Ascent of Moel Siabod on 2018-10-18

Climber: James Stone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, October 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Moel Siabod
    Elevation:2861 ft / 872 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked behind the Joe Brown shop in Capel Curig where there is a free National Park car park.

Walked for half a kilometer along the road towards Plas y Brenin. Immediately after there is a public footpath that leads down to the footbridge at the end of Lynnau Mymbyr. There is a fine view of the Snowdon Horseshoe from here. The path continues straight ahead pleasantly up through some woodland and out on to the open hillside.

There is a more exciting route past the lakes on the east side of the hill with a bit of a scramble up the east ridge. But at least my route had continuing views of Snowdon and the Glyders. As I ascended, the breeze picked up and soon the summit came into view. I had the top to myself, at least for a while. There is a substantial shelter a little way from the summit trig. I sheltered there for 10 minutes out of the wind and to eat/drink.

When I emerged I was no longer by myself. I had a quick chat with the guy who had arrived before leaving. I returned the same way and passed a few others on their way up. Passing the Joe Brown shop again, this time I followed the road north to the house at Bron Heulog where a public footpath leaves and crosses rough pasture eventually reaching Access Land behind Tal-y-Waun, now a holiday cottage.

After having a further brief stop I cut across very rough ground parallel to the stream in the general direction of Craig Wen. There is a man-made dyke to cross. A footbridge can be found. The ground becomes a little easier the higher one gets. I eventually reached the col between Creigiau Gleision and Craiglwyn. There is a path along the ridge line.

Creigiau Gleision presents a short sharp climb from here. There is a small cairn on the top and good views down the Ogwyn Valley to Tryfan, the Glyders and the Carneddau. The low sun hung above Moel Siabod.

I decided not to go across to Creigiau Gleision's north top and instead went back over Craiglwyn, then Craig Wen and then Crimpiau. The faint path follows the entire route. From Crimpiau so as to avoid rough and boggy ground to the south and west I followed a path that looped around the south end of this hill and aimed towards the public footpath to the east. I followed the path back to my car.

7 1/2 hours including stops for the round.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2228 ft / 679 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2228 ft / 679 m
    Start Trailhead:633 ft / 192 m
Descent Statistics

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