Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Mountain Madness Pt Two

So, recently, we decided to go to the Glyderau range yet again. This time, however, we attempted Y Garn. This involved going up Devil's Kitchen and instead of turning left to Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach we turned right past the lake. This trip was interesting. We knew what to expect after the last time, however, we didn't expect to be walking through clouds. I say interesting, but it was most certainly quite an experience to have been through, one I am very glad to have been through.

Just at the beginning 

View from Devil's Kitchen
So after the initial struggle up through Devil's Kitchen, we noticed we couldn't quite see the peak where we were headed to. Not because it was so far away, but because it was covered in clouds. Not entirely sure why this came as such a surprise due to our view at the beginning being just clouds with some land trying to break through. Walking up Y Garn entailed two footpaths, one which was in the middle of the incline and the other which was right on the edge. Guess which one we chose.... Yes that's right, the one by the edge (the brother regretted this shortly after!). It was a steady incline to Y Garn with beautiful views (and a massive drop!). At this point there was still some visibility across the edge looking over across the lakes. We reached the summit, and at this point we could see about 20ft in front of us.... unsure of where the edges were, that was quite exhilarating. Unfortunately, due to the clouds we couldn't see the view that could have been there but from the views on the travels up it would have been beautiful.

View from the ascent 

The descent....
If you read my previous post 'Mountain Madness Pt Two' you will be aware that last time we conquered this journey the descent was horrific. Well, this one was worse. Of course it is to be expected that the terrain would be similar due to both the peaks being in the same mountain range. However, it was pretty much like a slip n slide. Not to mention the fact that to the right there was just a massive drop covered by clouds! Coming down the initial scree part we came across this beautiful Springer Spaniel who wanted to play fetch with one of the stones! The dog was absolutely loving it (can't say the same about those walking down, however).

Endless nothingness....

Getting past the scree and clouds (after what felt like a long time) made the descent so much easier. After this stage we walked across grass, marsh and then finally made it to the zig zag steps! I would 10/10 recommend this as a wonderful family fun day out... if you're up for it. Next time I think we're going to choose somewhere which has less scree.... hopefully!

Peace out! 

Friday, 5 June 2015

Live XXL Hair Dye

I previously decided I wanted to dye half my hair purple and it didn't quite work out as it turned red. So for some strange reason I decided to go all out and do a whole head make over. Apologies in advance for face spam. I'm naturally a brunette so it took two attempts at bleaching my hair before I could do anything with it. (Well half ginger half blonde....) The bottom half of my hair will have to be excused as it was previously red so it made it difficult to be the desired colour.

Second attempt of bleaching

 My hope was to dye it purple, but it initially didn't quite work out as intended. I used the Purple Punk Ultra Bright semi-permanent hair dye which took four bottles because of the length of my hair. Whilst the dye didn't quite work until the fourth attempt I am still quite pleased with the results and would 10/10 recommend using the product. So far I have had this on for four weeks and recently topped up on the colour due to fading of the fringe. It was on this fourth attempt that it finally turned purple.

The fourth bottle of Live Colour XXL Ultra Bright Purple Punk
 Peace out!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Mountain Madness Pt One

Every year for the past 5 years my father and myself with my brother recently have been walking up hills in Snowdonia. This year it was the Glyderau range. In April we made an attempt up through Devil's Kitchen, to Glyder Fawr then across to Glyder Fach, then across up to the Cantilever. (So many names!)

We started out with absolutely no idea what we were about to put ourselves through. Bad idea. To begin with it is a nice gentle walk up to the lake from Idwal Cottage. Then there is a gradual incline as you progress further around the lake, to which point it is unclear where the pathway is. The pathway is up. Yes, there are several points where we had to climb, which was particularly difficult for short people (me).

Lake at bottom of Devil's Kitchen
Eventually we got up to the lake at the top of Devil's Kitchen, thinking there's not too far to go now, surely that was the worst part. But no, we turned left and saw what was to our journey ahead. It was scree. Lots of it. At a lovely angle where if you were to turn and look back it you'd regret that decision. Eventually, after a fair amount of sliding, we made it to Glyder Fawr. To which point there was beautiful view of the Snowdon mountain range and all across Snowdonia.

View from Glyder Fawr

From here we progressed to Glyder Fach where it was particularly windy, however, the views made up for it!
Views along the way to Glyder Fach
 So, from the summit of Glyder Fach it is a 'must do' to go on the Cantilever, which is a rock that is balanced out on top of many others. By goodness it was a triumph to even make it to the top where the Cantilever was, I'm pretty sure at one point my brother and myself were crawling around to find places to continue forwards! (One to add to the books hey).

My father on the Cantilever
Now, usually after walking up to the top, you think 'ah yes, the way back down will be much nicer'. Then figure out what you've just walked up and realise it will probably be just as bad.... Yeah there were several occasions where we were simply walking down just hoping to find a route (with many holes and mud in the grass, lovely!). We made our way back round through the pass at the side of Tryfan (the neighbouring mountain), which was rather eventful considering I was lucky enough to fall on my backside coming down! Well, my father and brother seemed to enjoy it to say the least. 'Round the corner' as my father would say, we found a lake and the pathway back down (steps!) leading us back to Idwal Cottage, bliss!

So this day was very interesting, and if you're into walking I'd recommend taking a trip here.... it's a brilliant family day out!

Peace out!