Monday, 9 May 2011

Wet, Windy Weekend in Wales – 07 May

The forecast wasn’t promising – wind could be as strong as last weekend (gusting to 50 mph) on the tops but with the added discomfort of heavy rain. Its only a forecast, we thought as we studied the map on the Friday night with Rae & Helen. A route with a bit of shelter to begin with and plenty of escape routes was devised to take us from the Achilli Ratti CC hut in Bethesda to Capel Curig where we would leave a car.

Bethesda 002-1The Old School House in Bethesda in local stone with a splash of colour or two

Heading for Carnedd Llewelyn up the valley of the Afon Caseg and passed Ffynon Caseg for the steep climb to the summit we could see the mist shrouded ridge but not the rain nor the effect of the wind.

Bethesda 012-2Bluebells with the Glyders beyond

Bethesda 013-3Looking back towards Bethesda and the remains of the blue sky

Bethesda 014-4Looking forward to the ridge before the cloud base dropped

Bethesda 016-5Looking back down the Afon Caseg as the weather closes in

We reached the rain swept ridge and were greeted by the strong winds from which we had been sheltered previously. Three attempts were needed, I think, to find the summit in quite difficult conditions before heading east along the ridge. With no likelihood of a significant, or any, improvement we dropped of the ridge before the summit of Pen yr Helgi Du  and the less unpleasant conditions in Ogwen Valley.

 

Bethesda 018-7Tryfan almost clear of the clouds after we dropped off the ridge

Bethesda 019-8Llyn Ogwen as the weather improves

Bethesda 022-9Llynnau Mymbyr with Snowdon in the distance

Bethesda 031-10Snowdon beyond Llynnau Mymber

Bethesda 046-11The last of the sun

1 comment:

  1. despite the weather you've manged to get some lovely photos! i really like the one of tryfan, looks like an old oil painting.

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