Sunday, 27 September 2009

#77 - Snowdon - and about bloody time too!

My birthday weekend and I invited some mates for a trip to Snowdonia, my first ever foray into the area and my first visit to North Wales since a midweek FA cup replay at Wrexham in the nineties.

Maria, Jim, Richard, Jon and I headed off from the campsite outside Rhyd-Ddu, up one of the quieter paths, named after the village, to the summit. The tops were shrouded in cloud, and we were spared the sun for the majority of the walk. Once we popped up onto the ridge, and made our way to the final ascent, we came out of the clouds to clear sunshine and were treated to a cloud inversion that the rest of the group said they had never experienced before on the summit!
The summit was a sharp contrast to the path up; It was mobbed, and I didn't even try to reach the cairn because of the queue. The tourist route was a long procession of bodies slogging there way up, and it looked no fun at all! The newly built cafe was jammed to capacity, and never did a cup of tea look less appealing as it did there! Getting off the summit as soon as we could, we took the Snowdon Ranger Path back down, and soon the crowds disappeared.
  • Date: 26/09/09
  • Region: Snowdonia National Park
  • Status: Equal
  • Description: Rhyd-Ddu Track - Snowdon - Snowdon Ranger Path - Rhyd-Ddu - Dry, cloud inversion at summit. 14km, 6hrs.
  • Type of Walk: Personal Mountain Walking