Out of the door at 6.30 and we’re heading for Wales for a day which could go either of 2 ways. Would the BBC weather forecast finally get it right or will be be robbed of our day on the hills? Only time will tell and as we headed towards Wales we had a right mixture of weather.
It was dry at least when we arrived at the Ogwen Valley car park and already other early birds were hauling rucksacks out of their cars in anticipation of their days adventure. Our adventure would take us up Tryfan then down and up Bristly Ridge or Scree (yet to be decided) and then over to Glyder Fach and finally over to Glyder Fawr before descending down through the Devil’s Kitchen and back to the car.
The cloud was laying low as we headed up the path towards that beautiful rocky peak and it was a great path. Swirling cloud brought glimpses of Bristly ridge and before long we were passing Llyn Bochlwyd aka Australia Lake.
We couldn’t see the summit as there was a thick blanket of cloud all around obscuring all views in front, behind and to the side. Clambering through the rocks was as much fun as I remember and before long we reached the rocky plateau where Adam & Eve stood. No jumping today mainly because I have no idea how I would get up there with my little short legs and also it was pretty breezy.
There were about 20 people on top and we didn’t stick around long as we still had a long day ahead of us so after obligatory pictures had been taken it was off down the rocks again until we were at the middle plateau where we decided to give Bristly Scree a go. I’d come down this previously and it was a nightmare akin to snowboarding on shale so going up couldn’t be that bad, could it. Well actually it wasn’t that bad at all owing largely to Chris carving out a route that largely kept us on larger rocks. It was only at the top that we encountered most of the loose and slippy shale and it was hard going but the fact that the sun had come out and the views behind us of Tryfan and the Carneddau were magnificent.