It was touch and go this week as to whether we were going to get out on Friday, as Sharon has been suffering with a real heavy cold all week ( which no doubt I will get 10x worse!!) but she felt better by Thursday evening, and after seeing some photos posted on Thursday evening of the snowy conditions in Snowdonia, we were off first thing Friday morning...destination the Ogwen valley.
Our route for the walk was decided last minute when we arrived, but having looked at the stunning view up from Ogwen cottage we decided to head into one of our favourite places, Cwm Idwal, from here it was up Devils Kitchen, pausing for a coffee break before heading up the scree slope, that today was a snow slope onto Glyder Fawr.
The views across to the Snowdon range were awesome, the air was so cold and clear visibilty was brilliant for photography. After a nice guy offered to take our picture on the top of Glyder Fawr, we headed across to Glyder Fach, passing Castell Y Gwynt, one of Sharons favourites, and I managed to get the photo she's always wanted with Snowdon in the background.
Our route of descent was down the steep scree slope at the side of Bristly Ridge, this was a bit ropey as it was covered with snow, and at times was quite tricky, but the crampons and ice axe made it a lot easier!!
And from the foot of the south side of Tryfan, it was the long walk back down to Ogwen Cottage in the fading afternoon light.
All our friends know that we are not blessed with good weather days that often, so for us it was an amazing day, whenever or wherever we walk we have a great time, but on days like this it is extra special, a great day in the place we both love so much.
I took 300+ photos, a small selection to follow, we hope you enjoy and welcome your comments.
Tryfan from the layby on the A5 at the start of the walk
Amazing reflection of Cwm Idwal in llyn Idwal
Our route up through Devils Kitchen
The leap of faith across the waterfall
Pen Yr Ole Wen reflected in Llyn Idwal
Lots of snow up on the Carneddau opposite
We couldnt get enough of this stunning view across Cwm Idwal
Up above the snow line as we exit Devils Kitchen, time for a coffee!!
climbing the snow slope onto Glyder Fawr
A passing helicopter crosses Y Garn
Stunning views across to Snowdon
How I would have loved to have been over on Crib Goch, Sharon wasnt too keen!!
The Ice Maiden finds her Ice shelter
It was nice in the sun, but it was very cold as the ice on the rocks shows
the two of us on Glyder Fawr
looking down the Nant Ffrancon valley
nice deep snow on our walk across to Glyder Fach
Sharon guards her castle.... Castell Y Gwynt
The shot we wanted to get, Castell Y Gwynt with Snowdon in the background
Crib Goch with Snowdon behind
Another shot of Crib Goch
The Cantilever, coated in Ice, as we hadnt put our crampons on yet, posing on top was out of the question
The sun starts to drop behind the Snowdon Horseshoe
Looking across to Pen Y Helgu Du
Tryfan looks freezing as some cloud comes in around it
Sharon taking a break as we come the snow slope at the side of Bristly Ridge, she loved it!!
The setting sun lights up Pen Yr Ole Wen
and lights up the sky over the Glyders