We had just climbed and activated Moel Eilio GW/NW-022 in the Snowdon Range on Friday 12th August 2016. As we had tactically used two cars to set up a linear walk, we had traversed directly from that summit, which proved to be a very satisfying section of walking. We were with our friend Simon G4TJC, and had just rested for lunch by the wall at the foot of the relatively short climb to Moel Cynghorion's summit.
Despite the indifferent visibility of much of the day, the clag did occasionally clear to afford some excellent views - and photo opportunities. You had to be quick to get them though! After a lunch of broccoli & stilton soup, we were ready for what would be a straightforward if slightly dull 25 minute final ascent to the summit.
The summit was marked by the tiniest cairn. It was in fact a long flat top, so the nominal summit position could have been anywhere really. I don't think this hill is one of the more popular ones in Snowdonia!
As had become the norm, Jimmy and I each had no difficulty qualifying the activation on 2m FM using our hand-portable transceivers. Simon did likewise, but unfortunately got quite a few calls to work through just as the rain started! And start it did, it came in good and proper just as we were setting off from the summit, and gave us a bit of a soaking as we descended the first section.
As we returned to the spot where we had stopped for lunch earlier, we were interested to see a large (10 person?) bothy bag deployed in the adjacent field. I shouted over to ask if they were OK, to which they responded in the affirmative. It was raining pretty hard, so they were probably just trying to keep the rain off their sandwiches!
A short path now took us across to join the Snowdon Ranger path, which zigzagged its way down past the farmhouses to the Snowdon Ranger car park - where my car was waiting for us. As was a little robin, that seemed very friendly and confident, even jumping in my car to have a good look at everything!
We drove Simon back to his holiday cottage and thanked him for his company on a great day's walking. Jimmy and I agreed to take a slight detour up to Llandudno, and the Great Orme GW/NW-070 before heading back home.