Snowdonia 2011 – Debrief

Given the weather, which has been windy every day and wet most days, I’ve had a reasonably successful trip. The only slight regret was losing Sunday, but that might not have been a great success anyway given my injury – I’m sure a day’s rest helped, although I’m still in pain as I write this post on the train on the way home. I hope it improves by next week as I’m off to do this year’s SWCP section.

I think the trip met it’s overall objectives – I completed the Nantlle ridge and all 5 of the local Trail 100s that I hadn’t already done. What I didn’t do is some of the more minor mountains – chickening out of the walk over Moel Elio on the first day, and cutting short my walks over Snowdon and Yr Aran, and Cnicht/Moelwyn Mawr.

Stats for the trip:

Total Distance: 80.523 km (50.05 miles)
Total Ascent: 4,449 m (14,596 ft)
Total Descent: 4,304 m (14,121 ft)
Walking time: 30 hrs 24 mins
Summits: 18
……Of which:

  • Trail 100s: 5
  • Nuttalls: 17 (of which 10 were Hewitts)
  • Marilyns: 5 (including my 50th – Moel Siabod)

Best mountain: Moel Hebog (I realise this may be a bit controversial given the mountains covered on this trip, but I really enjoyed the ascent and the mountain was a constant companion as a view from my bedroom window).
Best view: a 3-way tie between: (1) view of Y Lliwedd, Crib Goch and Year Wyddfa from Gallt y Wenallt, (2) view of Llynnau Diwaunydd and Carnedd y Cribau on the descent from Moel Siabod, (3) the Nantlle Ridge.
Best ascent: Mynydd Drws-y-coed
Best day: Nantlle Ridge (day 7)
Worst day: Cnicht (day 3) – cut very short and because I hurt myself. I’m sure in good weather this would have been immeasurably better.

I’ve now made some decent inroads into Snowdonia, but next time I thing I’ll head further south and explore the Rhinogs, Arenigs and Arans. Although when that is likely to be I have no idea.

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