by Kris Roach
Lyn y Fan fawr
It all started with snow capped mountains and a part frozen lake in early Febuary 2018 at Lyn y Fan fawr with my friend Mathew. I can’t even put into words how amazing and surreal it was to paddle in snowy conditions!
This was a closely followed by a hike to Cwm Llwch, which lies just beneath Penyfan, the highest mountain in south wales and right on my doorstep.
The next trip was to North Wales, ultimately to submit the highest mountain in Wales but first, for a quick pit stop at Lyn Cau, which sits just below Cadair Idris. This lake was one of the easiest to hike to. It’s a steep accent but relatively short with a well-established path. You feel like your paddling in a giant bowl, which is essentially what it is, carved by a glacier moving back and forth thousands of years ago. It almost feels staged as it feel a little too perfect, surrounded by steep dramatic sides and floating on crystal clear water, view into the water is as stunning as the mountain view itself.
Llyn Glaslyn & Snowdon
Now, I was ready to tackle Snowdon, this is the highest mountain in Wales at 1085m. The Hike began in thick fog and drizzly rain, I decided to take a circular route so walked the Pyg track up and the miners track back down so as to pass Llyn Glaslyn. Despite the initial fog and rain, upon reaching the summit my efforts were rewarded by a brief yet epic view above the clouds. The assent back down however was not so lucky, with the fog making a return visit, with my mind still set on paddling Llyn Glaslyn I was initially disappointed as the fog once again engulfed the mountain and the lake. However, what I would now say is, if you haven’t paddled in fog it’s a must! It is an unbelievable sensation. I cannot wait to get back to Snowdonia to hike the never ending playground of mountain lakes.