Friday, 14 October 2016

Two extra Marilyns on Welsh Final Nuttall trip

Walk summary
Some additional short walks over and above the walks in the Final Welsh Nuttall plan used as light activity on a rest day or fitted in at the end of a Nuttall day if an unclimbed Marilyn nearby, enough daylight and am not too tired.
Due partly because of the ideal walking weather enjoyed for the first week of the trip and partly I would like to think; due to my improved overall fitness as a result of increased amount of hill walking this year. Not only has hill legs returned sooner in to trip but overall strength and core stability has prevented occurrence of any back problems Aerobic strength and resilience especially after a long ascent has also improved beyond what I thought likely.

Two additional hills (though I did have expectations of doing more) over and above what was planned, after all it is two extra Marilyns that I won't have to include in future trips.
Typically I feel a little disappointed I did not manage more particularly stopping off on the way home and knocking off two or three more. Well 15 walking days out of 19 including the two travelling days at each end, visiting 43 peaks, 27 of which are over 2000' is probably my most prolific and certainly most successful trip so in all honesty I do have reason to be satisfied.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 14 October 2016 to 23 October 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

 -  Bala Camping & Caravan Club Site
Start Point - Various. See maps below

Finish Point Various. See maps below
Total Duration - 2hrs 23mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.70 mph
Total Distance Walked - 4.05 miles
Total Height Ascended - 457.88 metres

Peaks visited
Nuttalls (254E - 443E&W)
Hewitts (179E - 316E&W)
Marilyns (158W - 1550E,W&S)
Moel-y-Gest (96W - 264E,W&S)
Bryn y Fan (103W - 271E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 422E&W)
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Moel-y-Gest (114W - 349E,W&S)
Bryn y Fan (124W - 359E,W&S)
Unitary Authority County Tops (22W - 33E,W&S)
E: England 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
07th Calf Top
08th Moel Siabod
09th Yr Aran & Gallt y Wenaullt
11th The Manods & Moel Penamnen from Blaenau Ffestiniog
12th The Cnichts
13th Moel Hebog - The Beddgelert Three
14th Moel-y-Gest
15th Five Nuttalls of the Central Rhinogs
18th Rhobell Fawr & Dduallt
19th Rhinog Fawr from Cwm-bychan Farm
21st Gorllwyn & Drygarn Fawr
22nd Pen y Garn
22nd Bryn y Fan
24th Foel Goch and the four Deweys from Bala C&CC campsite
25th North West Arans

Approaching from the south, unusual shaped stone built trig
on Moel-y-Gest near Porthmadog

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2.10 miles, 230.29m ascent,  Start Time 16:55pm, Finish Time 18:16pm, 1 hours 56 minutes, 1.56 mph
Eighth day of trip and only second rest day so used it to catch up with washing then Tesco shop at Porthmadog. Mid afternoon by the time I went in to Tesco and saw what the prominence that I knew to be the Marilyn Moel-y-gest. Supposed to be a rest day but to be honest in spite of walking the three previous days felt if I had not ran out of clean clothes probably would have used today to pick off some minor Marilyns. Always conscious about not over doing things and taking rest days even though I think they are not needed to aid recovery and muscle repair, I am starting to categorise non walking days as recovery days, rest days and days off. Today turns out to be a recovery day, though the ascent and descent turned out to be steeper than expected where I manage only a gentle walk. Therefore a day off is where I do bugger all because I am too tired to do anything else and a  rest day is something in between where I might go for a stroll just to keep the legs working ready for a full walking day tomorrow.
Not sure how scientific this is but is just an example of the rubbish I think about when out walking on my own. Will refer back to this in the future and see if it can be applied.
Bryn y Fan
Bryn y Fan trig and highest point just to it's right
viewed from the south

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1.95 miles, 227.59m ascent,  Start Time 15:25pm, Finish Time 16:27pm, 1 hours 02 minutes, 1.89 mph
Picked up on a transition day moving on from Elan Oaks Caravan Site after picking off Pen y Garn, the final Nuttall of eleven in Central Wales.
Driving to Bala along the B4518 this hill is obvious off to the right. A nice gentle walk at the end of a lovely Autumn Saturday afternoon. 
4:30pm finish followed by a 1½ hour drive to Bala Camping & Caravan Club Site meant arrival after dark but just seemed waste of a lovely Autumn afternoon if I did not use it to go up a hill.