HILL, DALES AND MOUNTAIN HIKING

3 January 2010: Moelwyn North Ridge Top from Croesor

Start/Finish: Croesor

Highest point: Moelwyn Mawr Nth Ridge Top 646m

Distance: circa 8kms

Weather: Cold and sunny

Vertical altitude gain: circa 520m

Time: 5hrs 25mins

Photo of track up to the disused Croesor Quarry
Superb weather drew me back to Croesor to enjoy it. With a walk up to the old quarry and then
a snowy an icy climb up to Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top.

Photo of Moelwyns from track up to Croesor Quarry
In front a glimpse of the Moelwyns. A full view of which I was going to have to wait for until I was near my summit.

Photo of Moel Hebog from track up to Croesor Quarry
But whilst walking to that view I was to see Moel Hebog better than I have seen that mountain look before.

Photo of Moel Hebog and neighbouring peaks from track up to Croesor Quarry
Not only Moel Hebog, but the adjacent Peaks as well.

Photo of Moel hbeog and neighbouring peaks from track up to Croesor Quarry
The view of Moel Hebog changed as I continued up the track to the disused Croesor Quarry.

Photo of Photo of Moel hbeog and neighbouring peaks including Cnicht from track up to Croesor Quarry
The nearby Cnicht starts to get into the photo!

Photo of style in deep snow next at Croesor Quarry
Very heavy snow had fallen recently, and showed here by the style at Croesor Quarry.

Photo of start of climb up to Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
The track had been easy walking. The climb up to Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top was not.
Ice axe and crampons were needed before long.

Photo of Moel Hebog in distance behind Croesor Quarry
The view behind me as I tackled the deep snow and ice on the climb.

Photo of Snowdon Horseshoe from climb up to Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Nearing the small summit the Snowdon Horseshoe came into view.

Photo of Ffestiniog Hills to East of Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
To the East, the Ffestiniog Hills were well covered by the recent snows.

Photo of Moelwyns from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
A look North into the rest of the Moelwyns.

Photo of Moel Hebog and Nantlle Ridge from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge were behind me now.

Photo of Nantlle Ridge from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Close up of the Nantlle Ridge.

Photo of Moel-yr-hydd from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
East was Moel-yr-hydd, another Moelwyn mountain.

Photo of Ffestiniog Hills from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Ffestiniog Hills.

Photo of Moel-yr-hydd from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Moel-yr-hydd

Photo of  Snowdon Horseshoe from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Snowdon Horseshoe

Photo of Moelwyns from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
The snow covered Moelwyns looked superb on this truly wonderful winters day.

Photo of gate at bottom of climb up to Moelwyn Mawr
Just a few footprint trails in the snow at the bottom of the last section of the climb up top Moelwyn Mawr.
Showing how little walked the Moelwyns are, even in outstanding winter weather.

Photo of Moelwyns from Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top

Photo of Moel Hebog, Nantlle Ridge and Cnicht from summit of Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
Onto the summit of Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top, and the view to the West.

Photo to the East of the summit of  Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top
And the view to the East

Photo of Moel Hebog from track past disused Croesor Quarry
I had to force myself to leave that magnificent summit viewing area and head back down past the old quarry.

Photo of Snowdon Horseshoe from valley near to Croesor
Even in the valley, I was given another superb vista: the Snowdon Horseshoe bathed in late winter afternoon sunshine.

Photo of dusk over Moel Hebog from near Llyn Gwynant
I drove back through Beddgelert to above Llyn Gwynant to see the last part of sunset.

Photo of sunset afterglow behind Moel Hebog from near Llyn Gwynant
And was rewarded with a magnifcent after glow behind Moel Hebog. A mountain that had
been in view throughout the best days winter mountain walking I have yet enjoyed.