Highest point: Summit of Moelwyn Mawr, 770m
Distance: circa 8 kms
Weather: Cold, very low visibility on mountain
Vertical altitude gain: 700m
Time: 5hrs 30 mins
18th February was cold and dull when I walked up the South West Ridge of the summit of Moelwyn Mawr, (mountain to the left). A couple of days later there was a little bit more snow on the mountain. And superb visibility when viewed from near Prenteg!
The route I took up the SW ridge of Moelwyn Mawr. Maybe not spot on lower down, before I got to the mountain itself.
The closer view of Moelwyn Mawr without my route marked on it.
Back to 18th February. Before the visibiltity really closed in higher up!
A quick look to the West as the grade got steeper.
The ridge ahead of me. Getting closer to the cloud base now.
Very steep now, and I had to zig zag my way up a snow field that I soon encountered. The "path" up was
covered in snow, and there were no footprints to follow. So I had to choose my own route. Good fun!
A look back at the way I had come.
Into very poor visibility as I got onto the narrower parts of the ridge at the top of the snow field
that I'd had to zig zag across to get up.
Visibility still not good.
But at least I could see the summit Trig Point, where there were some footprints heading into the gloom. I followed them down for a while, but they were not going via Croesor Quarry, my planned descent route. And in visibility as low as 10 to 15 feet I decided the only sensible option was to climb back up to the summit and go back down the way I had come up!
A bit steep to the left. But I'd been on crampons for a while now. And my 90cm ice axe was doing it's stuff nicely.
Down off the ridge, and just a gentle downhill stroll now back to the small car park in Croesor.