Hi everyone, Odd Sock here again!
Sorry I've not got round to writing my blog for AGES again! I'm putting the finishing touches to a little book about my big Scottish adventure, so I think I'll stop blogging about the rest of that trip now, or I'll never get back up to date!
The photo above was taken last week at the start of my next adventure. I'm in Capel Curig in Wales, waiting to get the bus up to Pen y Pass.
When M said she was going to be walking up Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales), I asked if I could join her. She did warn me that this was going to involve a VERY LONG walk, but I was too excited about the idea of setting off on another adventure, and not really listening...
The first sign of danger was this warning as we set off up to a jagged ridge called "Crib Coch". I didn't remember Scotland coming with warning signs!
It didn't have very good views due to the low cloud up there, but I wasn't too sure I wanted to see all the way to the bottom of both steep sides from that ridge!
We finally got to a concrete Trig point (used to mark some summits), and I munched on some chocolate. M then said this one wasn't Snowdon yet, though, and we'd got quite a bit further to walk to that one...
So I eventually made it to this even bigger Trig point, which was the top of Snowdon! It was too slippery to sit up on though, so I needed a bit of help!
Next I discovered a big cafe up there, and that I could have taken a steam train to the top! Oh well, apparently this sign says I'm nearer to Heaven!
I wasn't allowed to take the train down, but at least I tried to make sure M picked a more sensible path...
The clouds clear now, and this path looks better, until M insists we drop straight over the steep edge on the right. Where exactly are we heading, M?
Apparently we will camp down in a place called Nant Peris tonight, which explains why M seemed to have packed a tent. At least there are a few interesting tree climbs to entertain me on the way down!
Finally time for dinner. Perhaps I need to check with M about where we are going...
Good job I packed plenty of choccie. Looks like this walk is going to last 3 days, and be a lot longer than I realised. We weren't setting off just to climb Snowdon, but to climb ALL 14 of the Welsh mountains over 3000ft high!!
Apparently lots of people do this as a 24 hour challenge walk, but they have support vehicles and don't carry tents!
On day 2 I got rudely awoken at 5am!! The next 2 days were forecast to be hot, and there was a long steep climb up to the top of our next mountain. M wanted us to be well on the way up that before the heat of the sun kicked in.
This mountain is called Elidir Fawr, and the black heaps in the background here are "slag heaps" of unwanted rock from the old slate quarry near it's bottom.
In Part 2 I'll tell you all about the 2nd very long section of this very long walk! I really do need to concentrate more on the details before setting off with M in future!!
Bye for now, Love Odd xxx