Lunchtime in the middle of Summer the summit cafe is usually stuffed to the doors and queuing is required to get up to the trig point: but this was different, only a few in the cafe and not many on the trig point. Perhaps it was because it was Fathers’ Day that it was so empty. It also had and effect on our numbers – just Graham and me. Our route was the Rhyd Ddu path up and the South Ridge down: in my opinion the best up and down on Snowdon.
We decide that as there was just the two of us we would have a ‘blast’ up and down. Graham led off at a stunning pace in reasonable weather but as we got higher the weather started closing in and by the time we were on the Bwlch Main ridge the blizzards had set in. We trudged on through the deepening snow till at last the haven of the cafe showed in the gloom. We had an early lunch then launched ourselves out into the gale blasted snowy desolation of the summit and inched down the South Ridge and out of the worst of the weather. I had left my camera in the van so unfortunately we have no record of our epic feats of daring-do, but Graham managed to get one or two shots from lower down when we were out of the snow. These pics are in the gallery.