Tryfan, located in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. ‘I’ve always wanted to get to see Adam and Eve’, No not the first people who were meant to walk the earth but the two great big boulders sat on the very top of the Mount Tryfan. You can see them standing out when driving through the Ogwen Valley on a clear day, and it’s a frequent conversation that me and Snape would have every time we passed! So finally we got a day together and decided to hike up to the top.
Wales never fails as the saying goes, and you can see from the photos below why this is so true. Some even get Wales and New Zealand mixed up as they both boast such amazing scenery and views… Just look at it!
Admittedly I take Wales for granted and often rave about all the amazing views and scenery I have seen abroad, we often forget how beautiful the UK can be. I can honestly say I was in awe of the view when I first climbed the very first steps up from the car park, the view from the very top literally topped it off. Trfyan has three lakes which can be seen from the top, Llyn Ogwen, Llyn Idwal and Llyn Bochlwyd.
So if your thinking of climbing Tryfan any time soon here are somethings you might like to consider:
What to wear:
- Comfortable walking shoes. I have my new regatta’s which I am in love with, these did the job brilliantly – comfortable, waterproof and sturdy.
- Waterproof coat – You never know what the weather in wales is going to do so be sure to pack a good waterproof coat which will keep you warm and dry.
- fleece/jacket – I love a fleece, so warm and cosy plus extremely lightweight. I wore my fleece and a light jacket under my waterproof coat. On the climb up I was removing layers but once at the top and walking back down I found myself adding the layers on!
- Leggings or walking trousers. I don’t think anyone would try to walk a mountain in jeans but you never know! I mean me and my friends tried to walk Snowdon in shorts once so there must be people out there like us! I wore my Nike leggings which did the job great, comfortable and easy to move in.
Remember the temperature on mountains can fluctuate, one minute you’re boiling as your working them legs climbing and as soon as you stop for a rest your temperature drops again so think sensible.
When to go:
I would say the best time would be during the summer time, lighter evenings and a warmer temperature (Plus sunset would be A-Maz-ing). However, we walked up in September time so it was a little more chilly but we did have a really nice day for it so the views were amazing still. Only down point was it got extremely windy and the cloud was pretty low on the mountain. Personally I would NEVER hike any mountain in the rain but obviously there are some dare devils out there who would.
Where to park:
There are many places you can park your car, including the Cwm Idwal Centre where you can get information about the mountain and see the routes up. There are also some pay and display car parks dotted along the A5 opposite Llyn Ogwen, these normally have tracks next to them which will lead you up to start the walk.
It took us a good 2 hours to hike to the top of Tryfan, this was taking our time and having a few stops along the way. Pack plenty of water for your journey, take some lunch/snacks for along the way, the very top of the mountain was cold so pack some gloves! Oh and don’t forget the camera – the views are too good to not snap along the way! Allow yourself plenty of time for the scramble up to Tryfan and also your time back down. You will be climbing rocks up and down therefore do not rush.
WE MADE IT!
Can you see Adam and Eve located behind us? We finally got to see them up close!
Have you hiked any Welsh mountains?
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Thanks guys! Happy adventuring.