Glyderau in the mist

Posted by Brian Sayle on 15 September 2017 | Comments

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Glyderau in the mist.

Coming into Snowdonia I had no real plan on what to do this day, sunset 8pm but North Wales seemed to be nothing but cloud and mist and the forecast pretty much predicted this, I decided a new route wasn't on the cards today but to head to some familiar ground, Ogwen Valley it was.
Love this part of Snowdonia, it was one of the first mountain ranges I really began to explore. Its very different to other areas of North Wales, lots of rocky tor's and the odd mountain goat if you are lucky.
Over the last few years I have done it many times from many different routes in all kinds of weather, if doing it for the first time it might be better on a nice day since unlike Snowdon for example there are no paths as such so without a map and compass one could possibly head off in the wrong direction under conditions like I found this afternoon.

Heading up from the cottage via the popular route of Cwm Idwal through the Devils kitchen then turning south east and up to Glyder Fawr.
For a change I decided to make a bunch of black and white shots, obviously with them being RAW files they are colour to start with but with it being so misty something a bit more atmospheric appealed to me for a change.

Glyder Fawr was my first peak 1,001m (3,284 ft)

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The highest peak in the Glyderau range and the fifth-highest mountain in Wales. The word "Glyder" derives from the Welsh word "Gludair", meaning a heap of stones.

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Nant Ffrancon and the route of the A5 in the valley below.

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Lots of mist rolling in from the south, the Llanberis Pass.

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Heading west you cross a lot of rocky ground but there there is a grassed over section at Bwlch y Ddwy-Glyder and a brake in the mist revealed the western side of Castell y Gwynt.

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Looking back west, this mist can come and go, its a wonderful dramatic sight.

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Heading towards Glyder Fach 994m (3,261ft) with a view north across Llyn Bochlwyd and the west face of Tryfan in the distance.

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Looking toward Nant Ffrancon across Y Grbin Ridge

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The famous "Cantilever Stone", this was used in Walt Disney's film Dragonslayer

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On the west side of Bristly Ridge looking at Tryfan.

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Looking across a rocky part of Bristly Ridge

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Tryfan's south ridge.

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The way down now off the ridge for me was to take a large scree slope on the east side of Bristly Ridge, this small cairn is at the top of it

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Tryfan viewed from the drystone wall in the col

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View of Nant Ffrancon

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Down into Bwlch Tryfan for the last shot of the day and the easier walk back to the car.

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