Day #375 – Summit Up Snowdon

Trad: 17 Earth: 1 Virtual: 1 Event: 2 Webcam: 1
Walked: 6.2 miles

Today was time for a road trip to Llanberis to go up Snowdon. I wanted to get there quickly, so only stopped off for a couple of hides along the way. LQ liked the view at this cache in the Llanberis Pass.

LQ In Llanberis Pass
LQ In Llanberis Pass

The next thing was to sign the ducks into the event at the car park in Llanberis – Summit Up Snowdon. They were happy to meet the folks there. Shifty decided he didn’t want to come all the way to the top (I think he’s secretly afraid of heights) but sent Little Quacker with me to report back how it was.

Shifty & Little Quacker At The Event
Shifty & Little Quacker At The Event

But first – we wanted to log the webcam at Llanberis – Mole says “Stick ’em up” 2 – Shifty was happy enough to be in that, he had his wings up too!

Stick 'Em Up!
Stick ‘Em Up!

We enjoyed the trip up to the top on the diesel train. I had booked ages ago as I knew it would be busy. You only get 30-40 minutes at the top, and have to go back on the same train you came up on – but there were 3 caches to log! Would I be able to grab them  all? One was a trad, one a virtual and one an Earthcache.

My original plan was to try for all three and if I didn’t have enough time, I would perhaps walk down from the summit. But we got half way up and entered the cloudbase. It turned very cold and extremely windy. The view from the summit was about 3 feet! But still, there was a big group of folks gathering the info for the virtual and Earthcache.

Foggy At The Top
Foggy At The Top

Little Quacker helped me out with gathering the information too. Thankfully we didn’t have to search hard for the trad – I saw it i the hands of other cachers!

Little Quacker Checks The Trig Point
Little Quacker Checks The Trig Point

Thankfully, I managed to get all three in the time, and took the train back down in comfort! But seeing little trains wasn’t over yet – I looked for the SideTracked – Llanberis hide which is sited along the lovely Llanberis Lake Railway.

Little Red Engine!
Little Red Engine!

Dolbarn Castle was the venue for another great little cache, the view was lovely. The cache had quite high terrain rating, but it didn’t pose too many problems.

Hide & Keep - Dolbarn Castle
Hide & Keep – Dolbarn Castle

Little Quacker found the cache easily! Well done LQ.

LQ Wins Hide & Seek!
LQ Wins Hide & Seek!

On the way back to the Carrog Campsite (for another event in the evening), I went from cache to cache along the A5, stopping for quick finds and no DNFs, ticking off another few counties today.

Lovely Little Church
Lovely Little Church

The evening festivities carried on well into the night at the Sombreros After Sunset event – Shifty disgraced himself by drinking too much Tequila and somehow came away with a rather bushy Mexican moustache! He’s been wearing it proudly ever since.

Shifty Acquires A Mexican 'Tache!
Shifty Acquires A Mexican ‘Tache!

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