North Wales long weekend 13th to 16th January 2022

North Wales Meet Report:
6 of us meet at Capel Curig Thursday morning and set off past the impressive gorge of Afon Llugwy and headed up to the disused quarry on route to Moel Siabod. Although the weather was clear and sunny it wasn’t hot enough to tempt any of us to take a dip in the water pool crater of the quarry!
After a quick coffee stop, we pressed on to reach the southeast ridge of Daear Ddu and the start of the scramble up warm rock to the summit of Moel Siabod where we enjoyed the views across to Snowdon and Tryfan, both looking impressive with the clear blue-sky backdrop.
After a quick bite to eat we headed back down the northeast ridge to pick up the outbound path back at the disused quarry.
We then all headed over to Coetmor Mill to unload our gear and claim a bunk. The rest of the evening was then spent pondering over the next days activities.
Friday saw us splint into 3 groups. One group headed out to Foel-fras taking in Foel-ganol, Pen Bryn-do and Llwytmor on this circular walk. Llwtmor providing stunning vistas over Anglesey.
The other two groups opted to go climbing, one group heading over to Tremadog and the other opting for Grooved Arete on Tryfan which turned out to be elusive to find with climbing not starting until after lunch. The climb was topped out just as the sun was falling below the surrounding mountains leaving us to don headtorches to find the route back down the mountain, arriving back at the digs close to 9pm!
Friday evening also saw the arrival of the remaining 5 members, growing our number to 11.
Saturday we split into two groups with 6 people heading out for a walk straight from the hut taking in Moel Faben, Ilefn, Gyrn, Drosgl & Gyrn Wigau.
The remaining 5 headed over to Snowdon. Leaving the masses behind on the Pyg Track from Pen-y-pass we headed up to Crib Goch, scrambling along the ridge to Garnedd Ugain and then to the summit of Snowdon. After a spot of lunch we headed back down the Watkin Path to Bwlch Ciliau then continuing along the ridge line to Y Lliwedd and descending down to Llyn Llydaw reservoir where Matt couldn’t resist a quick swim with many cheers from passes-byes. Then a quick walk along the Miners Track to complete the circular route around the Snowdon horseshoe.
Saturday evening proved to be very sociable with us all contributing to cooking up a communal curry and a few drinks.
Sunday the weather finally let us down, turning wet and windy. We all went our separate ways, some heading straight home while a couple of brave souls headed up to Glyder Fawr via Bwlch Tryfan & Glyder Fach and returning via Devils Kitchen.
A great weekend was had by all, photos on Facebook page here:
Kial Wright

Southeast ridge of Daear Ddu

Approaching the summit of Moel Siabod

Summit of Moel Siabod

First pitch of Grooved Arete, Tryfan

Pitch 5 of Grooved Arete, Tryfan

Crib Goch ridge

On Snowdon

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