Tryfan – A Winter Climb In The Snowdonia Mountains
Tryfan, at 917.5 metres/3010 ft is part of the Glyderau group and has a very distinctive peak. It is the only mountain in Britain apart from the Cuillin’s in Skye that requires the use of hands to make the ascent.
We walked the final section of the Offas Dyke long distance footpath in Wales in May 2008 and had varying standards of accommodation, which unfortunately is usual in the UK. On the penultimate night we stayed at Tan-Yr-Onnen, a 5 star guest house near St. Asaph. Being highly impressed with the facilities and the owners attention to detail, we decided to treat our wives to a weekend there later in the year.
It was November 2008 when we eventually made the trip to Tan-Yr-Onnen. On the Saturday we made the decision to drive to Snowdonia and climb Tryfan in the Ogwen Vally. Tryfan is a mountain I have always wanted to climb but the opportunity had never presented itself previously. Although the weather was cold and the higher parts were snow covered it was a very enjoyable climb with terrific views of the surrounding peaks, when the clouds permitted.
We parked in the car park just off the A65 road by the lake of Llyn Ogwen. We decided on the north ridge of Tryfan as our preferred route of ascent. Initially it was reasonably easy walking. After the first section some scrambling was needed on this route to the summit. Finally the summit was reached and the traditional rock jump from ‘Adam’ to ‘Eve’ was wisely not attempted due to the icy conditions.
Although the total distance was only just over 3 miles it was a hard 3 miles. We descended by the south side of Tryfan passing near the lake of Llyn Bochlwyd. It is sometimes called Lake Australia due to it’s shape resembling the country of Australia. We then headed north back to the car park for the long drive back to our accommodation.