So the snowdoina adventure began on friday morning 10th of November (the day after my birthday) at Zip World Fforest nestled in the Conwy valley just outside Betws-y-coed, this involved zipping through the woods on a alpine roller-coaster which is great fun and worth having a go at and then a bit of Photography below the bridge in Betws-y-coed and a wonder about.
next we are off to Beddgelert for two nights normally we would have stayed in Betws-y-coed but we went for somewhere in the heart mountains this time.
November 11th 2017.
Sat eating breakfast and a check of the weather on my phone for a weather check on Snowdon weather report says clear on the summit and good visibility for three hours "oh good" now we do not like Snowdon in the summer due to the crowds and rubbish left behind on the summit and at how commercialized it is with the cafe, train and the pushing and shoving, after September the mountain regains as itself as mountaineers mountain status, hence we have gone in November.
Todays route taken today is via the Rangers path to the summit never walked it before and I love it, straight in and steep then levels out and straight up again with plenty of zig-zags, then meets up with the Lanberis path and pyg track, quite a few walkers up but there walkers and no pushing and shoving like it is in the summer, visibility zero on the summit which we do not really mind, the fun is the journey up and down.
I have brought the hot drink facility's which is my camping stove and cups, so were sat on the station summit platform drinking hot coffee in zero visibility yes the weather report was wrong, now its getting really cold sat in one spot so pack the stove away and follow the railway track down back onto the Ranger path for fast decent to get warmed up again.
In the car back for the short Journey back the Hotel we are staying in back at Beddgelert , ahh bliss sat down by a open fire with a glass of wine and a Cider total bliss.
November 12th 2017
Check out of the hotel day and a big cooked breakfast, off to the Slate mining town Blaenau Ffestiniog for a walk up to Stwlan Dam up what I can only explain as an Alpine style road twisting its way up to the Dam, the reservoir is part of a huge 360 megawatt pumped storage hydro power-station, the decommissioned Magnox nuclear power-station visible from Stwlan Dam stands out like some sort of giant castle sat out in the middle of the snowdonia National park if the truth be known it is a highly contaminated site with decontamination an ongoing process that will take 92 years until after its closure or another way of looking at it 124 years after in construction started....give me hydro power any day.....
we will most certainly be back in the spring to explore the slate mines of Blaenau Ffestiniog in the spring.