This weekend I headed up to Snowdonia with the expedition society I am a member of. We went up with twenty people and braved the elements by camping in north wales at the end of November which was a tad chilly. Thankfully we were treated with good weather and it didn’t rain once all weekend which is a change to the last 3 weekends I have spent in Snowdonia!
On the first morning we headed up the north ridge of Tryfan which is one of the classic scrambles of the region and is a great first scramble as many people in the group had never done it before! It took us quite a long time as 20 people move slowly but this ended up being good as early in the climb the summit became covered in hill fog but by the time we got to the summit it had started to clear and by the time we had finished lunch we were treated to a fantastic view! That evening we were treated to a cloudless sky which was stunning as we were camping in the middle of nowhere so there was no light pollution which meant the amount of stars that were visible was amazing, though the cloudless sky did lead to a rather chilly night and morning!
The next day we woke up to a cloudless sky but unfortunately as we were cooking breakfast hill fog started to bubble up and by the time we were ready to go walking there was a large cloud covering. This didn’t detour us however and we headed up the rear side of Snowdon up the “Snowdon Ranger” path which is a lot nicer to walk on than the tracks up from Pen-Y-Pass car park even if it does mean a lot more ascent, the other advantage is that there are far fewer people and until we got to the summit we only saw two other parties which is a nice change to the normal walking route up which is a motorway of people. Unfortunately at the top it was cloudy so we got a wonderful view of fog, but it was still an enjoyable day and when we dropped out of the cloud we ended up in the sun for a while so managed to sit and eat lunch in the sun with a stunning view.
I am looking forward to heading back up to Snowdonia next year and hopefully next time will get to do the Snowdon Horseshoe again which includes the fantastic Crib Goch ridge.