15th Novemnber 2209
12 miles 6,200 feet
Ian, Will and I decided to do leg 4 of the Paddy Buckley in preparation for their joint effort in June 2010. We left the car in a lay by at pont caer gors and set off for Craig wen. The weather was decent for November and we made good progress to the next top Yr Aran where we tested two different routes down. I went the longer route out to a wall and dog legged around on very slippery rocks, whilst Will and Ian went the direct route off the top. It was a little amusing to see them struggling down the toughest bit of scrambling on a rocky ridged outcrop. They picked the worst line down possible. But as Will said when you haven’t been that way before it is hard to know, until its too late. Needless to say the long route was best.
On Snowdon the weather closed in at it rained for the next hour or so. We got the line off Canedd Ugain wrong and ended up in some crags that we had to re-ascend to contour back onto the route. Looking at the maps afterwards I realised that we crossed the track that we should have followed oops.
The weather faired up and we finished the run over the smaller hills ending on Moel Ellio and the nice run down to Llanberis. A feed in Petes Eats refuelled us for the Taxi back around to the car.
It was good to do the whole leg in daylight for the first time. All the other times have been either me doing the round (twice, once successful) or supporting a round, all of which are done at night.
We did the leg in 4 hours 15 mins, not bad considering the unscheduled detour.