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Trip Start Oct 10, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

The trauma of trekking to K2 had nearly left me. Those many hours strapped to a donkey in an arid, freezing high-altitude desert had left their mark, and despite swearing I would never again put myself in such a position, a little trot around the Rhinogs on my own two feet seemed fairly safe. Steve, Vince and a new member of the BMC, Paul, picked me up and we drove down to within a few miles of Barmouth, where we met up with some others from the club.

The route follows a track for a mile or so before heading vertically up a hill. As we stumbled upwards the sea came into view, sparkling like a diamond below. The ridge took us up as far as Y Diffwys. The trig point is placed on the far side of a stone wall, next to a sheer drop. We all clambered over, then tried not to look like we were hugging the wall.

At this point I turned off my annoying phone app. In principle it is great. It records how far and how fast you walk, giving updates on average pace and mileage. On the downside, it updates you verbally every 5 minutes, whether you like it or not, and can't be silenced. It also uses up all your battery. I'd had enough of an electronic voice telling me my statistics.

From the to of Y Diffwys, the path descends a few hundred feet before rising again towards Ych Llethyr at about 750m. We paused at the top of the hill to enjoy the view before retracing our steps, mostly. Vince took us off-roading, which might have shaved a bit of distance from the walk, but was certainly harder underfoot.

We managed about 10 miles altogether and everything hurt from the waist down. My diary entry for the following day says 'hurt less'. I have got to get me to a gym.
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