Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Birthday Surprise!

I arrived back from London Friday evening to a big surprise from April - off to Wales for the weekend and a birthday treat back at the Tyn y Cornel Hotel - see the Cader Idris Travelogue.

Paul standing on top of Cader Idris with a gale blowing from behind. The cloud base was about 800 feet below the summit.

April posing at the col above the "chair", a corrie of immense proportions that falls away vertically about 10 feet from where she stands. Sometimes dense clouds give a mis-placed sense of safety!

On Sunday we attacked Cader Idris from the north, taking the Pony Path on a day that promised plenty of cloud and mist. It's good to climb a cloud covered mountain once in a while to make the clear blue sky days seem all the more special. This was a good contrast to our March 2004 experience. Although not cold, the wind was really blowing at the summit and our waterproofs were very much needed.

The upper reaches of the walk above Dolgoch. This is a wonderful place.

On Monday we tackled Cader again, intending to visit a waterfall above Tal Y Llyn, but the path proved to be non-existent and with the slopes very slippery we aborted, and visited Dolgoch Falls instead. This was magical. We rounded off the day in low angled sunshine in an adjacent valley, examining Bird Rock and then the 13th Century ruins of Castell Bere. Both are worth a return visit. There's lots to do around Cader Idris besides climbing mountains!