Had an awesome day today out with the club on their Ogwen-Aber coach meet. It was on a Saturday as they had decided to have an extended coach meet with a social at the end. Therefore we did not have to worry about time so much in the afternoon. We arrived on the shore of Llyn Ogwen at about 10:30, with fairly clear weather, but a cloud cover of about 800m was apparent. After enjoying the spectacular views of Tryfan, The Glyders and Y Garn we started up alongside Afon Lloer towards Clogwyn Mawr. We ascended a short scramble to the left of the cwm and headed off on to Pen yr Ole Wen at 978m.
Having suffered from a virus for two weeks I struggled considerably on the ascent of Pen yr Ole Wen, not helped by the fact that I was carrying 4 Litres of water! Immediately after leaving the summit I began to feel much better, and didn’t struggle again at any point during the day. We ascended in to the clouds on the summit of Pen yr Ole Wen, and didn’t come out of them until about 4 hours later. Although at times the wind was cold, the rain was never heavy, and the conditions never posed too much of a problem.
After Pen yr Ole Wen we proceeded in a North Easterly direction over Carnedd Fach, and slowly but surely on to the summit of Carnedd Dafydd at 1044m. Deep in to the cloud by now, we paused only for a brief moment to regroup before heading off over the Carneddau for Carnedd Llewelyn. We did descend briefly out of the cloud on this stretch, just long enough for me to take a photograph of Ffynnon Llugwy reservoir below, before once more the cloud closed in.
The ascent on to Carnedd Llewelyn too was a long and gentle one, being at no point difficult or serious, only in the final ascent being steep in places. It was very cold on top here, and the group stopped for lunch in the windbreaks on the summit at 1064m. I was very cold at this point, and struggled to find any respite from the weather. I was relieved that we stopped for probably only about 10 minutes before heading off. I did though spend the next half hour with my hands in my pockets to warm them.
Off the Carneddau we proceeded North East to Foel Grach at 976m. It had a very well built summit shelter, which could be used in need in the future. Although apparently there is a very good path at this point, we could not find it, and pushed on through the heather until we reached the outcrop above the shelter.
We pushed on North to Garnedd Uchaf, at 976m, barely noticing any uphill momentum prior to hitting the summit cairn. Immediately we continued North to Foel-fras at 942m. As I approached Mike he said that I could go climb up the rocks to the trig point if I wanted. I certainly wasn’t coming back in a few years time just to tick this off, so on I clambered, and everyone then seemed to follow. We the descended steeply to a bealach which finally brought us out of the cloud
From the bealach I ran up to the summit shelter of Drum at 770m, clambering over the stile, and taking in the views before anybody else arrived. We then sat around in the shelter for a good 20 minutes before moving on. This was supposed to be our last top of the day, but I was feeling a little too energetic to call healthy!
Having been unable to convince anybody else to climb anything further I trundled off desolately with the group, before spotting Carnedd y Ddelw at 688m. It had little reascent, and it was not at all steep, so I took a detour to it on my own, stood on top, and rejoined the path about 300m ahead of the group. Mike decided that we could take a few more tops with it being an extended meet, probably because he would have had to have looked at me sulking for the next four hours if he had disagreed.
Having diverted on to the summit of Pen Bryn-Du at 557m we proceeded to ascend steeply on to Yr Orsedd at 559m, descended about 60 metres to a bealach, and then ascended to the top of Foel-ganol at 536m. At this point the group was heading down, so I ran up Foel Dduarth, 529m, before descending quickly to rejoin the group. At this point I was extremely pleased that I had carried extra water, drinking my extra two litres on the walk to the Aber Falls Tavern. The food was great, and the company also. Looking forward to a couple of weeks rest now though.