Thursday, 13 August 2009

Northern Gylders

North of Y Garn the Glyders change in character and the wild rocky summits and ridges for which they are renowned are replaced with big grassy hills some of which have rocky summits. Between Snowdon and the Carneddau they enjoy a privileged position providing stunning mountain views in all directions. We have previously wandered over them all, except Elider Fawr which is off the main ridge sitting above Marchlin Mawr reservoir looking down over the slate quarries to Llanberis. We had about half a day before the cloud cover was forecast to reach 100% with a base below 2000 feet and so headed Elider Fawr straight from Nant Peris. Apart from a group of lads tackling the “Welsh 3000s” we had the hills to ourselves.

Foel-goch and Tryfan

Pauline looking south beyond Foel-goch to Tryfan with a shoulder of Pen Yr Ole Wen on the left

towards Snowdon

Clouds building over Snowdon suggesting they might reach the summit of Elider Fawr before we did.

South over Y Garn

South over Foel-goch and Tryfan from below Elider Fawr summit

Elider Fawr summit ridge

Reaching Elider Fawr summit at the same time as the cloud base

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