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2016 – Snowdonia Return

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Mountains Climbed – Tryfan – Glyder Fach – Glyder Fawr – Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

Day 1 – Monday 15 August 2016
Tryfan – Glyder Fach – Glyder Fawr

TRYFAN :

Tryfan's Far South Peak

Tryfan’s Far South Peak

3002 feet or 915 meters

Walked from A5, Bangor, LL57 3OS Grid Ref: SH 66293 60283 up Tryfan via the Heather Terrace and then to the saddle before the ascent of Glyder Fach

GLYDER FACH :

Glyder Fach

Glyder Fach – 3262 feet or 926 metres

 

 

GLYDER FAWR :

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3279 feet or 999 metres


Day 2 – Tuesday 16 August 2016

Yr Wyddfa (SNOWDON) – 3560 feet

Walked from Rhyd Ddu – Train Station Car park – A4085, Beddgelert, LL54 6OS Grid Ref: SH 57161 52611

 

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Rhyd Ddu path to Yr Wyddfa

Rhyd Ddu path to Yr Wyddfa

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Yr Wyddfa Summit (Snowdon)

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Once on Snowdon we returned to Llanberis along the Llanberis Parth about 5 miles with a stop at the Halfway House and the Snowdon Café

The Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale was carried up and down

The Purple Moose Snowdonia Ale was carried up and down

Weather was excellent hottest day of 2016 for me in North Wales – tough to walk having to consider sun protection, and id I plan enough water to take up the mountain and down

2016 : Snowdonia Return

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We return to North Wales 14-19 August 2016

Just past the route to Crib Goch

Just past the route to Crib Goch

Paul & Llwyd plan to climb some mountains over one or two days.

Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) will be one, but we will also climb some of the 15 Mountains over 3000 feet. Some again as we didn’t see them due to the gale force weather on our last ascents March 2015

 

Back in March 2015 our WOW Walk on Wales the weather was not good – had to abort Section 1 and the Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Fawr we could only just see our hands, Gale Force Winds – meant it was a challenge even for my experience in the Mountains of North Wales.

We return to see if we can have better weather so my son can enjoy the magic of both Glyder FAWR and Fach. Perhaps Day 2 we will attempt Crib Goch on the way to Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

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We will probably also visit Velocity at ZipWord Bethesda – on the site of Penrhyn Quarries


Paul Griffiths – www.paulgriffiths.info – @pgacricket

WOW2015 – Yr Wyddfa – Finish (Section 3)

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PGWP20150402102737ProWell we said when this website www.walkonwales.com was first setup that this WOW – Walk on Wales would be tough with a capital T for TOUGH.

Well we were right our Section 2 Walk we had not one but two white outs on both Glyders – Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr, with gale force winds and horizontal snow – the word Tough doesn’t really do it!!

REST DAY after Section two Glyders:
Having Recovered a “little” from our Section two walk on Tuesday 31 March 2015 – (rest day on 1 April). Limbs still weary to be honest

So SECTION 3 – and the Last three – Crib Goch, Garnedd Ugain (Crib y Ddysgl) and a finish on Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)

Snowdon was a “breeze” no pun intended.

Car Drop off at Pen Y Pass Car Park

Car Drop off at Pen Y Pass Car Park

From the top of Llanberis Pass – at Pen Y Pass – on the PYG Track was our chosen route. We set off from the car park at 10:30am and for the first time, meeting or rather overtaking lots of people  from all walks off life – some dressed for the walk and climb to the top of the Highest Mountain in Wales & England and some not!!

 

We met a seasoned walker (there every weekend and should be me if I lived in the region – no Gym required) who suggested we don’t do Crib Goch due to the freezing temperatures and snow and ice which would make traversing Crib Goch difficult. We heeded his advice. (He also took this photo – thankyou )

Just past the route to Crib Goch

On the PYG Track – Just past the route to Crib Goch – “Where we heeded the advice”

 

PGWP20150402125738ProWe reached the top of Yr Wyddfa at about 12:45 – 2 Hours and 15mins from the Pen Y Pass Car Park (By the Caffi and Youth Hostel)

Hafod Eryri was closed. No surprise as we are just in April

On the way down we considered a short climb to Carnedd Ugain but decided to continue on the Llanberis Path which drops us into Llanberis!!

 

Half Way House

Half Way House “closed”

Just after the  Halfway House (also Closed) we met a lady and three young boys (not dressed for the occasion) who I noticed were asking someone coming up up for some water – – I guess they had decided on a wim to walk up on the Llanberis path. We had some spare water so offered and was gladly accepted.

Halfway House closed but understandable – for the same reasons as Hafod Eryri was also closed. Shame as I was hoping to have a Picture with the owner who also appeared in the ITV Series – The Mountain.

