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Friday, 30 December 2016

Moel Hebog and Moel ddu from Beddgelert

 A few days into my Christmas break, I planned a quick outing to Snowdonia , a couple of days walking a cicuit from Beddgelert  was the the perfect opportunity to walk off the Christmas excesses.
my route was to take me onto Moel Hebog then out to Moel-ddu , then return via Cwm Oerddwr & the Aberglasyn Pass back to Beddgelert.
 
 
looking  back to Beddgelert
 
 
I took the path through Cwm Cloch Isaf , crossing the welsh highland railway a couple of times , ahead Moel Hebog towered above me .
 
Gaining height  the view's opened up behind me , the summit of Snowdon still in mist - the rest were clear.
 
view towards Snowdon
 
 
 
 
Approaching the lower crags on Moel Hebog , I knew this was were the hard work of the day began , a relentless uphill slog , over loose scree & boulder fields , I hoped the view from the top would be clear , unlike my last visit , some 3 yrs. ago , where it was completely misted out .
 
lower crags on Moel Hebog
 
 
 
 
Snowdon , Yr Aran , & y Lliwedd from Moel Hebog
 

 
 
Climbing through the boulder fields , the mist came rolling in on a strong cold wind , I knew it wasn't looking good for clear views .. oh well , an excuse to come back in the future.
 
mist coming in
 
 
 
 
I continued onto the summit cairn with zero view's , and found a sheltered spot to have lunch , and at the same time check the map and bearing's to locate the grassy descent to Cwm Cyd , with near zero visability I had to get the line right , as either side would lead me onto difficult / dangerous terrain.
 
 
 
heading for the summit of Moel Hebog
 

 
 
 
Once down , I was below the mist , and navigation became easy again . the walk along the ridge on Bryn Banog was a delight , and I spent some time exploring and taking photographs from various view points.
 
 
looking back to Moel Hebog from Cwm Cyd
 
 
 

 
 
Moel Hebog , from Bryn Banog
 
 
 
Around late afternoon I began to think of camp spot's , with sunset around 4 pm , I wanted to be in camp around 3 pm , in the hope of getting some good golden hour shot's . I decide on a camp on Moel Ddu , but first I would have to descend to Llyn Oerddwr , and follow the inlet stream up to Moel Ddu. I collected water as high up as possible , and with my pack around 4 kg's heavier , continued over rough ground to reach the wall leading up to the summit . once there I dropped my pack to have a wander round for pitch site's , eventually settling on a spot close to the cairn , the views were stunning.
 
 
There was a descent sunset , then the skies clouded over , so I retired to the Trailstar for food , hot drink's and whisky .
 
 
Around 9 pm I peered out of the door , and could see the skies  were clearing .
 
 
I got out , grabbed my camera to see what shot;s  I could get .
 
 
view ahead to Moel - Ddu


 
 
sunset from camp
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
relaxing at camp
 
 
 
 
Later that night , the wind got stronger  and the skies clouded over , I did not hold out much hope of a good sunrise , but I set my alarm for 7 am , and relaxed in my bivy , drinking the last of the whisky , then drifted of to sleep .
 
 
When I awoke in the morning I could see the skies were clear , I lit my little meth's stove , and relaxed watching the silent flame - hot coffee in camp is one of life's simple pleasure's , but one I greatly enjoy .
 
 
coffee  drank , I grabbed my camera and headed out , there was a glorious sunrise , and later a lovely warm orange glow on the surrounding mountains , I could have spent hours here , but with family coming round for drinks and a curry later that evening , I was under strict instructions to return early .
 
It was around 10 am when I finally struck camp , I was finding it very hard to tear myself away .
 
 
early morning light at camp
 
 
looking towards Moel Hebog from summit cain on Moel- Ddu.
 
 
Cnicht & the moelwynion silhouetted against a pre dawn glow
 
 
camp panorama
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
morning glow on Bryn Banog & Moel Hebog
 
 
 
 
 
 


view to sea , from Moel - Ddu.
 
 
Descending back to Cwm Oerddwr , there were stunning views towards the Snowdon horseshoe , a fine day to ascend Snowdon via Crib Goch for anyone lucky enough to be doing so .
 
 
Continuing down through the valley  it was a glorious day , The path continues to a stile where it enters the wood's at Aberglasyn pass , a dlightfull walk along the AfonGlaslyn concludes the trip back to beddgelert , lot's of family's were out walking along the river , enjoying the fine Christmas weather , it had been a very enjoyable and relaxed couple of day's .
 
 
until the next time , happy wildcamping.
 
 
Daron



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






















































































Tuesday, 13 December 2016

wild camps 2016

Jan 2016

Due to work/ family commitments , I was unable to get out in January 2016

Feb 2016

This was my 1st trip for over 2 years in the akto , I wanted to see how it compared to the trailstar as I always enjoyed my camps using it .
1 night trip to Arenig Fawr.




Feb. 2016
2 night trip , 1st night Carnedd y Cribau. 2nd night ysgafell wen




 
 
 
 
April 2016
After a couple of trips using the akto I decided to sell it , really missed the room in the trailstar, so I bought another !
This was meant to be a 2 night trip , but weather put paid to 2nd night , 1st night was spent on Glasgwym.
 
 
 
 
 


May 2016
 
May saw me heading to the Lake District a 2 night trip to the northern lakes . 1st night carrock fell
2nd night blencathra.
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
July 2016
 
July saw me heading back to the lakes , for a 3 night trip round the kentemere & Haweswater fells .
1st night Gowk hill , 2nd night selside , 3rd night stoney cove pike .
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
July 2016
 
A quick over nighter to the berwyns , camped below moel sych.
 
 
 
August 2016
 
August 2016 , another trip to the lakes , and my 1st camping with others .  2 nights round the langdale's with peter Dixon @munro277 on twitter .
1st night Little stand , 2nd night codale head ( where we also camped with lee taylor @leerockwell15 )
 
 
 
 
 
 
Late August 2016 , I was in ballachulish for 1 wk , this gave me the chance for my 1st Scottish wildcamp , an overnighter from ballachulish - taking in Sgorr Dhearg & Sgurr Dohnuill. had planned on camping on the 2nd munro , but wind was far to strong , so dropped back to Beinn a' Bheithir.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 September 2016
A 1 night trip to Arenig Fawr , this time approaching from Llyn arenig Fawr. apologies for pic quality , was taken on my iPhone
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 2016
A 2 night trip along the glyderau , returning along the carneddau.
1st night glyder Fawr - with a fantastic view towards Snowdon.
2nd night Carnedd Llewelyn.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 2016
 
A planned 2 night trip to the lake district , cut short due to weather.
this was my 1st taste of winter 2016
camped below yoke , above rainsborrow tarn .
 
 
 
 
 
A week later I was back in Snowdonia , a 1 night trip to the Moelwynion .
camped on ysgafell wen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As I said at the beginning , I'm hoping to get out for 1 more trip over the Christmas holidays - weather permitting.
 
Thanks for reading , merry Christmas & and a happy new year to you all .
 
Till next time , Happy Wildcamping
 
Daron.
 
I did manage to get out for 1 final trip
 
Dec 2016
 
2 day trip from beddgelert , taking in moel hebog , with a camp on moel ddu