Well 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
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 )
On the PYG Track – Just past the route to Crib Goch – “Where we heeded the advice”
We 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 “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.
A 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.
Just past the route to Crib Goch
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.
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5 April 2015 12:14. (Updated 5 April 2015 13:35)