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Snow on Snowdon
Sunday, December 18, 2005



Sorry I've been silent for a while. I haven't been ignoring you on purpose, I have just been too busy doing things to write about any of them! I've decided to make a very short post just to make sure that I write something! I'm delighted to say that 'This is the Sea Two' is selling really well - it's even more popular than the first DVD. All of the feedback that I have had has been positive.

I haven't been seapaddling much for a month but on the weekends I've been enjoying walking, climbing and bike rides. This weekend Alun and I went for a lovely walk up Snowdon. Every day, we look out of our window at this mountain - the highest one in Wales - but (as is often the case with great things on your doorstep) we don't go up it very often. This weekend was clear, cold and crisp with a few inches of snow on the top - definately a good day for a walk up a big hill. We avoided the main paths up the mountain but followed a sheep path up a pretty valley and then scrambled up a gully on 'Cloggy', a dramatic cliff covered in incredible moutain climbing routes ( a bit cold and icy for that at this time of year though ). Once at the top of Cloggy, we were walking down alongside the railway line which takes tourists to the top of the mountain. I mentioned that it must be possible to make a contraption to allow us to slide down the railway track all the way to Llanberis at the bottom! Alun looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and said "You don't need to make anything". I had forgotten that he grew up in Llanberis and spent his childhood exploring the hills and climbing venues in the area. A bit further down the track he started lifting up large rocks and eventually found one he liked. He carried it over to the railway track and started turning it around, turning it one way and then another. What a journey down!! You wouldn't believe how well they slide..... I should mention that no trains run up the track at this time of year, and the stones don't do any damage........
(click on the photos to see them bigger! The top ones are of me stood on top of Cloggy on the way up Snowdon)


4 Comments:

Blogger FH2O said...

Will try to see if its available in this part of the world - Malaysia; that is.

Merry Xmas!

8:01 am  
Blogger Justine Curgenven said...

Wow - that's great that you are reading this from Malaysia! I visited Malaysia about 9 years ago and really enjoyed it - I didn't kayak then but I would like to return to Asia for a paddling trip sometime.

10:56 am  
Blogger FH2O said...

We just came back from a kayaking trip to Chiangmai, Thailand and are thinking of Vietnam Halong Bay next year. U r most welcomed to join us!

If ever u r in this part of the world (I'm in Kuching, Sarawak); let me know and we can go out for a paddle!

8:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The second photo is a winner. The sense of vertigo is incredible. Is that rock really as paper-thin as it looks?

9:28 am  

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