Sorry for the lack of updates, but since I have started college, I have had very little time to get out and about snapping. The image above I was meant to upload a while ago, but I completely forgot about it. Anyway, the mountain you see above is Elidir Fawr (Eli-Deer Vau-Er), at 924 metres this places her firmly in the 3,000 foot plus category that we are so fond of in the UK. It also means that she is part of the long-distance walk, known as the Welsh 3,000’ers – that is, all fourteen of our wonderful mountains that reach this dizzy height (for the UK at least). Information on this mountain walk can be found here, but it is not something to be taken up lightly; it is very difficult, very long and very unpredictable as far as the weather is concerned, and you should not attempt this unless you are a seasoned hill-walker. Besides, I don’t want to have to come out and rescue you (in the nicest possible way, mind) in the middle of the night because you are lost in the cloud and darkness, freezing and gibbering, wishing that you had packed more warm clothes and hadn’t relied on your GPS for navigation…ahem, sorry digressing a little there.
Where was I? Ah yes, the mountain. Elidir Fawr is one of the first mountains you will see as you turn off the A55 and head towards Llanberis from the north; having a large side profile, it is pretty obvious. She is much harder to make out from the south or east, as is hidden from view. From the west, she is the perfect pyramidal shape that we may have all imagined a mountain to look like when we were kids. The mountain juts out from the northern end of the Glyder range, seemingly isolated due to her size, into the Pass of Llanberis with her sweeping, steep southern slopes tumbling down into the wonderful Cwm Dudodyn (Coom Di-do-din), whilst her wide, northern flank drops down to the wind-swept, flat plateau of Elidir Fach (795 metres), her little sister. In the image below I’m stood at said little sister’s summit cairn, looking roughly north-east.
I think that the mountain is a gem. It has so much character and the views that you are provided with after you have toiled up to and over her bouldery, ankle-breaking ridge are simply wonderful. You have a perfect, unimpeded 360 degree panorama, as far as the eye can see. Away east to the plateaued tops of the Carneddau and the eastern Glyders and Tryfan, sweeping down to the A5 and Dyffryn Ogwen. West to Moel Eilio and the Nantlle Ridge, down the Lleyn Peninsula to the triple fork of Yr Eifl (and if you’re very lucky, low sea mist clawing at it’s lower, northern slopes). As well as this, you can see straight down into the great maw of the Llanberis Pass and the northern ridge of Yr Wyddfa snaking its way down to the village of Llanberis. If the weather permits, Yr Wyddfa will show you a small triangular section of her 1,085 metre peak (the highest in England and Wales, if you did not know this), with the remainder of her secrets hidden behind the great north-facing, footpath scarred bulkhead of Carnedd Ugain. From here, your eye will lead you left to the fearsome ridge of Crib Goch, her red colours rising up out of Cwm Uchaf to the Pinnacles. Feast your eyes.
The last image is a zoomed shot of Y Garn and her east ridge. I plan on having a walk up here tonight. And at that time of day, the top will be deserted, leaving me plenty of time to relax with a hot cup of tea, take some photographs and just savour the beauty of the surroundings that I am immensely fortunate to live in.
Take care out there, folks.