Start: Near Tal y Bont
Highest Point: Summit of Carnedd Llewellyn 1064m
Distance: circa 20km
Weather: Mild, with some low cloud higher up
Vertical altitude gain: circa 1250m
Time: 9 hrs 20 mins
In what, very briefly, became the worst weather of the day we reached the summit of Carnedd Llewellyn, (1064m). A very short debate about whether to continue was answered quickly as we stuck to our plan. Being rewarded as the low cloud went almost as quickly as it arrived. Giving us a clear view of the route ahead.
We crossed a very broad ridge, with the almost vertical cliffs of Craig y Ysfa to our NE. Ahead was the named summit of Penywaun-wen. Not on any list due to lack of prominence. But if I have to ascend any rocks to reach a top that has a name, it counts! Our third summit of the day.
In front was the hardest section, the scramble up the very steep front of Pen yr Helgi Du. Yes, it is steep, much more than it looks in this photo! Despite what at least one guide book says, I felt there was significant exposure both sides. I chose a route up the right hand side, probably increasing the scrambling needed.
Over the top, and onto the summit of Pen yr Helgi Du, (833m). Our fourth summit of the day! The very steep drop down to the ridge path, (left), can be seen here, as can (just), two people way below about to follow us. Also in shot is the very steep rock face (near top left of photo), that we had earlier scrambled down.