There's a first time for everything- left Nottingham in the pouring rain, heading to North Wales and a dry forecast (never mind that it ended up raining anyway). Drove round Dolgellau for a while in search out of the bunkhouse, before realising it was the place we'd first stopped at (it was dark okay).
Had two groups out on Cadair Idris on Saturday, one doing a loop of the ridge around Llyn Cau and up to the summit, the others adding length by starting further away and then walking back to the bunkhouse. Lovely weather, even a bit of sun, until we got up onto the ridge, where it was rain, wind and mist for the rest of the day. The first group were down and sat in the pub enjoying a drink and the start of the wales-New Zealand rugby game, when we got a call from the others and had to leave the comfort and go collect their minibus. Watched Wales lose the rugby from the bunkhouse (which had a TV and wifi!? No more jokes about no electricity in Wales please.) whilst cooking chilli con carne. Ellen (ex-president) popped round briefly, but unfortunately had to leave before the murder game began! The evening was topped off with toasting marshmallows on the gas hobs..
Have a feeling I wasn't popular with the 6am wake-up on Sunday morning, but well worth it when we reached Snowdonia by 9, with bags packed and bunkhouse cleared. One group did a traverse of the Glyders and Tryfan, with a scramble up the North ridge of Tryfan and the again up Bristley ridge. A second smaller group walked up Snowdon via the PYG track and down the miners track. The rest of up did the Snowdon horseshoe- involving a fun scramble up Crib Goch, a traverse of its narrow knife-edge ridge, more scrambling on Garnedd Ugain, up to the summit of Snowdon (crowded as usual, even on a cold, misty November afternoon), then down and along to Lliwedd, the last summit in the circle, where we finally got some views of the route! Was met by mum en route for a quick gossip and box of chocolates! All in all, a great weekend away.
Snowdonia, 22-23 November
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