It started to rain in Welshpool, and the weather just got worse all day. I got off the coach in Minffordd, and my base layer was saturated by the time I had clambered clumsily in to my waterproofs. It just seemed to rain continuously, the wind was absolutely mental blowing in from the East. You could hear the gusts bouncing off the side of the mountain before they hit you. It nearly had me over a good couple of times.
I really didn’t enjoy the first part of the walk up the Minffordd path, it just felt like a long series of steps, and was a really difficult start to the day physically and metally. The weather worsened as we ascended, visibility being particularly poor, probably down to around 20 or 30 metres at points. By the time we reache the summit of Craig Cwm Amarch at 791m I was shattered, and I couldn’t even see into Cwm Cau, never mind Llyn Cau at its base.
Everything just seemed to get worse as we got higher, and it became so cold as we got higher that I continually steamed up my glasses. That irritated me to the extent that I went out the next day and bought som ski goggles so that it wont ever happen again (hopefully). By the time we had forced our way up to the summit of Penygadair at 893m the weather had closed in completely. We couldnt find the sheler summit which we had been virtually stood on top off, and our group had become too spread out, so we couldn’t find each other either!
The shelter hut was full of meltwater, but I was just glad to get in and get some food. I was hoping for a McDonalds, but it was just wishfull thinking. We probably hung around too long in the hut, and I was absolutely freezing immediately after leaving. I was much happier once I had warmed the water in my saturated gloves and could feel my fingers again. I now have a pair of gore-tex gloves that will (I hope) help to prevent that occurring again.
We descended down towards Dolgellau on the Pony Path. Once we had lost a couple of hundred metres of height the bloody sun came out, and it turned into quite a nice walk down, with excellent views to the north. We stopped at the Gwernan Lake Hotel for some beer, before taking a stroll past Llyn Gwernan, and into Dolgellau. Unfortunately I was unaware that my camera was not exposing the film, else I could have displayed about a hundred pictures of clouds, and Klik made me pay for its development. Sods. Enjoyed the day a lot more with retrospect than I did at the time!