31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

The ridge up to the first of Cnicht's sumits, (Cnicht North Top), was quite broad.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

From the top of the North Top summit, an intermediate and non named summit was in front of the real summit of this 689m Welsh mountain. Seen with walkers on top: the first I had seen so far on this walk.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

By now the very steep sides of the mountain were very clear as I headed over an exposed section to close in on the highest summit. Seemingly the very steep slope to the left, drops even steeper after quite a short distance.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

Heading up to the middle summit.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

The main and final summit coming up soon!

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

A few more rocks and then it was the third, and main summit of Cnicht!

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

A look to the West. Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge, amongst other mountains.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

A glance back at the route up to the main summit, on what was still a quite superb day for hill walking.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

I sat and had a light lunch on the main summit. In amongst more and more walkers who arrived from a South Westerly direction. Then I headed back the way I had come.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

It seemed the done thing to climb to the summit of Cnicht North Top when heading this way. So I too went up the few metres of the steep rocky climb to the secondary summit.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

Heading down I passed Llyn y Biswail again. With Snowdon and other large mountains in the West.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

My gentle descent continued and I walked close by the solid frozen Lyn yr Adar.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

I walked around the lake to find the correct route down to the valley, and was rewarded by a fine sight of the low December sun glinting across the ice.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

I had seem other walkers a long way in front so followed their route in order to find the track down to the gully I had walked up in the morning. And looked down at a very steep and very icy decent!

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

It was just a case of going down very slowly and very carefully. Watching out for the frequent patches of solid ice that had welded itself to the rocks!

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht Cnicht

Those following me were being just as careful as I had been. No wonder in those conditions.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht

Taking care on the frequent and sometimes large patches of ice I descended. Passing these small falls that, I am sure, had frozen more since I passed them on my ascent a few hours earlier.

31st December: Cnicht continued Cnicht via Ysgafell Wen

In still superb winter light I passed the bottom of the valley and looked backat the side of the area, above which I had enjoyed a superb day's hill walking.