An unofficial, almost spur-of-the-moment trip to the Lancashire Climbing and Caving Club hut near Blaenau Ffestiniog in mid-Snowdonia. The trip had three club members, plus nine other intern students, in the Cambridge area for the summer months from various European universities.
On Saturday, everyone except Philip walked together, doing a route from the hut up through Cwmorthin quarry, onto the Moelwyns, and then back down through the quarry. Those who hadn’t walked in Wales before were astonished to find the route went off-path. The weather was fantastic: soaring sun and superb visibility. Almost picnic weather!
Philip went off and did an antisocial walk around some disused mine workings by the Manods and Ro Wen.
In the evening, Maxime orchestrated bolognese for everyone, followed by apple crumble and far too much custard. The bunkhouse was a perfect size for 12 to heat the place up and have a good evening discussing everything from chapters of the bible through to the midges of Scotland.
The weather on Sunday was considerably less nice, with intermittent but thorough showers and poor visibility. Several people wisely decided to stay in the bunkhouse and wander around Blaenau instead of going for a walk. Everyone else decided that heading up to Rhosydd would be pleasant. It was wet. A phone got lost, then confirmed lost, then found. People slipped over on wet grass. Feet found bog. Lunch was had by a small tarn on the way back, in a brief break between showers.
Philip W (Trip Leader), Maxime C, James H, Alex D, Gal K, Magali P, Julian S, Marie G, Lane B, Aurelie, Nathan