Chester Mountaineering Club, PCU Cottage, Llanberis, Snowdonia, North Wales
For the February meet this year the club returned to the Chester Mountaineering Club Hut in North Wales. This converted cottage is situated on the Snowdon’s Llanberis “tourist” path and is about 300m above the town of Llanberis, Snowdonia.
Friday: The first club members arrived in Snowdonia around lunchtime and then headed off into the hills & valleys to make use of the rest of a relatively dry day. Dan & Andy walked form the hut to complete the Moel Eilo range of hills, while Louie headed up the Llanberis path to visit the summit of Snowdon & then scramble along Crib Goch before hitching back to Llanberis and the hut. Little Tryfan was the target for Rae, Mac & David W for a spot of scrambling and practice in ropework while Alan, David H & Ivona headed down to Llanberis to visited the Slate Mines and the lake. The rest of the club members turn up at various times during the evening.
Saturday: Daybreak brought some very cold and changeable weather so after a quick breakfast those attending the meet split into three groups; one going across to Pen-y-Gwryd and completing a transverse of the Glyders returning via the café at Pen-y-Pass (Alan, Andy, Dan, David H, Conor, Ivona, Shane & Jason), another went to the Idwal area in Ogwen to complete a scramble near Idwal Staircase (David W, Rae, Mac & Louie) and the last group also went to the Ogwen Valley and completed a circuit of the Carneddu incl Pen Yr Ole Wen, Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn (Bob, Sophie, Abu & Stuart).
Sunday: The team awoke to very windy weather and a forecast of heavy rain from middle morning, so the more brave members attempted to get up Snowdon via the Llanberis path but turned back because of the high winds (Bob, Sophie, Stuart, Conor & Shane), others went to the Ty’n Llwyn car park, not far from the Ugly House to visit the Swallows Falls & Betws-y-Coed (Alan, David H, Ivona & Jason) while the rest returned home to Milton Keynes following a hearty breakfast.
Thanks to everyone for joining in another excellent weekend in North Wales.
MKMC members attending: Alan, Andy, Dan, Bob, Sophie, Rae, Mac, David W, Conor, Louie, Abu, Shane, Stuart, Ivona, Jason & David H