Friday, 14 February 2014

Garn Boduan 279m, SH 312 933, Carn Fadryn 371m, SH 279 352, Carneddol 235m, SH 301 331

Thursday 13th February

Three Ms today which means I have completed all eight in this region except for the one on Bardsey Island, and I can see no prospect of getting there on this visit.

The day has been bright and sunny but cold, and winds on summits are still massive. On the third M the single track road was comprehensively blocked by three huge fallen pines making a barrier eight feet high and spreading twenty feet down the road. A couple of guys were busy with chain saws, but I reckon it could take them a few days. I adopted plan B by parking and striking up to Carneddol from that point. I did have to surmount a drystone wall protected on both sides by barbed wire fences, and was well pleased at not ripping any expensive clothing or breaking any bones.

Carn Fadryn had a geocache on the summit, but it was another pile of boulders with the cache hidden "in a crevice in a mini cave thirty metres from the summit."There were many mini caves and at thirty metres from the summit gps said the cache was still twenty metres away, and the wind was blowing me so much I couldn't concentrate on searching so it will be logged as a dnf (did not find).

There were other fallen trees seen on my travels and the sound of chainsaws was ubiquitous.

Had weather been amenable I would probably go home tomorrow, but the next window is Sunday so I will continue to chill out here until then, especially considering I am towing the caravan.




Garn Boduan




From summit of Garn Boduan looking south





From summit of Carn Fadryn




The tree blockage on the way to Carneddol





The undistinguished summit of Carneddol


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7 comments:

The Crow said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Conrad.

From your photos I can see the views from summits can be breathtaking. Hope the worst of the bad weather has passed.

Sir Hugh said...

Hi Martha. All goes well . I am catching up on reading at the moment, and may do a post soon. The wind is blowing again but not as fierce as the other night. The signal is poor making internet browsing unacceptably slow.

TO ALL - I forgot to mention in the last post that the electric was back on yesterday when I returned to the caravan in the late afternoon.

Roderick Robinson said...

Suppose it had been a choice: breaking bones vs. ripping clothes.

What we on the outside call a "no brainer".

Gayle said...

We made it up Cairn Gorm today in a brief weather window (the highest windspeed I measured on the summit was 2mph! Within the hour we were in spindrift and getting blown about a bit). That's our first summit of the year, and having seen the forecast for the next few days, we've abandoned the hills* and are now in Edinburgh (the drive in being 'interesting' with high winds and roads struggling to cope with the quantity of rain/sleet falling).

(*I do plan for us to go up Arthur's Seat whilst we're here, if that counts!)

Gayle said...

Gosh, I do talk rubbish, don't I?! Or, I have a very short memory.

Cairn Gorm clearly wasn't our first summit of the year. I'd forgotten Dow Crag at the start of this trip.

prudol said...

Sounds as though you have had an exhilarating few days. I've been off electricity because of the storm - so catching up now. Glad your caravan and you are safe.
Despite being house fast in the dark, life has been exciting here with an armed robbery at my neighbour's house and a drowning in a longridge quarry pool! Somethings we could do without.
The wind is getting up again this evening so think you are wise to postpone your journey. There have been all sorts of problems on the roads, M6 closed etc.

Sir Hugh said...

RR - that's like being back with Terry when we were addressing such questions based on a book titled Ethics. In reality I reckon it would just be a case of que sera sera

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Gayle - already replied by email, but must say again here: Arthur's Seat IS A MARILYN.

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Prudol - hi John. Was that the Hamer's house? Must get the full story when I return.

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