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FANTASTIC OGWEN MEET

24th Jan 2023

“ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC DAY!” Dave Kirk
“IT’S BEEN A LOVELY DAY: I’VE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT” Annette Cope
ONE OF THE BEST WALKS I’VE DONE WITH THE CLUB: FANTASTIC SCENERY” Stuart Fellows
“GREAT WALK: PUSHED MY OWN LIMITS TO SOMETHING I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS CAPABLE OF (MOEL SIABOD)” Mark Andar
“ALWAYS WORTH COMING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT GET! IT WAS FANTASTIC TODAY, WITH GREAT CONDITIONS” Oliver Stephenson
“GREAT DAY. SUPER SNOW – IDEAL FOR SNOWBALLS!” Mike Smith
“GREAT WINTER CONDITIONS & WONDERFUL VIEWS” Phil Williams
“DON’T BE PUT OFF BY THE WEATHER. FORECAST WAS FOR 60mph BUT IT WAS FAIRLY CALM. GLAD I CAME – CREACKING DAY” Fred Hammonds
“MY THIGHS ARE STILL ACHING 3 DAYS LATER!!” John Edwards

All the comments above (bar one) were made on the coach home from January’s Ogwen meet by some of the 31 aboard. They tell you all you need to know really but here’s a bit more detail in case you haven’t seen the wonderful array of photos on various Facebook pages.
The BBC Weather suggested morning rain over Eryri would pass by ~10 am & that temperatures would drop to below freezing that night, so that suggested snow & subzero conditions on the tops! It was a little disappointing therefore for the 14 who alighted at Pont Cyfyng & the 14 who got off at Idwal to find it was still raining quite heavily from the low cloudbase of a completely grey sky. So it was waterproofs on early but gradually as we got higher the squelchy mud turned to ‘slush on the rocks’ and, at around 1500 ft, we started to hit decent powder snow.

Then the rainabated, conditions became more Arctic with rime-crusted rocks & limited visibility but crampons & ice axes were not needed, not even on Daiar Ddu – the east ridge of Moel Siabod. Most agreed with John & Anne Nuttall’s description of this as “a delightful ascent, an easy scramble up a narrow rocky arete, with a good path all the way. They were down by 4pm and were able to enjoy drinks at Plas y Brenin & Tyn-y-Coed.
The Glyders party which included 4 septuagenarians enjoyed scrambling up the summit rocks on Fawr & Fach although none ventured up onto The Cantilever - indeed some never found it in the clouds! They then had a tough 4 mile slog across 2 more Nuttalls over increasingly boggy & slippy ground, although they did start to enjoy some fine views. Alas, cramp set in on a couple a couple of miles from safety & although most made it down just after 5pm, with only a few minutes use of headtorches, one cramped-up party took 30 minutes longer. Nigel got us all back onto the coach by 6.15 after a great but knackering day out in winter conditions.