A couple of months have passed now since I was last in the mountains. Yeah sure I've been on a few rock climbing trips this summer, but I have not actually been walking in the hills. So I decided I had to get away for a couple of days. The mountains were calling and I am such a great lover of them, I had to go.
This time it was just me and the mountains. I finished work early on the friday and off I went in my van. My mobile secure tent as I like to think of it. Me and that van have become real good friends lately. I seem to have spent a fair few nights sleeping in the back of it. Saves a lot of cash on hotels and B n B's. Kit was packed in the van The weather reports were not looking favourable for great pictures and stunning views. In other words, cloud base was going to be low and it was due to rain all weekend. I don't mind the rain and I prefer the cooler weather too. Plus, theres no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing and preparation, right?...
I turned up fairly late in the evening and found a nice little spot to park up for the night. I did treat myself to a late night sausage and chips. Surely all those carbs will be needed for the two days training I had planned? Well, that's what I told myself anyway.
Weather reports were certainly correct for Saturday morning. Lots of rain. I set off after a good full breakfast in the cafe. My plan for today was to recce the last part of the Welsh 3000's route. I've explored a lot of Snowdonia, but not so much around the Carneddau range. My plan was to hike up to Carnedd Llewelyn. This is a fantastic area to check out. It houses a lot of high peaks and the views are great, even better if you're not in a white out above 700m! Also, there was hardly anybody around. Very peaceful. I think I saw about three people in total out hiking along this route which is great for a summer weekend when normally everyone heads off to the hills.
It took about four hours to reach the summit as I bagged a few other peaks on route. Was a lot of fun. The time to get back to the car was about the same taking in a few different routes back. A quick clean up and a change of clothes and it was off to find some much needed food. Steak and Ale pie, and damn, it was good!!!
The following day was cloudy but was not due to rain till early afternoon. So I set off early to the Glyders in the Ogwen Valley. The plan was climb as high as I could without venturing into the cloud. I wanted to stay below it and off the tracks all day and explore as much as I could. This is a great area for some cool scrambling, so that was on the list too. I found some cool little spots where I ate some snacks and took pictures. Lots of pictures to be fair. Think I was making up for the lack of pics the day before.
At around 1400 I decided to call it day and head back to the car. I wanted to get some food in me too before I set off back home. I live in Kent so I knew it was going to be at least five hours and as I have to contend with the dreaded M25, who knows how long it will take!
This was a great weekend away. Spent it on my own doing my own thing. You should not feel daunted about climbing on your own. I always tell someone back home where I am going and check in at the end of the day just in case. It's nice to spend time alone, this is my thinking time to plan new challenges and trips away.