Conquering Snowdonia

While in Wales, I traveled up north to a town called Caernarfon (pronounced Ca-nar-fun– yeah, I would have never gotten that one), which is a tiny town near Snowdonia National Park, on the northern coast of Wales.

Caernarfon Sunset
Caernarfon Sunset

My first day, it was horriby cold, windy, cloudy, and rainy, so I decided to have a nice day relaxing on the couch, planning out the next part of my trip, and reading.  I was staying in a hostel with like, 2 other people in it, so it was perfect.  I also went out to dinner with a girl at the hostel to a local pub, and there we were harassed by an old drunk guy.  Now I’m not going to go into detail about what he said, because it’s vulgar and shocking, but I will say that a group of really nice guys came to our rescue, protected us from the crazy drunkie, and one guy even slapped him in the face when he said something really bad.  Then they walked us home.  For every bad person in the world, there’s one to bitch slap them.

Anyway, Snowdonia!  I braved the cold Welsh air and hiked that mountain!  Mount Snowden is the tallest peak in Wales, and man, she’s cold at the top. What I wore: 1 tank top, 1 long sleeved shirt, 2 under armor jackets, 1 wool coat, 2 pairs of pants, gloves, earwarmers, and Vibrams (not recommended).  So basically, every item of clothing I have packed.  It wasn’t so bad until the very top, when it got below freezing, otherwise it was a decent enough day. And it was beautiful and totally worth it.  It’s about a 9 mile hike, and it took about 4 and a half hours (with pastry padding slowing me down!).

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Lookin' like a crazy, windblown fool.
Lookin’ like a crazy, windblown fool.

DSC01792 DSC01791 DSC01789 DSC01787 DSC01780The sky there was just unreal.  What a beautiful day.

 

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