Scrambling in North Snowdonia

Date / Time
Date(s) - 11 Jul 2014 until 13 Jul 2014 All Day

Where are we staying?
Gwern Gôf Isaf bunkhouse, Gwern Gôf Isaf Farm, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, LL24 0EU, grid reference 686602, and pictures at The bunkhouse is “beautifully situated on a traditional hill-farm between Capel Curig and Llyn Ogwen, close to the base of the well-known peak of Tryfan. Set in the heart of the mountains it is ideally situated for walking or climbing the surrounding peaks of the Glyders, and the Carneddau. Map. If you’re coming along, watch out for the deceptively similarly named Gwern Gôf Uchaf which is nearby, but not the same place!

What are we doing?
The focus of the weekend will be developing scrambling skills. Weather permitting, the planned routes are a classic traverse of the Carneddau (taking scrambling rather than walking routes where possible) for the Saturday and an ascent of Tryfan via the North ridge or one of the East face routes for the Sunday. Alternatives, if those attending would rather do more famous routes, include Crib Goch and Bristly Ridge on Glyder Fach. None of the scrambles will be more difficult than grade 2 on this trip. If the weather is less good, I will plan some lower level routes, although these are likely to be longer. If you don’t fancy the planned routes or the weather is utterly terrible, there is so much to do in the North Snowdonia area. Plas y Brenin is only 3-4 miles away and you can sometimes get on the courses there at quite short notice. I quite fancy some caving as a back-up plan:

What are the food plans?
It’s about 3 miles to the nearest pub (which I can personally recommend), so I thought we’d do a group meal for Saturday night, but if people would rather drive to the pub that is an option. Dinner on Friday, breakfasts and lunches are your own responsibility.

What equipment do I need?
Only usual kit is required – i.e. stout boots, waterproofs, warm clothing, quick-dry trousers, rucksack. If you have a suitable rope and/or climbing hardware feel free to bring them, although we will be taking enough protection to cover those who are a bit more wary on the more difficult sections of the planned routes.

How many spaces are there?
The bunkhouse we’ve currently booked sleeps 6. However, the larger bunkhouse at the farm (which sleeps 14) is currently still available for these dates and so we should be able to swap to that if the trip books up quickly. There is also a campsite at the farm with good facilities, so if you’ve a tent there’s effectively no limit!

What will it cost?
Accommodation is £12 per person per night, so £24 for the weekend (provided we fill the bunkhouse). If we do a group meal there will be a small charge (usually less than £5) to cover the cost.

How do I book?
As it’s less than a month away and isn’t an expensive trip, please pay the full £24 into the Club account with reference NSNS14, confirming your payment to Sarah Roberts (trip organiser) and Mark Foster (Club treasurer).

Organiser Sarah Roberts


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