TRYFAN 919m (3010ft)
NO DIRECT PATH TO THE SUMMIT, VARIOUS GRADE 1 SCRAMBLE PLUS STEEP DROPS AND GULLYS
TRAIL MAGAZINE NUMBER 1 MOUNTAIN 2020
PARKING-Ogwen Cottage, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, LL57 3LZ OR
Free roadside parking on the A5 just past the car park below TRYFAN
MILES-4 MILES approx
FACILITIES- Main car park has toilets and food
We parked in a layby on the A5 at the starting point.
There was a stile we crossed and headed towards the waterfall, this area is very boggy and pathless in sections, but you can see the steep climb up on the right side of the waterfall that we headed for.
The climb up here is steep, rocky but easy to follow, care is needed though.
From the top of the waterfall it levels out to Llyn Bochlwyd which is know as the Austrailian lake, we originally planned to walk to here, but we could see a clear path on the left of the lake which headed up to Bwlch Tryfan a central point between the fells.
We had a snack break here before we decided to take it slow, if at any point the weather turned or we were unsure , then we would come back.
To be honest up to Bwlch Tryfan the path was straight forward and easy going, but from here it was a array of rock formations and steep climbs.
We did however have nice weather and managed to spend an hour searching for the easiest route up.
At this point we kept a helmet on Ariya for safety reasons.
It was all scrambling and hand/foot climbing from here but we managed to get to the top just as the wind picked up, so a quick photo before we dropped carefully straight back down to the Bwlch for a break.
From sitting here and looking we were lucky we had good weather as in poor visibility you can see how dangerous the mountain is, we would not of attempted this is the kids had not had some rock climbing training, as this gave them the skills they needed top make it up safetly.
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