I am very jealous of your views and photos Steve. We saw nowt all day. The weather was horrid, cool and extremely wet. Mind you, that’s probably why we managed Yr Aran as well for a three summit day and you didn’t. Whilst rain is unpleasant, it doesn’t sap the strength like hot sun does! We were wet and tired by the time we arrived at the foot of Yr Aran having descended the South Ridge from Snowdon, but we did have some remaining time, energy and enthusiasm. Having said that, the descent of Yr Aran is long and challenging, especially without the convenience of visability, and time, energy and enthusiasm were all exhausted by the time we got back to the car.
It was a very long day, starting from Nant Gwynant along the Watkin Path at 7.00am, eventually returning to that point at 9.00pm, 14 hours later, with 13 miles, over 6000 feet of ascent, 3 activations and 24 activator points behind us. Several radio equipment problems, problems with clothing, gear and boots plus being very tired caused us to cancel our intended expedition up NW-013 and NW-028 for today, so we did a repeat of Great Orme NW-070 instead. The wind on there, at just 207m ASL, was incredible. I appreciate it sticks out into the Irish Sea, but even so! An Arriva bus arrived on the Great Orme car park, opened it’s passenger door, and the force of the wind blew its entire front windscreen out and across the car park, narrowly missing my own car. We got out of there pretty quickly, and went down to Kinmel Bay for a chat and a brew with Roger MW0IDX, which was very pleasant. Ironically, our decision to cancel today was based on factors other than the wx, but I don’t think activations in the most part of Snowdonia would have been viable or even possible today.
In contrast, we had a superb walk and activation on Moel-y-Gest NW-067 on Friday evening after driving over from Macc. Great weather, stunning views and a lovely walk, the round trip including fairly breif activation taking 2 hours.
Full activation reports to follow.