Monday, 2 January 2017

Glan Dena - New Year 2017

Pen yr Ole Wen from the top of the Sheep Walk above Llyn Idwal

New Year meant the annual trip to the MAM hut at Glan Dena. Nice walk on New Years Eve up Cwm Tryfan and onto the SE end of the Glyders ridge and down to Capel Curig and then back along the old Military Road to the hut. Arrived in the last of the daylight. Clearish skies but no snow.

On the Sheep Walk next to the Devils Kitchen

On New Year's morning there was cloud almost down to the hut, but as it cleared we could see a sprinkling of snow on the tops. A mass walk to Llyn Idwal then split into 3 groups and I went with the supposed "just going up Devils Kitchen and back". That soon morphed into going up the "Sheep Walk" - a nice narrow path across the rock face to the right of the kitchen. As we go to the top of that and the snow is was then "well it's not far to the summit of Y Garn!"

Looking towards the Glyders from Y Garn summit

The cloud thinned as we walked and there were great views out over the whole of Snowdonia with the snow fading in nicely around 2500'.

Pen-yr-Ole-Wen on the left, and Tryfan on the right, Llyn Ogwen in the middle

All in all a great couple of days on the hill to kick-start 2017!

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