You may find it easier to think of your kit list under headings: shelter (tent or tarp), eating (food and supplies, cooking gear and utensils), drinking (carried water, containers, hygiene, filtration), sleep (nightwear, sleeping bag, mat, pillow), clothing (layers, changes) and carrying (rucksack). Plus safety - whistle, small first aid kit, headtorch (spare batteries), map and compass, fully charged mobile phone.
There are dozens of lists and guides online. No need to slavishly copy any particular list, just treat them all as aides memoire.
to the summit. The view is apparently one of the finest in Wales but we were out of luck as it was cloudy. We descended the north-east ridge, first on slabby rock then over grass until we rejoined the farm track back to Pont y Cyfyng.
Obviously Crib Goch was the high point of the trip but all four walks were very enjoyable. Our thanks to Luke and Chris for their knowledge and encouragement.
Dave and I drove to Snowdonia last Saturday for an extended weekend. We stayed in a cheap'n'cheerful bunkhouse and enjoyed four days of mountain walking.
On the Sunday we headed for the Nantlles Ridge. We did a car shunt so that we could do the whole ridge as an end-to-end walk and started from Rhyd Ddu. We got to the first summit as the mist cleared revealing wonderful views south along the coast. After an interesting little scramble we enjoyed the longish undulating walk, a nice warm-up for the next couple of days.
On Monday things got decidedly less pastoral. We parked beside the A5 near Milestone Buttress and set off up Tryfan. It's a very blokey mountain, rough and unrelenting. We barrelled our chests, jutted our chins, stiffened our upper lips and made a start. The guide book helpfully described the route as 'up' - no shit, Sherlock?
Pausing at the Canon, we fell into conversation with a young Tryfan veteran named Luke who led us up a few easy scrambles before forging ahead. A bit later we drifted a bit east of the ridge line but luckily Luke spotted us from above and nipped down a gully to guide us back up to the ridge.
The gully was quite steep and despite the sound rock and good holds I found a couple of the moves at the limit of my strength and agility. But a few words and an extended hand from Luke saw me up and a few minutes more scrambling from the top of the gully brought us to Tryfan's summit. Every bugger on the mountain seemed to be leaping Adam and Eve - except me, needless to say.
From the summit we headed down the south ridge to Tryfan Bwlch. We gave Bristly a miss and walked the longer way round to Glyder Fach and the cantilever. The cloud closed in as we crossed the boulder fields to Glyder Fawr but it lifted soon after we started down towards the Devil's Kitchen, Cym Idwal and the A5.
The weather gods were smiling upon us on the Tuesday as we prepared for the Snowdon Horseshoe. Our guide for the day, Chris Jackson, met us in Capel Curig. The Pen Y Pass car park was full so we parked at Pen Y Gwyrd. This meant a longer walk-in so we were already warmed-up as we ascended the Pyg Track towards Crib Goch.
On the ascent scramble I again found some of the moves nearly beyond my strength and reach in places. But a bit of instruction and reassurance from Chris buoyed my confidence and up I went. Nonetheless I was relieved to reach the arete and catch my breath for a minute or two.
Health warning: fall off from here and you're pretty much fucked. That caveat out of the way, Crib Goch is exhilarating and magnificent! We started off along the ridge and much to my relief I felt unfazed by the exposure: that said, for me the ridge demanded caution, concentration and care. But it's a really superb place to be!
All too soon we had passed the pinacles, crossed Crib Y Ddysgl to the summit of Garnedd Ugain and were plodding up to Yr Wyddfa with the crocodile of walkers on the Llanberis path. This was familiar ground to me but it was Dave's first visit to the summit with its cafe and crowds of train passengers.
As afternoon drew on we continued the route by descending the thoroughly unpleasant Watkins Path. But having left the path things looked up and we really enjoyed the rocky traverse of Lliwedd's three summits. With the sun on our backs we walked out on the miner's path and down the road to our car. It had been a truly memorable day - our thanks to Chris.
We both had long drives home on the Wednesday so we decided to do a shorter half day walk up Moel Siabod. Described on UKHillwalking.com as "Snowdonia's best half day" this mountain did not disappoint. We started up from the A5 near Pont y Cyfyng and came through some mine ruins to the ridges that enclose Cwm y Foel. Easy scrambles led up the Daear Ddu ridge to the summit. ....