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Cadair Idris - imposing enough without snow

Cadair Idris - imposing enough without snow

Respect to this weekend’s guests in our holiday cottage, Gavin, Anna, Dave, Jen and Mark, who climbed Cadair Idris in arctic conditions yesterday.  Not only that, but they went up the hard way, tackling the scree slopes of the Fox’s Path.  Although the mountain was covered in ice and snow, it was a stunning day here and they were fully prepared with ice axes and crampons. Cadair Idris rises up to 893 metres right behind Graig Wen – you can walk to the peak  from here or drive to the start of the Pony Track, a relatively easy route, within just a few minutes.  The name means “Chair of Idris” – the giant Idris watches over the area from his mountain perch.  The mountain lakes are rumoured to be bottomless and legend has it that if you sleep overnight on the summit, you will wake either a mad or a poet. One of our last tent campers of the season, back in November, had spent the previous night  pitched on Cader in the first snow of the winter. Madman or poet…you decide.

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