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Low cloud and a little snow on Pumlumon

By Rudi Winter

A surprise sunny cold spell at the weekend between two miserable, murky November weeks gave an opportunity for a quick ascent of Pumlumon Fawr from Nant-y-Moch reservoir. As the camera battery was playing up, I had to resort to using the phone to take pictures - with reasonable results.

Starting from the minor road running up the eastern shore of Nant-y-Moch reservoir, I took the hydro track to Llyn Llygad Rheidol, waded through the stream emerging from its overflow and made my way up towards the boundary fence across Pen Cerrig Tewion, more or less following the side of the trench Nant y Graig-las has left in the hillside. Good views of Llyn Llygad Rheidol SN7987 : Eastern and northern ridge of Pumlumon Fawr by Rudi Winter and the surrounding eastern and northern ridges SN7987 : Pumlumon Fawr and Fach by Rudi Winter of Pumlumon Fawr.

It was quite sunny and warm up to this point, but as there was cloud over the summit, it felt quite icy higher up, with a little snow on the ground. There was a very sharp boundary to the cloud SN8087 : Cloud front over Cwm Hengwm by Rudi Winter a little to the north, and southern Snowdonia could be seen beneath in full sunshine. Pumlumon's summit itself was just touching the cloud base SN7886 : Summit cairn of Pen Pumlumon Fawr by Rudi Winter, making for interesting views of Nant-y-Moch SN7887 : Northern ridge of Pumlumon Fawr by Rudi WinterSN7788 : Maesnant and Nant-y-Moch from Pumlumon by Rudi Winter and Cwm Hengwm SN7887 : View north from Pumlumon Fawr by Rudi Winter reflecting sunlight from below.

The descent via Pumlumon Fach was a cold and somewhat miserable affair since I slipped on a snow patch and landed in a bog puddle. Once I was back on the hydro track, the sun and some warmth returned.

You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page LinkExternal link .

Trip profile: LinkExternal link

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