Something is definitely out of sync this week, 20°C plus at the end of September? Absolutely crackers, won't complain too much though, it is lovely out there! On the flip side we're still very much expecting a rather nippy, snowy Winter ahead, so make sure you get your insulated's on in preparation. We even had a bit of a Bergans trying on session last week, I was quite taken by the Kvitfjell Insulated Down Jacket, surprisingly lightweight and minimalist considering the amount of quality insulation it packs in.
Time to get down to the nitty gritty of finding something to do this weekend. This week we've got a route in Snowdonia as featured in November's edition of Trail. The route is 'Pen-y-Pass to Idwal Cottage' which follows the main Glyderau Ridge, taking in the Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach peaks. The terrain can be steep with rocky crest's and high sided corries.
Here's the step by step route as listed by Trail Magazine...
1. From the back of the youth Hostel gain the broad shoulder overlooking Llyn Cwmffynnon. Head north-west to the base of the broad south ridge of Glyder Fawt, then climb the ridge direct to the summit.
2. Head east-north-east along the main ridge, passing the impressive rocks of Castell Y Gwynt to reach the summit rocks of Glyder Fach.
3. Descend east, watching out for The Cantilever Stone, and aim for the broad col occupied by Llyn Caseg-Fraith.
4. From just above the col pick up the Miners Track and follow it north-west as it traverses below the crags of Glyder Fach to reach Bwlch Tryfan.
5. From the col, either make a short out and back ascent of Tryfan, or continue down the Miners Track to Idwal Cottage Youth Hostel at the western end of Llyn Ogwen.
Altogether the route is 9km in length and has a total ascent of 750m. The approach to Glyder Fawr is possibly the hardest part of the route, but you can get that out the way fairly quickly, allowing you to relax somewhat and enjoy the rest of the ridge.
Not into that? Try this...
I must admit there seems to be a reccuring theme for this part of the blog. It's always seems to involve food! It might be partly down to the fact that everyone in the office takes part in 'Munchies Monday' where we all take it in turns to cook something delicious (or not) and then bring it in to be devoured at the beginning of the week, so we just have food on the membrane. Or it might be just that we all love our food in the U.K. so much that there's always at least one farmers market somewhere over a weekend!
This week we thought Notting Hill Farmers Market was well worth a glance. The markets been up and running since September 1999 and it's regarded as one of the areas best kept secrets with all sorts of produce available. You can get fresh eggs, freshly cut flowers, the best quality meats around plus an eclectic assortment of fruit, veg and cheeses. The next meet is this Saturday, 9am-1pm, 1st October. The market itself is just tucked away behind Notting Hill Tube Station.
Product Of The Week
For absolute durability and 'out of the box comfort', ideal for getting yourself around Glyderau Ridge, The Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX Mid Boots.