Having arrived back in the UK, I headed to Wales for the weekend with my boyfriend Dave. A harsh change to the balmy summer climate of Oz and New Zealand.
We arrived to a ridiculous quantity of snow. Dave had arranged for us to stay in a mountaineering hut somewhere up a farm track. On arrival at said quite steep, uphill, definitely buried track, we began to attempt to dig and drive our way up. We eventually got to a gate over which snow had drifted so it was possible to just walk over the top. We realised we really weren’t getting the car any further and loaded up all our bags onto our backs for the treck to hut. Turns out a mile up a track through waist deep snow is quite a long way and very hard going. Luckily we all had our kayaking kit on so we were relatively dry inside, if not exactly in the best of spirits. On reaching the hut we lit the fire and went to sleep.
We woke up in the morning to there having been even MORE snow over night, and we were pretty well snowed in!
After donning our kayaking gear to wade back through the snow which was even harder going than the night before we eventually made it back to the car. We attempted to dig it out and then reverse it back down the road, but this resulted in us skidding all over and being at risk of taking out the farmer’s walls at either side of the track. Luckily 2 guys turned up in a large land rover, and winched us out!
We set off to go kayaking and headed to the Aberglaslyn gorge, where we got on for a chilly paddle. I was quite nervous, and knew that the breaker was coming up. The guys however were just ready to go and off they went. Having caught the eddy above the drop I asked Vince if I could follow him, he replied ‘yeah sure, but I don’t actually know the line’ as he peeled out of the eddy, so left with the choice of run it completely on my own, vs follow him and hope for the best, I too peeled out of the eddy. Unfortunately, a guy in front of me had got caught in the hole, and I slowed down as I was unsure what to do faced with this! My lack of speed and lack of good line choice resulted in me replacing him in the stopper, and eventually having a rather freezing swim.
I got back on after this though and finished the short section in relatively high spirits, although somewhat chilly.
After this we went to do swallow falls but having been a little bit chilly I decided to just take pictures and warm up a little!