway despite the lack of sleep I was feeling good and continued to the summit of Glyder Fawr. Here the views down into Cwm Idwall and the Ogwen Valley are breathtaking. I descended the horrible loose scree path to Llyn Gwm and still feeling good I headed for Y Garn. Up ahead there was a guy moving quite quickly and being the competitive type I made it my mission to make up the two hundred meter gap and overtake him. Well it nearly killed me but yes you guessed it I failed. The Bugger was faster than I bargained for. Anyway after a suitable breather I headed down the easy ridge on the northern side of the very lovely Cwm Llyd and quickly down to the road at the Cottage at the head of the Ogwen Valley. I stuck out my trusty thumb and I soon had a drive back to the campsite. I called in to Pinnacle stores for a few supplies and after a shower and cooking dinner for myself found that the lack of sleep caught up with me and I was sound asleep by eight pm.
|Rock buttresses aplenty|
|Rock climbers on the wall near Amphitheater Buttress|
The broad plateau of the summit brings the Cairngorms to mind. Indeed the whole of the Carneddu is a gentle winding upland area that is quite environmentally important. From Carnedd Llewelyn a gentle slope leads towards Carnedd Dafyedd 1044mtrs. This mountain has an impressive north face with sharp rock ridges and steep gullies which I presume gives top quality winter climbing when in condition. Again easy ground leads to Pen yr Ole Wen 978mtrs. On the way you pass a few really large ancient cairns which all adds to the overall experience. I descended the south easterly ridge into Cwm Lloer and followed the easy path to the road in the Ogwen Valley. Now I had a decision to make, it was still seven kilometers back to the tent so would I walk or thumb. I decided to try thumbing for fifteen minutes and if no joy to walk the track running parallel with the road back to the campsite. I was quite glad to eventually trudge up to the tent and remove my boots. A total of 25kilometers and 1500mtrs climbing ensured a tiring but satisfying day. A book, my music and a few tinnies ensures a most enjoyable end to the day.
The impressive Atlantic Slab
|The Idwal Slabs|
|Elegant Snowdon soars over Llyn Llydaw|
|View down from Garnedd Ugain|