So after driving down to Snowdonia and parking up near the Ogwen cottages in thick fog/cloud, i start my walk towards Y-Garn. There is quite alot of ice on the path through the rock cutting but as i walk towards Cym Idwal patches of snow increase making easier going.
I am now at the start of the Y-Garn track , its looking very gloomy and i just hope i can break through this cloud to see some views.
Full of anticipation i am climbing up into even thicker cloud , the snow cover is increasing now as i gain height and cant see anything around me now!
Time to put my micro spikes on now as the snow is quite thick here , but it is quite soft mostly making heavy going up the steps section. its actually looking a bit brighter above me now with glimpses of the sun trying to break through the cloud.
another 15 mins of climbing and suddenly...............................
OMG!!! Yay :D WHAT A FIRST VIEW OF THE INVERSION!
Pen-yr-ole-wen rising majestically above the cloud in front of me.
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I am level with the top of the inversion , i shoot 7 portrait frames to stitch together to make this panorama of Pen-yr and Tryfan over to the right. view larger HERE
Climbing above the Inversion now ,its a glorious sight :)
Sitting in the sun watching the clouds move around in front of me , its quite warm up here :)
Stopping frequently for photographic breaks , the views are amazing, Cym Idwal and the Devils Kitchen are down there in the cloud , Tryfan over to the left and the Glyders around to the right.
Y-Garn summit is in view , left of the sharp point on the right of this image, that's the steepest section to negotiate.
Another photo break just above Llym Clyd which is a small lake down below the summit . the Inversion is starting to break up now as i can almost see down to Llyn Ogwen to the right of Pen-yr.
Onwards and upwards as they say :)
steep off the path but not too bad in the deep snow on the main path.
The path follows this ridge straight up to the top plateau where i will be able to see the Snowdon Massif hopefully surrounded by the Inversion.
Looking down to Tryfan , the cloud base is dropping now as it disperses with the suns warmth .
The final long climb to the Plateau.........
Love this image with the rocks :)
almost a Batman shadow :D
The summit is in sight , up this steep scramble and then a short walk along the plateau to the small stone shelter on the summit.
A view down Ogwen valley as the cloud clears , can see miles now :) Llyn Idwal and Ogwen are now visible with Llyn Clyd covered in ice/snow directly below me to the right.
Almost to the top now , the deep snow is giving good footholds here .
I have reached the top plateau ,The first view i get of Snowdon massif surrounded by cloud,what an amazing view :D
Looking towards Anglesey, only the Menai straits are visible where the inversion has dropped into the warmer channel. wow! i will take a better image with long lens later .
Sitting in the sun just watching the cloud swirling around between the peaks :)
It doesn't get much better than this up in the mountains, what a day.
Just a short walk up to the summit now at 3107ft altitude .
View from the summit :)
Tryfan and the Glyderau clear of the cloud now.
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Continued in pt2