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A CLIMBING TRIP IN WALES

Mike Sherwood

Mike is the son of Lucy and George Sherwood and the great-grandson of Mary Tinneny of Goladuff.  An avid climber, Mike shared these fantastic photos and commentary about his most recent climb in the Ogwen Valley of Wales.

Tryfan from the Glyder Fach/ Foel Goch Ridge, looking down Cwym Tryfan.

Y Garn from Glyder Fawr East Ridge, looking over Idwal.

Sunset over Llyn Ogwen, Y Garn in the background.

Glyder Fach and Tryfan East Face.

Photos Courtesy of Mike Sherwood

Hi Tinneny World :-)   These are a few pics taken last week around the Ogwen Valley in North Wales, a beautiful area of Snowdonia I've been visiting for almost twenty years. There's a campsite at the foot of Tryfan, the craggy shark's tooth of a mountain shown in two of the pics - which makes a perfect base for climbing, walking, and spending lazy days doing nothing much but marvelling at the hills or chilling-out with friends (oh, and then there's sheltering from the more typical 'orrible weather:-)). The hills around the valley are a tight-knit group, all around the 3000 foot mark - and it's amazing as you approach the valley how these complex and dramatic peaks just seem to rear-up out of nowhere. The pictures were taken on a particularly hot summer day, which did some wild things with the cloud between Tryfan and Glyder Fach as you can see. Walking (or should I say staggering - phew, it was hot!) up to the summit of Glyder Fawr was probably only the third time I've stood over a 'sea of cloud' on Welsh hills in all the years I've been wandering them, and I feel really lucky to have been able to capture some of it on camera - I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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