 


2 way radios2A WOW Thank you to Chris Harper of VALKRIS Communications – Capel Curig

Thank you to VALKRIS Communications for supplying on loan the 2 way radios we used for communicating on the mountain and the Support Vehicle (Car)

They did their job very nicely in all weathers!!

Valkris Communications:  are a family-run Two-Way Radio Communications business based in Capel Curig, a popular tourist Village located in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. We specialise in the sales and hire of Two-Way Radio systems and bespoke PA systems. With over 35 years of radio engineering experience we are able to tailor systems for the individual needs of our customers. We are always willing to discuss requirements,

Address: Deunant, Capel Curig, Betws-Y-Coed, Conwy, LL24 0DS Tel: 01690 720263 – www.valkris.fsnet.co.uk

If you can please mention Paul Griffiths when you contact them.


 

 

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Just past the route to Crib Goch

Just past the route to Crib Goch

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We ran out of days and not forgetting the weather. Yes 31 March 2015 was not the best time of year to do this WOW – Walk on Wales – however we may return in the summer of 2015 to do the Glyders again (should see them in all their glory this time?) and perhaps a few of those mountians we missed due to the weather e.g.. Gale force Winds, Snow and rain and snow etc

A WOW Thank you to those who have already sponsored both Paul & Llwyd.

You can still Sponsor Chance to Shine and or Llanberis Mountain Rescue Or you can offer and or buy :

Chance to Shine Wrist bands £2 each

Chance to Shine Wrist bands £2 each (100% will go to Chance to Shine)

 

WOW Mugs - £5 each

WOW Mugs – £5 each

 Or Even one of our WOW2015 Events Shirts:

Event Shirts

Event Shirts

PG.
5 April 2015 12:14. (Updated 5 April 2015 13:35)

WOW2015 – Section 2 – TOUGH

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Tryfan - No: 8

Tryfan – No: 8

TOUGH doesn’t really say what we encountered.

Section 1 (5-6am) we aborted due to the high winds – yes Section 2 we found ourselves in the same conditions correction worse conditions with high gale force winds.

Section 2 was “only” 5 mountains starting with Tryfan and then on to the Glyders – Glyder Fach & Glyder Fawr
(Mountains 8 9 and 10 of 8-12 for Section 2)

Due to the conditions we did not complete Mountains 11 and 12 and aborted after Glyder FAWR as the conditions were very Wintry – with gale force wins – some gust probably reaching motorway speed limit or faster, horizontal driving snow, and rain.

White Out Conditions x 2 on Glyder Fach and then Glyder Fawr

Sadly in white out conditions we came off Glyder FAWR wrong, and and did not drop into Nant Peris as planned but tried to drop into Llanberis Pass (mid way along towards the Youth Hostel) but could not due to the sheer drops. So we had to skirt further east and eventually landed on the A4086 by the Youth Hostel and Caffi at 18:58 having started the ascent of Tryfan at about 10am. So you see why we aborted but got “lost” in the white out  on Glyder Fawr.

We even missed the Cantilever just past Glyder Fach as we walked past in the white out!!

Blown around frequently but some were not good as Llwyd receiving a knock on the knee caused by the wind blowing him off his feet and his knee finding a rock!!

We managed three mountains Tryfan, Glder Fach and Glyder Fawr an Olympic Medal WIN!!

marvellous mountains on nice days, but 31 March 2015 we experience a white out on Glyder FACH where we could not see anything except ourselves. Map reading and compass a challenge

We did not take many photos none on Tryfan, Glyder Fach or Glyder Fawr due the wintry gales. The following pictures are with us on Tryfan. Even then clouds full of snow were swirling around looking for a home and dropping the snow at random!!

Tryfan - No: 8

Tryfan – No: 8

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no fool should attempt such when the forecast is high winds and gales with snow.

An Olympic Medal win for Effort?

Tough for both – Dad yes and for Son Llwyd Very Tough

We hope this post gives you a flavour of what we encountered, although it will never fully convey as we were there in it and doing it.

PG.
1 April 2015 10:18 (updated 16:39 3 April 2015)

WOW2015 – Section 1 Aborted

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Section 1

Sadly our Tough Challenge walking all Mountains in Wales over 3000 feet was aborted before we set foot on mountain No: 1 Foel Fras.

