Attendees: Andy Dobson (organiser), Sarah Roberts, Nick Piper, Dave Wilson, David Parry-Jones, Alan Tinkler, Claire White, Mark Conway, Peter Anderton, Dan Seymour, Dan Unwin, Ruxandra Marasescu, Pam Love & Keyna Garner
So 2 weeks on from our annual awards night, where we cooed at how stunning Snowdonia looked with blue skies over a white blanket in 2015, we attempted to recreate the scene.
We once again stayed at the Boulder centre in LLanberis, which has all the facilities you could hope for on a weekend away, and the staff are very friendly too.
Well, letâ€™s start with the positivesâ€¦ the roads were empty and all our journeys were fast and furious, which brings me nicely onto the weather. There is a saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong equipment. This theory put us all to the test; sticking with positives at this stage, the drying room at Boulder is really good!
Pam and the 2 Dans set off early on Friday and managed to clamber up a couple of windy peaks before we arrived (Moel Eilio and Foel Gron).
On Saturday we set off in 4 different groups aiming to get the best we could from the day. Dave W and Dan U set off first, deciding to tackle a lower mountain and go higher if it wasnâ€™t as bad as forecast. They were able to point the second group of Mark and Pete in the right direction (the Mamilâ€™s were running at this stage). Alan & Claire wisely chose to explore the local mine and museum, whilst the remaining 8 attempted a loop which included Elidir Fawr.
The weather wasnâ€™t very nice at all. Rain was being driven by 70mph winds arriving as a horizontal jet. After 2 hours the larger group had made it up Carnedd Y Filiast. Here the group split in 2 and half journeyed back to the hut, whilst the others continued into the wind across tops to Elidir Fawr, where we didnâ€™t hang around to any photos.
Dan U & Dave arrived at the pub first, having got blown away up Moel Eilio and thought â€˜sod this, letâ€™s watch the rugbyâ€™… In fact by 3pm almost all the group were in the pub watching the rugby; the main exception being the runners, who made it up and down from Yr Wyddfa to the cafÃ© at Pen y Pass, having completed many miles and rescued a few poorly equipped walkers. Having failed to get themselves rescued by those in the pub, Pete ran down the road to Llanberis, whilst Mark jumped in a passing Limo (heâ€™s got class).
The whole group assembled in the â€˜Heightsâ€™ where we had a good meal before early nights.
On Sunday we again set off in 4 groups. The wind was still blasting the mountains but without rain this time. The temperature did drop to just above freezing, bringing us a few other things to think about. Mark and Pete donned their lycra once more and ran from Llanberis to Ogwen, via Elidir Fawr, Y Garn and a few other peaks. They were met at Ogwen by Andy, Dan, Nick, David PJ, Pam and our newest member Ruxi (the Orange Ninja), whoâ€™d all climbed up Y Garn via Devilâ€™s Kitchen, then managed another couple of peaks before descending.
Keyna, Dave, Alan & Claire topped Yr Wyddfa, which had an icy glow about it. Strangely it was deserted except for a couple of tourists in designer gear. Their approach from the Pyg track had been screened from the wind; a well-chosen route.
It was Sarahâ€™s turn to escort the Dans around, showing them the Slate mine and a few potential club huts.
Ruxi, our newest member deserves a special mention for blending in so well, her enthusiasm and sense of humour weâ€™re both working well during a testing first trip.
My weekend is summed up by 2 observations: first, the worse the weather got, the happier Pam became! (you should look for the video on our Facebook page dated 8th Feb) and finally, being a bit weather beaten, but not defeated, made the trekking feel more like mountaineering. Please Sir, can we have some moreâ€¦?