Seven attended for what turned out to be a nice hut in a good location with favourable weather for early October. A late Thursday night arrival for Adrian S, Manoj and Dave followed by a few drams of malt whisky and dodgy ‘banana rum’ made for a late start on Friday morning, after Michael joined before breakfast. We were lucky to get the last parking slot at Pen y Pass and completed the Snowdon Horseshoe via Crib Goch. A large group of trainee marines, put off-balance by enormous rucksacks, caused a traffic jam on the knife edge ridge, giving us ample time to admire the views/precipitous drops. Adrian W, Rebecca and Anne arrived on Friday night and three expeditions were undertaken on Saturday in breezy conditions: the 3000’s in the North Carneddau; Moel Siabod; and Y Ro Wen from Dolwyddelan. Sunday’s walk for most was straight out of the Hut to Craig Wen, a fine rocky hill away from the crowds, whilst Manoj saw the wisdom of walking the ‘AW’ way – a low level walk to a café near Capel Curig. (For clarification ‘AW’ isn’t Wainwright.)
As a historical aside the famous mountaineer Al Rouse who died on K2 in 1985 used to a member of the Gwydyr Club and there is a nice picture of him in the lounge with an original order of service for his Memorial Service. Overall a good weekend in a hut that should be on our A list for North Wales.