24-26 January 2014: South West Region trip to North Wales

Three London members went on this trip, staying at Caseg Fraith, the London University climbing club hut near the base of Tryfan — we drove up on Friday evening in Sherry’s car.

Caseg Fraith and Tryfan

Caseg Fraith and Tryfan

There had been fantasies of this being a proper winter trip, but the reality was almost no snows on the tops and a dreadful weather forecast. On the Saturday, all three of us were part of a group who aimed to stay fairly low, heading up to the col between Tryfan and the Glyders, then down to Idwal Cottage and back around Llyn Ogwen. The ascnt to the col was fine, but there we were hit by a ferocious wind coming through the gap, blowing us over. The descent was enlivened by gail force hail, followed by continuous heavy rain — the best parts of the walk were probably the sausage rolls at Idwal Cottage.

A shortened walk was followed by a trip to the pub in Capel Curig, then Humphrey was chief cook for the evening meal. The heavy rain continued on Sunday morning, so most of the party made an early departure. Still, the company made it an enjoyable trip, with members from five regions.



About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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