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Cregennen Lake and Cadair Idris

46/52 for the group T189ers photo-a-week

This week's theme was: autumn leaves

As you can see, I didn't manage to take a photo for the topic this week, so this is my alternative offering.

We went up to the Cregennen Lakes on a geology field trip just over a week ago and I have never seen such big waves on the lake before! The water was being whipped up into spray and I had to touch up a couple of places where there had been water drops on the lens.

The wind was scary enough at this level, but there were people going up Cadair Idris (the mountain in the distance). They must have been mad!

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heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 21st, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed! Though anyone wanting to test the truth of that old tale would be advised to do it on a balmy June night, not in a November gale.
chickenfeet2003 From: chickenfeet2003 Date: November 21st, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been on Snowdon when the wind was so strong it was impossible to walk through the tunnel that goes under the railway below Clogwyn station.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 21st, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know whether the wind contributed to the death on Cadair, but sadly, shortly before this photo was taken, a body was recovered from the mountain. The chap had fallen the previous night.

We actually saw the helicopter hovering, but thought it was just a practice exercise. Despite its popularity, Cadair doesn't seem to have as many fatalities as Snowdon.
chickenfeet2003 From: chickenfeet2003 Date: November 21st, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Snowdon is a serious mountain, especially in winter. It can be warmish in the pass and comfortable climbing in the shelter of the cwms of Crib-Y-Ddysgl but be a raging white out once one tops out onto the ridge. It's impossible to find the way back down into the cwm in those conditions and the only safe way off is a compass bearing to the railway and back that way. I've also seen sheer stupidity. One day we were coming down the railway path late on a winter's afternoon after climbing on Clogwynn y Garnedd. The steep slope by Clogwyn station was all wind slab and glare ice and not entirely easy even with axe and crampons. We met people walking up in street clothes apparently planning to head for the top. Just mad.
stephanieburgis From: stephanieburgis Date: November 21st, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 21st, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It is one of my favourite places around here and it's very accessible because there is a car park nearby. The view is always beautiful, no matter what the weather.
ellarien From: ellarien Date: November 21st, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely! Those are indeed big waves for an inland lake.

We've had plenty of autumn leaves here, but not much sun on them for most of the week.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 21st, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are especially big waves for such a small lake! (See icon for a more peaceful view of the same lake.)

I ought to have been able to capture autumn leaves, but as you can see, there were none around on the field trip and somehow what with being away last weekend and the weekend just gone, I didn't seem to get out in the week.
aulus_poliutos From: aulus_poliutos Date: November 21st, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
We still have some autumn leaves left on the trees, and some days there's even sunshine. Got an ususually dry November.

But the lake pic is lovely.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 21st, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I ought to have been able to capture autumn leaves, but as you can see, there were none around on the field trip and somehow what with being away last weekend and then preparing to go away again, I didn't seem to get out in the week.
batwrangler From: batwrangler Date: November 22nd, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I love the way the waves and the ridges along the mountain visually echo each other.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 22nd, 2011 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right! They do -- and I hadn't noticed before, except perhaps subconsciously.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: November 22nd, 2011 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Cregennen Lakes - another place I haven't visited for too long. Been up Cadair Idris many times. Never done it in a scary wind, but did once manage the first 2,000 feet when pregnant!


khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: November 23rd, 2011 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a vivid photo. I wouldn't have picked it as a lake at all.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 23rd, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not even a very big lake. It's almost all in the picture. Very little has been chopped off at the sides. That's why the big waves were so amazing. Bala Lake, which is several miles long, can easily get waves that size, but small lakes like Cregennen only get ripples normally.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: November 24th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow!

I don't think I'd like to tackle Cader Idris in such conditions. It's still on my 'To Do' list...
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