Summit Information for GW/NW-009
Cadair Idris - Penygadair - 893m, 8 points
Association: Wales Region: North Wales
Latitude: 52 41 57 N, Longitude: 3 54 32 W
Grid Reference: SH 711130, QTH Locator: IO82BQ
Today's Sunrise: 06:11 UTC, Today's Sunset: 18:00 UTC
For our first venture into the North Wales SOTA region, Andy and I chose to activate GW/NW-009 Cadair Idris Although the summit of Cadair Idris is actually called Pen y Gadair most people simply refer to this amazing mountain by its general name Cadair Idris, translated it actually means Chair of Idris, a Welsh giant from Celtic mythology.
Our day began with a 7am start ready for the two and a quarter hour drive to our start point at Minfford. (SH732 115) I chose this route because all I had read about this mountain indicated that this would be the most direct yet physically challenging, with amazing views all the way. We weren't disappointed on either score! This is a truly spectacular mountain, and the many photos I took along the route, fail miserably to capture its sheer scale and beauty.
The route follows the ridge in a clockwise direction high above Llyn Cae, then rejoins the original path at the slate bridge (SH727 120). Total distance is 10Km with a gruelling 874M of ascent. Walking time was around 5 hours.
Our activation was VHF only today, as we wanted to reduce the weight of the kit as much as possible. The take off was excellent and contacts were made into England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, receiving very good reports. Our only problem was being able to keep the antenna up in the very strong wind at the summit.
All in all a very enjoyable day, and hopefully just the first of many visits to the Snowdonia National Park.
Many thanks to all stations that helped with our activation of GW/NW-009
NW-009 (Cadair Idris -Penygadair) CallUsed:GW6OVD/P