On Sunday 13 February a number of trekkers joined up with friends from Kirklees and a group of 39 mad fools climbed Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa), which at 1085m or 3560ft, is the highest mountain outside of Scotland.
Steven Tuck (Kirklees Council) has led groups up Snowdon in the winter for several years now, with the intention of encountering snow. Sadly, the winter snow line on Snowdon that used to exist from October through till May has more or less disappeared today.
Starting in Llanberis at the side of the Lake, the chosen route ascended and descended the mountain using the Llanberis Path. Approximately 5 miles each way with a height gain of about 2,800 feet. We assembled in the car park and set off in pouring rain at about 10:20.
The first section of the walk was very steep and we soon started to stretch out. The weather varied all the way to the top with the cloud lifting a little, but sadly not clearing from the summit. Everyone made it to the top and although there wasn’t snow underfoot there were plenty of big flakes falling at the top.
The mountain revealed a little more of itself on the descent with the occasional vista opening up through the cloud. As usual, it seemed longer on the way down than it had on the climb.
After the walk a good few folk met in Pete’s Eats for a hearty feast and tales of derrin doo!
Our next group outing is likely to be the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Good Friday.
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