Four Tops, Three Scrambles, Two Mushrooms and a Cow Pat


It seems like a long time since I had a good hard day in the hills. Water sports, either open canoeing or sea kayaking seem to have been at the forefront of my activities for the last 18 months or so. I recieved an SMS text from my friend Nigel on Saturday suggesting an outing to North Wales – and so we set off at 7am Sunday morning on what once used to feel like a weekly journey. Travelling up the A5 we still had no idea what the day would have instore. A packed rucksac and a nose to follow is all you need for a good adventure…
 
The Arenigs just outside Bala in mid-wales were mentioned, as were the Rhinogs, North of Barmouth.  It’s certainly been a few years since of been on any of these mountains and I fancied a change of scene. However the weather on Sunday was a perfect Autumnal day. We decided to head to Ogwen for a change (irony) and the grade 2 scramble on Y Garn was suggested. Well, it’s been a few years since I last did that so it seemed an attractive proposition. The journery through Betws Y Coed was colourful with the trees full of golds, browns and yellow.
 

Nant Ffrancon

 
Starting the climb up Y Garn you get a magnificent view down the valley of Nant Ffrancon.  This view holds special memories for me as it’s what first inspired me to start hill walking while on a school trip when I was aged 16. The grade 2 scramble on Y Garn is enjoyable, if a little broken. The top section is really nice with a short section of ridge that remined me of the top of Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis, but without the gap.
 

Nigel, Scrambling on Y Garn

 
We reached the top of the technical section and Nigel "insisted" that we tick the summit. After that we decided that we’d squeeze as much as we could into the day…
 
After a quick bite to eat on the summit we headed over to Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. I rememer a time (long ago) when I used to dread the up hill march from Llyn y Cwn to the summit of Glyder Fawr. It’s a good test of fitness (and age ?) I guess ; but we still did it in a single push and a reasonable time. The wind had picked up on the summit of the Glyderau and was creating a summit cloud cap. Through the mist we travelled over familiar ground, the castle of the winds and the cantilever stone, to reach the top of Bristly Ridge.
 
Sticking to the crest all the way down, we decended Bristly Ridge to Bwlch Tryfan and then scrambled up and over Tryfan with the usual stops for photo opportunities along the way. A terrific autumnal day out, lots of scrambling and a full body (and mind) workout along the way… Open-mouthed
 
 

Posing on Tryfan's Cannon Stone

 

About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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