Sunday, 16 September 2012

Tryfan mountain Scramble Adventure 6th August 2012

After all the butterflying i have been doing recently it was time for a change , a good scramble in the welsh mountains seemed a good idea .  so Tryfan fitted the bill :)    and great views down the valleys.  Tryfan 3,010 ft  is situated next to Lyn Ogwen in the Ogwen valley,  Snowdonia national park north Wales.
i arrived early in the morning, ish .   the weather forecast was for it to be dry with variable amounts of cloud and hill fog according to the mountain forecast , so not too bad.   here is the view just by the car park at the Ogwen cottages , i had decided to climb up via the waterfall path leading up to Llyn Bochlwyd , yes the scene of an earlier trip Here where i slipped and broke small bone in foot!!!!!!!!!!
must be careful this time i thought   lol

 a short distance from the road is the famous view up to the "devils kitchen" from the bridge over the Idwal waterfall :)

i make my way up the path until it splits and turns right to go up to Cym Idwal and the "kitchen"   makes a great composition :)  the "Devils Kitchen" amphitheatre surrounds the lake seen in the top of this image.  cloud looks like its building on the tops already, but there is still a few blue bits showing through the cloud!

Heading up towards the waterfalls that come down from Llyn Bochlywd , negotiating the very boggy ground and now looking back down the Nant Ffrancon valley

                                and up towards Tryfan on the left,and the waterfalls are visible straight ahead

                                 A shot looking down the valley from half way up the falls path

upon reaching the top , the boulder section that tried to kill me last time comes into view, this time i cross the stream on the rocks before it gets near to the lake which was much easier . but did stop,and carefully manage to take this image :)

                 a bit of blue sky showing through the low cloud , but don't think it will last long!

 Climbing high above Llyn Bochlwyd on the left side in this image , you can just see the end of Cym Idwal in the centre .   the views are stunning from up here , but will get even better as i scramble up to the summit of Tryfan :)

   looking down on Llyn Ogwen and Pen yr ole wen over to the right , Cym idwal left centre with Y Garn behind.

                                                                            What a view!

   Now its scrambling time :)     very enjoyable, steep slope of big huge boulders, one slip and a broken leg could quite easily happen!        

                Yip, this is scramble terrain , allot different to the Lakes walks i do :D

       The views are getting better now, after a good 15 mins clambering i take a rest and take a few shots:)                         (aka " a Tanya stop " as they are called from now on :) see HERE  for explanation )

        The summit of Tryfan is over to the right in this image , a long scramble still left to negotiate:)

          Looking down from the summit now , i will just let the images tell the story so to speak :)

in the clouds now :)

looking down the ridge of Glyder fach

Llyn Bochlwyd ,Cym Idwal and Y Garn

making my way back down now , scramble time. no real path or route to follow, just head downwards!

looking back up from where i have just made my way down!   

and the final trek back down the valley

What a great day its been , great scrambling and views.  and a good work out for the leg and arm muscles :)


  1. oooooh boy these photos are lovely.... breathtaking view! Truly beautiful. I neeeeed to get myself back there. Wales sure is beautiful. :-)

  2. Lol!! Tanya stops rule!!
    Great photos and blog. I haven't been to Wales for years and have never climbed there. You have inspired me to go there... :-)

  3. Fantastic scenery but I don't envy you all that scrambling, (I think I'll stick to eggs!). Good ol' Tanya Stops - you can't beat them :-)