Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Snowdon for some

12-13 March
Jo Myburgh, Andy O'Connor, Tabitha Oosterhouse, Elena and Claire Vivian.

It's not every weekend that you get the chance to visit the highest point in Wales one day and then walk around one of the lowest spots the next. But that is precisely what we did at the beginning of March when we visited North Wales. The Saturday was spent walking up Snowdon - which was still largely in Winter conditions. We walked up a fairly lively Watkin Path and down the Rhyd Ddu path, which was virtually deserted as we only saw 2 other people on the way down. Total time door to door of the YHA at Llyn Gwynant was 6 hours. Sunday then saw us have a great time on the GoBelow adventure course in Cwmorthin slate mine with a 4 hour underground adventure including zipwires and a 70 foot 'leap of faith'. All in all, it was an excellent fun-filled weekend.

Jo, Andy and Claire with the dramatic view from the summit in the background.

Claire and Andy on the way up

The snow was deep in places

The summit cafe looms in the distance. Definitely no chance of a cup of tea here though.

Another summit shot

Jo and Andy near the summit

A little scrambling on the way down

The YHA at Llyn Gwynant, not far from the start of the Watkin Path.
Andy and Jo on the snow-free lower path
Claire, Jo and Andy about to go underground.

Jo about to zip away

The lake at Cwmorthin and old mine buildings.