Thursday, 3 November 2016

Snowdon Gentleman's Expedition

Last week three friends and I set off on a gentleman's expedition, to scale the mighty summit of Snowdon. It turned out to be half term and many kids were bounding past us as we climbed the mountain, but we felt like true explorers all the same!

Check out this sweet little video my friend Pob made after the trip. We'd barely got home and unpacked before he'd edited this and posted it online, impressive stuff! 

We'd spent a little bit of time planning the trip, but we're all busy people and we did end up getting organised quite last minute and ended up packing way too much, including a little [camping] kitchen sink! Pob has recently got a snazzy new Jeep, which was ideal for transporting us and our kit on the four hour drive to Snowdonia.

drive-to-snowdon

We stayed at a great little campsite called Llan Gwynant, conveniently located a couple of miles from the Pen y Pass car park, which is the most popular starting point to climb Snowdon. Our trip was in October, so it was pretty chilly, but the free use of the fire pits and firewood for sale on site meant we had a lovely little fire to keep us warm. The facilities were good - definitely a highly recommended campsite if you're looking for somewhere to pitch up in the area.

camping-at-snowdown

snowdonia-camping

We started out early to climb Snowdon, starting out at our campsite and following a footpath that took us along some quite rough and hilly terrain to the Pen y Pass car park. This was actually a really tiring walk - we felt like we'd done a days walking in that relatively short journey to the starting point!

We decided that instead of driving to the start and going up and down the same route, we'd walk up one side of Snowdon and down the other side. This created a great 8-hour loop walk, which was an ideal day. We were told that there was a pub near the bottom of the other side of the mountain, which sadly didn't turn out to be true. Perhaps we would have planned the route differently had we realised there was no cold beer on the other side!

snowdonia-fishing

snowdonia-lakes

The climb itself was really enjoyable, with great views. I hadn't imagined that the scenery would be so beautiful and it was mostly really clear - except at the summit which was really misty.

snowdon-footpaths

We enjoyed a Guinness at the summit of Snowdon and made use of the excellent cafe facilities - and free WiFi! We had a really enjoyable trip and we're now planning to climb Scafell Pike in Spring of next year.

snowdon-beers

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