Ascent was from the cottage Tan-y-Graig shown on the OS map. A zig zag stalkers path took me up to the col and a final ascent up the south ridge. The extensive summit cone is the rockiest jumble of awkward slippery granite boulders I have experienced anywhere including all the Munros. Great care was needed and it took me the best part of an hour to negotiate there and back to the summit from the grassy col. This is a serious little mountain.
The day had started with persistent rain and I had settled down to read The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane. The current chapter covered walking with a Palestinian friend in The West Bank - very descriptive, and dangerous, and not a pleasant sounding environment. The book is a good read taking accounts of walking to a refreshingly different level.
At 10:00 am the rain stopped and the sun shone, and except for cloud on the summit I had a great day. It was just a joy to be back in the hills.
1. My summit ( with snow) can just be seen peeping over the left hand ridge halfway down.
2. My summit is highest one at left. In the way up.
3. A vintage iron gate which took my fancy.
4. The summit.
5. The rocky jumble leading to the summit.
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