Sunday, 12 February 2017

11th February 2017. Cadair Berwyn SOTA Activation visit.

GW/NW-012 Cadair Berwyn. 11th February 2017.

Today's visit was going to be a big activation that I have wanted to do for a month or so now. Jamie and I set off from home at 08:15 a.m. and headed towards Oswestry on the A5, then A483 until Llynclys then turned right on to the A495, followed it then it turned into the B4396 then eventually into the B4580, eventually turning into Waterfall Street. We arrived at 10:15 a.m.
We parked at the car park marked with the Blue circle on the above map, we made our ascent up the route marked with the Green line at this took us around 2 hours 30 minutes, we made a few stops for water and photo's (plus a rest lol). There was a lite covering of snow at the car park but nothing to worry about, we arrived at the lake after about 1 and a half hours and as can be seen it most mostly frozen.
We headed east at the lake mainly to try and get out of the very strong winds and was also advised by a local walker that it was a lot easier and not so dangerous (bogs).
We carried on until we reached the fence and then started our climb again toward Moel Sych, The summit of this can be seen as the back drop in the left photo above. The snow was a lot deeper here with drifts of 12 inchs plus, as seen above Jamie took his Snowboard  and was going to try his luck.
We activated from the stone shelter some 800 meters on from here, as this was out of the strong winds and blowing snow gale. We made our ascent down the Red route via the waterfall in 2 hours 15 minutes.

As seen on this video the fence was not as big as we first thought.

Can we mostly say thank you to all the Sota Chasers that we spoke with, you make it all worth while.

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