 

We got to the car park at about 5am,

Visited Monday 30 March 2015

Visited Monday 30 March 2015

needed to get some over trousers on but had no zip to get on with our walking boots on

So probably left for Foel Fras about 520-530am

In the dark struggled to see where we were suppose to come off the track heading west and a wall appeared which we would use to turn left and follow up the hills – our route to Foel Fras – Mountain No: 1. We were suppose to be on the west side of this wall however due to the windy conditions we decided to stay on the east side as the  wall was stopping a lot of the wind. (yes we had head torches)

We reached 665m near a “Pile of Stones” at Map Reference SH 706 708 (Paul to check this MR) – 05:45 – it was here that the decision was made to abort. No rain but the wind was strong probably  those “gales on the uplands” so decision was made to abort. We had just radioed the Car to go – but called it back quickly. (Radios Coutesy of Valkris Communications)

The below photos Llwyd and Paul making their way back over the style by the car park where we had been some time earlier.

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Decision to abort was made at approximately 6am and back at the car about 630am

Back Erw Fair our Bed and Breakfast in Llanberis about 730am (Remember the Car park was an hours drive through Capel Curig and Betws Y Coed and Trefew


 

Tuesday 31st March

Overnight winds will ease slightly, however it will remain very windy with upland gales. It will be a day of sunny spells and scattered blustery showers, and these showers could include thunder and hail, and will turn to snow above 400m. With strong winds, this could lead to conditions rapidly varying from very poor to excellent, but mobility will remain difficult throughout. It will also be a cold day, with significant wind chill.

Source: 04:54 31 March 2015
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/mountain-forecasts/snowdonia#?tab=mountainWeather


 

We will have breakfast at Erw Fair Llanberis and decide if we do Section 2 today or re plan Secion 1 perhaps venve the other way round.

PG.
31 March 2015 – 07:30

Snow on Snowdon

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WOW2015-EPG20091000639We keep checking the weather forecast for North Wales – or Llanberis in particular – although checking Llanberis will give us an idea of what the weather is likely to be.

Completely wrong for Snowdon does have its own system(s)

Snow on Snowdon

24 Mar 2015 – From the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team Website.

Met Office – Weather Check for Snowdonia – www.tinyurl.com/weatheronsnowdon

PG.
25 March 2015

 

 

Support Vehicle – Not a KIA

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KIA Motors UK

Today (17 March 2015) KIA UK Customer Services advise by email:

“Thank you for your email about the possibility of Kia supporting your upcoming event.

We already support a number of events and groups, all of which we are currently fully dedicated to. However, we wish you all the best in your search for assistance.

Thank you once again for getting in touch. Although we are unable to support you, we admire your commitment and wish you all the best.”

Customer Services
KIA Motors (UK) Ltd
0333 202 2990 – Customer Services Line
www.kia.co.uk

In Short a “no” from KIA Motors UK. I thought it would be great to Test Drive a KIA as they Sponsor Surrey County Cricket Club – a County in which I do a lot of Cricket Coaching.

So test driving around Surrey and on route to North Wales and around the North Wales County of Gwynedd – home of Yr Wyddfa – Snowdon.

I was looking for a new Car in 2015 – probably not a KIA now!!

PG.
17 March 2015


WOW – No Mugs

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PGWP20150314131531ProWOW – Mugs available

1 Charity Donation £5

2 Charity Donation £10

have twelve – cost to Paul £ 3.59

 

Not sure how I will get them to you unless I hand deliver.

 

These mugs are unique and cannot be found any where else. Specially Commissioned by Paul Griffiths for his Tough Walk on Wales.

Mugs courtesy of:

whitbourne-mugworks

Whitbourne Mugworks
4 Old Forge
WHITBOURNE
Worcester WR6 5SB

Please ask for Keith and mention Paul Griffiths – thank you.

PG.

14 March 2015

Monster A3 Poster Available

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Available on our WOW Downloads pageMonster-Poster

WOW – OS Maps Received

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OS maps Ordered and delivered WOW2015-OS-Maps-Custom-Madefor the Walk on Wales – WOW

 

Ordered directly from the UK’s Mapping Agency – The Ordnance Survey

Received the following Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) Maps:

  • Custom Made English Flat Landranger (1: 50 000)
  • Custom Made Welsh Flat Landranger (1: 50 000)
  • OS Custom Made English Folded Explorer – OL17 (1 : 25 000) (image)
  • OS Custom Made Welsh Folded Explorer – OL17
  • OS Waterproof Active Version – OL17 (1: 25 000)

The Flat ones I am hoping to either frame or simply paste to a wall probably at my home for future reference of this TOUGH – Walk on Wales – WOW.

They are centred on our fifteenth mountain Yr Wyddfa / Snowdon

The Folded Custom made OL17 (image) will be the one for the support Vehicle – our car. The Waterproof Active Version will be the one on the mountain with us, (along with a compass’)

Ordered online at www.ordnancesurvey.gov.uk on the 5 March 2015 – and delivered by Royal Mail 9 March 2015.

PG.
10 March 2015

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