Finally got back from my solo 4 plus 1 day walk around Snowdonia. I have to say I was very lucky to be blessed by such good weather – most of the journey’s weather was a scorcher!
Over the next few weeks I will post up each day in detail, with the usual mini-photo narrative showing where I have been.
The walk totalled 71.4 km with 3762 metres ascent and 3456 metres descent – by far the most hilly route I have walked so far. I was initially carrying a 20 Kg load, though on weighing the pack when I got back, it was down to 12 Kg without water. I guess most of the weight was food!
In terms of my personal weight, despite eating a lot on the walk, I ended up losing 2.2 Kg of weight! I will have to ensure that I make up for this now that I’m back 😉
For me, this was one of the most gruelling walks I have had to do. It wasn’t so much the length – which is quite similar to last year’s Summer walk on Dartmoor – it was more the elevation changes.
Not only were the elevation changes in the 1000 metre range, but many of them involved grade 1 scrambles to ascend or descend. In plain english terms this means that they required proper climbing techniques with the use of all four limbs!
Scrambling with a pack weighing in the 20kg ball park was quite difficult, especially when climbing downward. During the descents I had to pay particular attention to make sure that the pack weight didn’t take charge.
Some of the scrambles even involved a little bit of elevation exposure, which certainly made for a little bit of excitement!
During the walk I learnt a fair bit. I learnt that I had taken way too much food – thank you Robin 🙂 I also learnt that I had not taken enough toilet roll. I did resolve this last technicality, but you will have to tune in to day 4 to see what I did!
Injuries wise, my right knee is now playing up a bit, though no where near as bad as after the Lake District Walk and I came away with some rather painful sores on both heels of my feet. Up front, both feet hurt but the blisters there seem to have hardened. No doubt when I get back to work tomorrow there will be a few people giving me the ‘I told you so’ look!
Also, whilst playing around with my software I have realised that I can filter my GPS recordings to make them suitable for use with Ordinance Survey’s GetAMap. As such, future posts will now include OS map views as well as the Google Map views to enable readers to more easily identify where my walk took me.
Unlike previous walks I will not be publishing the planned route. The reason for this is that the plan pretty much changed from the start of Day 2 once I realised that a particular ridge could in fact be climbed! All will be revealed in Day 2’s post.
In the meantime have a good one!