Eight members of the club spent an enjoyable (if not wet) weekend in Snowdonia. Arriving late on Friday, we were lucky to have a dry night to pitch the tents after leaving the thundery weather in York. As only Steve wanted to do a night hike, we all got straight into our sleeping bags as it was to be an early start the next morning. The weather forecast was for a bright morning with rain in the afternoon, even so we were pleasantly surprised by the early morning sunshine. At 8.00am we made our start up the path from Ogwen Cottage up towards Llyn Bochlwyd. Here the group split. Steve, Dan and Joe decided to attempt the Chasm Face scramble (grade 3) on Glyder Fach, while the rest of the group chose to ascend Glyder Fawr via the Gribin ridge.
The start of the Chasm Face route turned out to be rather tricky, and so we avoided most of it by climbing Main Gulley (grade 2) before rejoining the intended route to reach the ridge. Here we spent some time playing around on some boulders around the Cantilever rock until it started to rain (as the forecast said it would about midday). Just past the rocky summit of Glyder Fach we met a group of four walkers attempting to contact their friend ‘lanky’ using a small radio, who apparently had their only map and was also equipped with a GPS. Our route continued to Glyder Fawr and then Y Garn and Foel Goch. From here we descended back into Ogwen valley and returned along a track to the Youth Hostel and the minibus. The other group followed a similar route, but continued along the ridge to finish in Bethesda.
After a quick shower at the campsite, we took shelter in the bus to cook ourselves Chicken curry for tea and then drove to the pub in time to find the other group tucking into Steak and Chips. A few pints and a kebab later, we returned to the campsite to find that some of the tents had leaked during the day (Emma’s had a great big puddle in the corner because someone – obviously not the captain – had forgotten to peg out the guy lines).
The next morning it had finally stopped raining (only to be replaced gale force winds). After a much slower start, we set off towards Ffynnon Lloer. On-route, plenty of large boulders provided some scrambling opportunities for those inclined to have a go, while for others, the grassy slopes and nearby waterfalls provided some pleasant walking. These grassy slopes took us all the way to the rocky summit of Carnedd Daffyd where a stone shelter allowed us to get out of the wind. We continued to Pen yr Ole Wen and then down the ridge path back to Ffynnon Lloer. We returned to the bus for a much needed cup of tea.