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Two nights in a tent at Garth Farm, Capel Currig. (Sheet 115 SH702570). Have now checked into Bryn Dinas Bunk House for the next couple of nights. (sheet 115 SH 622502).

Bryn Dinas is situated in the village of Nant Gwynant, on the A498, located on the south side near the foot of Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park to the east of Beddgelert.

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Thursday

Haven’t been able to post for a couple of days, because of the lack of mobile phone signal.

On thursday, climbed Snowdon itself. 1085metres. (sheet115 SH612543)

Lousy weather, much cloud and wet. so i think it was Snowdon, but i couldnt see. oh, I fell and nearly didn’t get to post this.

The weather looked cloudy, when I set off. Half way up the mountain, cloud completely enveloped and the rain in the wind, was horizontal. I pressed on. The Watkin Path is obvious from the start, but runs out after a bit.

The last slopes of the mountain, is quite steep to the summit. Had a good map, and compass to get the general direction together, to go back. Is is quite possible to go down and end up in completely different valley, miles from where-ever.

Another fear, is that when climbing up, you can gauge your abbility. On the way down, you can end up with cliffs below, and have to keep climbing back up again …..

I had done this for a few goes, when some slate scree, gave way under my boots, and i slide 20 or so feet towards the edge. Wet rocks, and nothing to grip, I want over the edge. Had the scamble that you might expect me to do, when the momentum of the camera in my rucksack, pulled me over the edge.

I quite remember my thoughts now.

“Oh crumbs, this is it!!” perhaps this lot lasted about three seconds i guess, and i fell. about 5 feet.

For fucks sake, this was soooo close, for a a few feet further, ’tis a 300 foot shear face drop.

Several hours of wet and soggy slog down the rest of the slopes and back to the bunk house for a little lie down …… Today was an adventure, matched by a little adrenaline.

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Bryn Dinas Bunk House

Nant Gwynant,

Beddgelert,

Caernarfon,

Gwynedd

LL55 4NH

Phone/Fax : 01766 890234

e-mail : vince@bryndinasbunkhouse.co. uk

Vince & Annette Webb

Friday.

Left Beddgelert for some walking, climbing, photoing, north of Betwys-Y-coed.

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Weather remained a bit grim.

Now at B and B, between Ruthin and Mold, The Clwyd Gate.

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On to Manchester tommorow, for The Gay Pride Parade.

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