HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

3rd October 2009: Cnicht from Croesor    Web page by Bryan Benn

Start: Croesor

Highest Point: Summit of Cnicht, 689m

Distance: circa 8 km

Weather: Very high winds, showers

Vertical altitude gain: circa 600m

Time: 4 hrs

Cnicht

I'd been up Cnicht on a very bad weather day in August, and found it a superb half day walk. With a forecast that showed weather improving, but with very high winds, I decided to do the walk again to see what the whole route up from Croesor looked like.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

Well, at least it was clear visibility as I left the tiny hamlet of Croesor. A hamlet that was to prove an ideal starting place for my Moelwyn walking of this trip.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

As I headed up to the SW ridge the summit was still under a low cloud based. Forecast to clear soon!

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

A view back down to the coast near to Porthmadog.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

I climbed the ridge against a background of people turning back because of the very high winds. I decided to get close to the final steep section before making a decision on continuing.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

Yes, the wind was troublesome as I struggled over the shoulder where it was gusting way over the forecast 60 mph, because the shoulder had become a wind acceleration zone. I got over that OK and onto the short scramble.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

Once onto the scramble and the subsequent very steep section it was still windy, but not enough to turn me back. For once my weight worked to my advantage!

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

The cloud base was still obscuring the summit, so I made a very brief visit there. But at least I had some views as I descended in still very high winds with the occasional very harsh shower. Real face stingers!

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

Mainly clear visibility allowed me to see the descent Judy Armstrong and I had come down in thick cloud a few weeks before. There were sections steep enought to start triggering my vertigo, so I was quite pleased to get back over the shoulder and the final short scramble down to it.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

The low cloud base wasn't just a problem on Cnicht today.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

Another view from near the final steep section of the mountain.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

A clear look down the SW ridge of Cnicht: lovely hill walking country.

Cnicht from Croesor Cnicht

I'd enjoyed the shorish walk. Clearer weather would have allowed me to extend my walk over beyond Cnicht, but I was happy enough looking back at Cnicht, the "Welsh Matterhorn" as I paused on my drive back to Beddgelert.