Crimpiau – part 2

Llyn Crafnant Sunrise

I think I’m getting better at wild camping as I slept well again (by bivvy-bag standards, at least). A very calm and warm night helped. I got up to a promising sky with a rainbow of colour on the horizon. The air was much clearer after the haze of the evening with a nice bit of mist trapped in the valley above Capel Curig below. There was also a tiny half moon, which looks even tinier in my wide-angle photographs. Continue reading

Crimpiau – part 1

Tryfan and the Glyders

Crimpiau is a minor top in Snowdonia, an eastern outlier of the Carneddau. It’s only about 450m high but has one of the best views in North Wales that takes in the three highest ranges – Snowdon, the Glyders and the Carnedds. It’s quiet (I didn’t see anyone else the whole time I was there) and has lovely shapes and textures in the foreground. Continue reading

The Heights – part 1

Snowdon from Yr Arddu, Llynnau Cerrig y myltt in the foreground
Snowdon from Yr Arddu, Llynnau Cerrig y myltt in the foreground

Another overnight trip while this fantastic weather lasts. Although I scouted out a different area I ended up not far from my last trip. This time I went to a many-topped hill, more a group of rocky tops, called The Heights, Yr Arddu in welsh on the OS map. A little above Beddgelert, in Snowdonia. Continue reading

Cnicht overnight – part 2

Cnicht at sunrise, Moel Siabod in the distance
Cnicht at sunrise, Moel Siabod in the distance

After a night spent mostly wide awake in my plastic bag on top of a hill the alarm went off at 4:45 and I was surprised to find I was asleep. I poked my head out to find everything covered in dew on the outside and condensation on the inside and a beautiful line of bright colour on the eastern horizon suggesting I should get a move on to be ready for the sun. Continue reading

Cnicht overnight – part 1

Sunset from Cnicht
Sunset from Cnicht

A fine weather forecast encouraged me to try my first wild camping trip of the year. The plan was go to Snowdonia and set up near the summit of Cnicht. This is a modestly-sized but extremely attractive hill just east of Beddgelert. Some people call it “the Matterhorn of Wales”. It doesn’t look like the Matterhorn, it’s just very pointy. It stands by itself, which gives it fantastic views all around.

My bed for the night on Cnicht summit
My bed for the night on Cnicht summit

Usually I report this trips in two parts, first part for the sunset and second for the sunrise. This time, thanks to interesting weather and the best coffee I’ve had for a while, I’ve got a third part to report. But first the first part. The sky above was very clear but with a lot of haze lower down, which meant the mountains west of me were just black outlines. This isn’t ideal for sunset weather. No midges out, thankfully.