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    Foel Goch – Arenig

    I did enjoy the walking, but there were several things about this walk that really pissed me off. 1. Being accosted by unrestrained dogs at both ends. 2. Trudging through pathless bog. 3. Getting to the top, seeing the youth hostel just the other side of the hill but 30 miles drive away, and a lovely track heading up the hill from the youth hostel. In summary…. do this walk from somewhere other than Pentre-tai-yn-y-cwm.

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    Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Foel Penolau from the west

    Description and photographs of a walk on Moel Ysgyfarnogod and Foel Penolau during a walking week in Snowdonia based out of West Bromwich Mountaineering Club’s club hut in 2009. Feeling much recovered from my exertions earlier in the week, and having gained much confidence from the day prior, Richard and I decided upon an attempt on the isolated Moel Ysfarnogod behind Llyn Trawsfynydd. Starting at the head of the minor road from Glan-y-wern we followed route 9.

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    Moel y Gest and Yr Eifl

    After a healthy if not smelly dose of deep heat overnight I had recovered significantly, we took in Moel y Gest from Porthmadog and Yr Eifl (The Rivals) on the Lleyn peninsula. Moel y Gest – 262m – Lleyn Peninsula Yr Eifl (The Rivals) – 564m – Lleyn Peninsula.

    Tal y Fan and the Great Orme

    With me still feeling rubbish we opted for another easy day, taking in the Marilyns of Tal y Fan on the northern side of the Carneddau and Great Orme above Llandudno. The ascent of Tal y Fan was quite straight forward. We parked by Cae Coch, and followed a path through a field to the wall which runs along Tal y Fan, following that over a few false tops to the summit.

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    Yr Arwydd and Holyhead Mountain

    Having bitten off more than I could chew the day prior Richard and I opted for an easy day walking up a couple of marilyns on Anglesey, starting the day on the north of the island walking up Yr Arwydd, a short stroll from the nearby village, and concluding the day with a more arduous walk up Holyhead Mountain from the nature park below.. Yr Arwydd – 178m – Anglesey Holyhead Mountain – 220m – Anglesey

    Traverse of the Carneddau from Pen yr Helgi Du to Yr Elen

    The first day of a weeks walking in Wales with Richard, and the first big walk for me since breaking my foot. We parked up at little Tryfan, crossed over the road and climbed up Pen yr Helgi Du. My foot didn’t enjoy the scramble down and up to Carnedd Llewellyn, my head liked it less so! We descended to Bethesda with a skull collector we met in the wind shelter on Llewelly, taking in Yr Elen along the way.

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    Cat Bells

    On our Sunday up in the Lakes Vickie and I decided to walk up Cat Bells, Vickie’s first Wainwright!!! We drove over to Keswick from St. Bees and parked in the car park at the pencil factory and had a general womble around the town in the morning. In the afternoon we caught the ferry across, having to get off at Brandlehow as the Hawse End landing stage was closed. We wandered along the shore to the bottom of the hill at Hawse End, and ambled up on to the first summit, and along to below the second.

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    Sheffield Pike

    The January coach meet with West Bromwich Mountaineering Club. Weather forecast was abysmal, and the reality was not much different. Walked up Sheffield pike with Richard and Tim. Thought better of carrying on up raise and headed into the Traveller’s Rest.

    Cumbre San Pascual

    A quick two hour dash around a circuit over Cueva San Pascual and then Cumbre San Pascual (555m) from the village of Orito.

    Pen y Fan

    The December coach meet with West Bromwich Mountaineering Club. A traverse of the Brecon Beacons from Pencelli.

    Across the Rhinogs

    Attempt on Mont Blanc Du Tacul

    Cadair Idris

    A coach meet with WBMC. The weather never did quite live up to the forecast, although the wind and hail was suffiuce to make Jonathan, myself and Stephen think twice about doing the Cwfry Arete. We shot up to Cwm Cau from Minffordd, up the foxes path, which is a bit of a scree run, and onto the ridge where the strong easterly could be felt. We descended the foxes path to the base of the Cwfry Arete, where we decided the wind was too strong.

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    Creag Meagaidh via Easy Gully

    Photographs from an excellent day winter climbing up Easy Gully, Creag Meagaidh in 2008. I was climbing with Jonathon Howells and Chris Dean of West Bromwich Mountaineering Club, at the winter climbing week that we had each year, staying at Kingussie at the time. I did not write any words at the time, but the pictures tell the story of a day of Scottish winter climbing at its best, culminating on the summit of Creag Meagaidh, via Easy Gully.

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    Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via Jacob’s Ladder I

    Cairngorm via Aladdin’s Couloir

    Creag Dubh (Kingussie)

    Grisedale Tarn

    A walk with John Edwards, from thew Patterdale coach meet with WBMC. We walked over Arnison Crag and then Birks Fell in very heavy winds on poor snow, and decided that we would not continue over St Sunday Crag. We traversed the side of St Sunday Crag to Grisedale Tarn where we had lunch. John located one of his Geocaches near the brother’s parting stone ( just a few weeks later he would discover on tied to his windscreen wiper!

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    Beinn Chabair

    Photographs courtesy of John Edwards due to the untimely demise of my Nikon.

    Ben Lui

    Photographs courtesy of John Edwards due to the untimely demise of my Nikon.

    An Caisteal and Beinn a’Chroin

    A circuit from the car park on the A82 in Glen Falloch, where the power lines cross the road. The circuit comprised the Munro simmits of An Caisteal and Beinn a’ Chroin.

    Beinn Acheladair and Beinn a’Chreachain

    A circuit from Achallader comprisint the Munro summits of Beinn Achaladair and Beinn a’ Creachain as well as the tops of Beinn Achaladair (South top) and Meall Budihe.

    Mam Tor

    An ascent of Mam Tor from Edale via Lose Hill.

    Waun Fach

    A walk in the Black Mountains from the Castle Inn to Waun Fach, and on to Pen y Gadair Fawr due to an excess of time and making the mistake of following Geoff!

    A circuit in the Crey Corries

    A circuit in the Grey Corries comprising the Munro Summits of Stob Choire Claurigh and Stob Coire an Laoigh. Perhaps more poignantly for Jonathon, it also comprised the tops of Stob Coire na Ceannain, Stob a’Choire Leith, Stob Coire na Gaibhre,…
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