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Ascent of Snowdon (1,085 m) 29. December 2000

Snowdon seen across Llyn Llydaw

A winter walk with Steve C, Neil and Martin. This was the only day in the Christmas break when we were all free, so we grabbed the opportunity for a bit of the white stuff. After an unusually mild December, it had snowed heavily a couple of days beforehand, and sharp overnight frosts had kept things in excellent winter "nick". We arrived at the Pen-y-pass car park later than planned and decided on the easy option of the Miners' Track to give us the best chance of the summit.

Martin, Steve C & Neil setting off up the Miners' Track

The lads by Llyn Llydaw

The track rises towards Glaslyn

Watery sunshine

It was cold!

Neil and another on the steep section

Another shot of Lliwedd

We bumped into three climbers from the North West Face, who were descending the track having just made a daring ascent of Parsley Fern Gully on the north face of Crib y Ddysgl. John, Adrian and Marek pose in front of Snowdon's vast east face. Sadly, I forgot that I was carrying a piece of Mrs P's famous cake, so we missed out on the usual Youarsey ceremony

Martin by the standing stone at Bwlch Glas

Steve P, ditto

Neil and Steve C reaching the col through deep snow...

...and by the stone

The ice-plastered summit rocks and cairn

A quick adjustment of gear before descending into the gloom

Snowdon's East Face with climbers in Trinity Gully, perhaps rather late in the day

Steve C, Martin & Neil

Steve P, Steve C and Martin

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