It isn't something to embark upon with out some thought. We were fooled by our physically fit daughter's persuasiveness; she said it was easy - it isn't! It was a fine day, a little cloudy at times but warm, so the 'climbing' (really only walking up slopes) was quite enjoyable, though MUCH too long. Perhaps if we'd set out with a different attitude, and been prepared for a longer-than-usual walk, we'd have really enjoyed it. As it was, the ascent (taking the pony trail - very few steps compared with other routes) became tedious as the mist gradually lowered and we could see nothing.
If you take this track be careful as you near the summit. Although cairns warn that you are approaching the edge my husband did not realise that was what they were there for and continued straight on, fortunately coming to a sudden and abrupt halt in time! At that point you have to turn right and continue on, being sure to keep to the path to avoid the drops! There is a stone climbers' hut just before the summit which was handy because although we had warm coats etc on (it had been sunny and warm in the car park when we set off), we needed to pause to gather ourselves and warm up a little before the final climb. This was over rocks and wasn't pleasant because we couldn't see what was ahead of us or how far it was to the top, yet the sense of achievement when we finally arrived was immense. Unfortunately there was nothing to see, and we soon became chilly so we set off down the mountain. About 1/3 of the way down, the mist suddenly cleared and, oh my goodness, the views were incredible! What a treat we had, and of course by that time the sun was in full-flow again too, so we had food, warmth and a long rest to drink in the view. The going suddenly became easier (mind over matter?) and with frequent stops to take photos we arrived at the bottom happy and less tired than when we set out from the summit. All-in-all a positive experience, though we'll wait a year or two before we do it again! Oh, and don't be put off by the memorial for a climber who lost his life on Cader Idris, just take in the significance of it.
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