It was a weekend of contrasting weather for the first combined Adventure Out and North Wales meet in September.
The walk over the Carneddau on the Saturday was conducted in poor visibility from virtually valley level; the route first climbing up the banks of the Afon Lloer before turning westward up a short easy scramble up to the first summit of Pen yr Ole Wen. A short break was taken in the shelter cairn at Carnedd Fach before continuing onto Carnedd Daffydd and our highest point – Carnedd Llewelyn. The descent was via Carnedd Llewelyn’s east ridge over Craig yr Ysfa, involving a short passage over some greasy slabs requiring care before the final descent to the road via the reservoir of Ffynnon Llugwy.
Contrast Saturday to Sunday with sunshine and clear conditions throughout and warm enough to linger and enjoy the views. The route first took us to Llyn Bochlwyd and onto the Gribin - a ridge – narrow on its upper reaches which terminates on the Glyder plateaux roughly halfway between Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach. The scramble up the Gribin has some exposed passages, and we had to thread our way through a couple of parties undertaking their mountain leader training. A short walk from the top of the ridge took us to our high point of Glyder Fawr for a protracted lunch stop in the warm sunshine.
Our second summit, Glyder Fach is by far the more interesting summit though; some of the party scrambled over the maze of jagged rocks which make up Castell y Gwynt (the Castle of the Wind). After a visit to the summit of the mountain – itself a tangled jumble of boulders, the entire group assembled on top of the Cantilever Stone in a vain attempt to upset its balance. The final descent took us once more past Llyn Bochlwyd to the tea shop at Ogwen, still open for light refreshment.
There are plans for more combined Adventure Out and North Wales group meets for next year – possibilities being considered is a weekend based at Snowdon Ranger YH or Rhydd Du – with the main objective being the lovely Nantle Ridge, and another based on Dolgellau for the Cadair Idris range.