25 Jun 2015

Wales by abbieredmon

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Today gave us some shit weather, but for some unknown reason, we decided to climb up Crib Goch and over to Snowdon’s summit anyway.

We fueled up with a traditional fried breakfast at Pete’s Eats in Llanberis, a town I was happy to return to after visiting it for the first time in 2006. And hilariously, Pete’s was the only place we had eaten at back in 2006 — I recognized the brightly colored building right away.

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This trail started off innocuously enough — on big paving stones that had been inserted to help protect against erosion and the many footfalls the trail sees through the year.

We eventually got into scrambling territory and scaled a couple of gnarly (for me!) verticals. But the crux of this Crib Goch / Snowdown route for me was the ridge line between the two. It was exposed and steep and windy, and I found it pretty unsettling!

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Fortunately, this part wasn’t too long, and soon enough we were on a somewhat stable trail, traversing without much elevation gain or loss until we joined up with the trail that led the last several hundred yards up to Snowdon’s summit.

The fog made it seem very Lord of the Rings-ish, though, which was kind of cool. It also meant visibility was about 20 feet once we actually got to the summit, though, ha. I hear the views from Snowdon are great… I wouldn’t know ;)

We ran into a father-son duo who'd gotten a bit off track and faced a several-hour hike/scramble back to their starting place, so we offered them a ride. We descended together and had a long chat about all the different mountains we'd been on. Also took the opportunity to get a photo of Marcus and I together!

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We ended the day by having dinner at… you guess it — Pete’s Eats. Why mess with a good thing, right?

Awesomely, after a few lines of conversation with the older guy sitting at the table next to us, he introduced himself as Pete, the owner. The odds! We quizzed him about the climbing scene in Llanberis back in the day, and he told us some stories of his own travels. We left the restaurant 45 minutes after it had closed, with two complimentary Pete’s Eats coffee mugs in hand.

What a guy.