Highest point: Moelwyn Mawr Nth Ridge Top 646m
Distance: circa 8kms
Weather: Cold and sunny
Vertical altitude gain: circa 520m
Time: 5hrs 25mins
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.
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.
But whilst walking to that view I was to see Moel Hebog better than I have seen that mountain look before.
Not only Moel Hebog, but the adjacent Peaks as well.
The view of Moel Hebog changed as I continued up the track to the disused Croesor Quarry.
The nearby Cnicht starts to get into the photo!
Very heavy snow had fallen recently, and showed here by the style at Croesor Quarry.
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.
The view behind me as I tackled the deep snow and ice on the climb.
Nearing the small summit the Snowdon Horseshoe came into view.
To the East, the Ffestiniog Hills were well covered by the recent snows.
A look North into the rest of the Moelwyns.
Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge were behind me now.
Close up of the Nantlle Ridge.
East was Moel-yr-hydd, another Moelwyn mountain.
The snow covered Moelwyns looked superb on this truly wonderful winters day.
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.
Onto the summit of Moelwyn Mawr North Ridge Top, and the view to the West.
And the view to the East
I had to force myself to leave that magnificent summit viewing area and head back down past the old quarry.
Even in the valley, I was given another superb vista: the Snowdon Horseshoe bathed in late winter afternoon sunshine.
I drove back through Beddgelert to above Llyn Gwynant to see the last part of sunset.
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.