Despite leaving the campsite promptly, we failed to get into the car park at pen-y-pass – the start of the Snowdon ascent; this rare fine August day had brought everyone out. Parking the minibus further down the mountain we headed up onto the Miners track – six Explorers, Tom, TomTom, Henry, Sam, Marcus, Adam plus Ben a Scout from Winscombe. This proved a quiet path until it merged with the Pyg track which seemed to be the preferred route of the day. The summit cleared as we approached but was busier than Clapham junction with the train arriving to disgorge its passengers. Tom braved the queue in the restaurant to grab a pie, always hungry despite packing two rounds of sandwiches. We queued up for a summit photo, and retreated to a quiet spot for lunch out of the wind.
After lunch we escaped down the Watkin path and up onto the South ridge where no one wanted to follow. We picked out a route keeping clear of the sheer drop to the valley floor finally scrambled to the top of West Peak to meet a stiff westerly breeze. And fine views across to the northern ridge of Crib–Goch.
As we dropped off the ridge the rain came in making the steep decent slippery and awkward but we soon made the Miners track once more and the car park at pen-y-pass and hot chocolate in the café.
GSL 1st Congresbury Scout Group.