The forecast was for a nice day so I headed up to North Wales for GW/NW-008 Y Lliwedd for 8 SOTA points. With a cuckoo calling I set off from the carpark at Nantgwynant SH627506 towards the summit. £6 to park for the day…toilet facilities available. I’d started from home at 5:30am and arrived just after 8:15am so with the carpark filling up quickly I made my way up via the Watkin path.
My GPS route
Pleasant walk towards the mines and Gladstone Rock
Evidence of the old mine workings ahead
Heading up Cwm Llan for the Gladstone Rock
Gladstone Rock with Yr Aran to the right GW/NW-019
Heading into the clouds and …
…leaving the mines below
It was a great walk but all the surrounding summits were shrouded with low cloud. There were many making the trek up the path but most socially distanced conversations ended with the fact that they were going up to Snowdon GW/NW-001…nobody going my way.
Distance to the summit was just over 4 miles the worst section being the scramble from Bwlch Ciliau to the West Peak at 898m and I had to do it in the mist!
View at Bwlch Ciliau…turn East here for Y Lliwedd
Y Lliwedd in the cloud…long way to go…it’s up there somewhere
One of the easy bits…
Seated on summit…no view…and then…
…a view with my ascent route below
The office ready to activate the summit
Looking towards East peak…
Yaesu FT2 / Slim Jim / 4m Decathalon pole
Neil MW0WBG/P was first in the log with an s2s from Moel Gyw then I was delighted to hear Viki MW6BWA/P calling from Waun Fach quickly followed by Rod MW0JLA/P…how about that for timing…thanks everyone…26 contacts in my 2m-fm log so thanks to all the chasers and activators. It was a great activation marred only by some de-sensing on the FT2 which didn’t help with a smooth activation and pile-up. I think I was so high that I was getting other unrelated stations mixing with my chasers…I think I should have used the FT270 … anyway job done and I hope everyone that wanted Y Lliwedd made my log?
Heading down…along with others
Clear view of Snowdon now
Snowdon and a queue for the top???
Llyn Llydaw below
Yr Aran GW/NW-019 and my ascent and now descent route below
Towards Moelwyn Mawr GW/NW-016 and my car park in the valley below
My Blog https://gw4vpx.blogspot.com/ for this activation is up but it’ll probably be the last entry I put in there as I’m finding keeping it updated too time consuming and over the last year there have been less visits to the site. There are now other simpler and more instant communication media available which I participate in and excellent information available on other sites including the SOTA website and SOTA mapping. The Blog was started by my good friend and one time fellow activator Steve MW0BBU. We notched up over 60,000 hits between us but it’s time to move on. Thanks to everyone for their support.
73 Allan GW4VPX