We arrived at Gwern Gof Uchaf campsite at 8:00pm on Friday. It is situated just under Tryfan and is directly over the A5 from the Ogwen valley mountain rescue hut. After setting up the tents we headed over to register our teams’ arrival and have our kit checked. The Rescue team where very hospitable and we had a tour of the base which was very interesting before heading back to the campsite.
After sitting around for a while chatting and getting fed up with the midges we all turned in for the night. The next morning I got up at 5:45am and the campsite was already a hive of activity with a least 3 other teams getting ready for the day’s events. The weather was perfect albeit a bit hazy, and the forecast for the rest of the day was very good with no precipitation expected. Apparently this is the first time that it has not rained for the Oggie 8. We must be lucky.
Once we were sorted we headed over the road to the Rescue base for the prompt 7:00am mass start. All the teams gathered round the back of the base with some good banter and swapping of team photos for each other. After a quick briefing we were off accompanied by a flare.
|First ascent of the day|
|Carnedd Llewelyn & Yr Elen in the early morning mist|
|First one chalked off - Carnedd Llewelyn|
|David, Paul & Gary approaching Carnedd Dafydd checkpoint|
|Carnedd Llewelyn poking out the mist from Dafydd|
|The descent down to Ogwen cottage from Pen yr Ole Wen|
|Y Garn Next|
|Paul Halfway up Y Garn|
|View down the Ogwen Valley from Y Garn|
|Heading up Glyder Fawr looking back to Y Garn and Llyn y Cwn|
|Glyder Fawr - Nearly there|
|Team photo before heading up Castell y Gwynt not looking so happy and jolly now!! (we are actually team 6 checkpoint card upside down)|
|Looking back to Castell y Gwynt|
|Team Photo on the Cantilever stone|
|Tryfan - Leap of faith|
|Nearly finish - heading back down to the base.|
We also had a great evening with a hog roast and local ale on tap. Prizes where given out to the winning team who managed to get round in a superb time of 5 hours 13 mins, hats off to you that is going some. Anyway I can see my Oggie Pasties team coming back next year to better our time.