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Home arrow Meet Reports arrow North Wales Meet, 12th to 14th September, 2008

North Wales Meet, 12th to 14th September, 2008

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Contributed by Ian Stuart   
This turned out to be one of the more successful meets of recent months, with a decent turnout and good weather.  The venue was the Gloucester MC Hut, situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Deiniolen (outside Llanberis).  A pleasant and quite well-equipped hut which would probably feel a bit crowded if full to its capacity of 18 places, but ideal for our group.

Saturday was a decent day with some cloud around but plenty of warm sunshine.  Most of us drove round above Bethesda and walked up Cwm Pen-llafar on the NW side of the Carneddau.  Next, an interesting crossing of the Afon Llafar which was surprisingly in spate after recent wet weather, then a steepish ascent up the side of Foel Ganol and onto our first 3000ft summit of the day, Yr Elen.  After a rest here, we moved on along the ridge towards Carnedd Llewelyn, taking in fine views down steep NE-facing gullies into the narrow Cwm Caseg, before reaching the summit of Llewelyn in time for a lunch stop.  In the afternoon, instead of the more obvious circuit round Dafydd, we moved northwards over Foel Grach, stopping to 'admire' the little refuge hut just below the summit, and on to Garnedd Uchaf, the disputed 15th Welsh 300ft peak.  The descent route took us over Yr Aryg and Bera Bach, both topped with rocky summits that looked like Dartmoor tors.

Meanwhile, the technical team - Derek, Don, Jon and Paul - set out to do some roped scrambles above Idwal Cottage, first the well-known grade 3 route Cneifion Arête, beginning at the NE corner of the Nameless Cwm and finishing at the lower end of Y Gribin. On Saturday afternoon they climbed the Chasm Face Route - a grade 3 scramble above Cwm Bochlwyd ending up on Glyder Fach.  They could not all squeeze through the crack above the chockstone to complete the route up the chimney, so climbed out over the chockstone and onto the summit.  They finished the day with a descent of Y Gribin.

In the evening, the pubs in Deiniolen being a bit unappealing, most of us stayed at the hut for an al fresco meal on the terrace with fine sunset views across the Menai Strait as far as Holyhead Mountain on the far side of Anglesey.  The rest headed down to Llanberis for a curry.

On Sunday the weather remained fine.  Derek, Jon and Paul again went for some scrambling, this time the grade 3 Clogwyn y Person Arête on Snowdon.  The walking group went straight from the hut onto Elidir Fawr and then a circuit round the Marchlyn Mawr over the summits of Mynydd Perfedd and Carnedd y Filiast.  You can find some of Don's, Paul's and Steve's photographs of this excellent weekend in the Gallery of the STMC website.  

Click here for Paul Burgess's pictures of the meet.

Click here for Steve's pictures of the meet.

Click here for Don's pictures of the meet.

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