Cwm Cneifion

31st Dec 2009


Something -anything- in Wales.
It's New Years Eve and There's Snow

New toy this Xmas: Panasonic LX3 with HD video. So there's some MP4 videos as well as pictures. I've recoded them down from HD to something more web bandwidth friendly (a few MB each), I'm too idle to figure out how to set up video streaming from my ISP's server, so they're all just downloads. I think. If I got it right. Good luck.

We must be getting old.
There was a time we'd have been here well before dawn to catch the "best conditions", but not these days.
Still, they looks enthusiastic enough...

Of course, this was at the start. Barely out of the car. The snow was good, wasn't it?

OK, so this is a video. Click on the picture to view it, but before you do, consider it a game of "What happened Next?" With a bonus point for a good guess as to "Why?"

No idea? OK. The snow was soft. The ground wasn't frozen. More to the point the streams were not frozen. Unfortunately they were also hard to spot under the blanket of snow. Till you went through and ended up knee-deep in icy water. And those fancy plastic boots proved to be excellent as buckets.

Anyway, having found out the above, Adrian decided that plan B was required to get over a stream of indeterminate width but of definate wetness. "Spread your weight!" we suggested in anticipation of one of two possible outcomes - one adequately good, the other really bad. Good odds for the spectators, bad for the Youth. Ho hum, it proved to be the former.


In places the snow was decently deep. And progress slow. We could have stuck to the path, but John (Local Knowledge) suggested a more direct approach to Cwm Cneifion. OK, we'll go with "local knowledge". It's usually best. Usually. It is also frequently backed up with helpful advice for when thing don't work out as hoped (video with sound) ...

Actually, credit where credit is due. We were soon to be privledged to a demonstration of a local technique for dealing with deep drifts. And yes - the expedition cameraman realised that portrait format video doesn't really work too well...


So, in good spirits...

...and with a dry foot each, we rolled on up Cwm Idwal towards a promising looking Cwm Cneifion...

As an aside - does anyone know the "easy" way up to Cwm Cneifion? I've been up a few times in winter and it's always a struggle over rough, tedious ground.

Cwn Cneifion

With more altitude and a stronger wind, the snow was getting firmer and the ground was properly frozen. Promising. The left side of the cwm (Tower Slabs etc.) was looking a bit plastered with snow, so we opted for the area to the right of Clogwyn Du. It's been a while since Adrian had his axes out, so after some trial and error, he figured out which end is which...

And so, all too soon, to the top...


... For a glorious combination of hoar, sun and wind on the Glyders plateau.

And what happened here? Did they fall or were they pushed. No - just Local Knowledge and the Youth calling "time for lunch!"

We toyed with the idea of coming down and then going back up via the Idwal Stream which seemed good and fat - or is that "phat" - in the upper section, but wise council (probably) prevailed and we left it for another day.