The focus of this outing was to be on photography; particularly from the summit of the 994m high Glyder Fach in Snowdonia at sundown. The obvious place to camp therefore was at the beautiful Llyn Caseg-fraith at an elevation of around 750m and well placed for the magnificent ringside views of Tryfan and Glyder Fach. This was to be my second time wild camping at this location as I had camped there with my younger son four years earlier. It is a place that has become rightly popular with backpackers and landscape photographers in recent times.
I started out from Capel Curig in the early afternoon having spent the morning photographing the Afon Llugwy near Betws-y-Coed. I applied some sunscreen as the sun was quite strong despite the hazy conditions and climbed up onto Cefn y Capel and followed the ridge along to Y Foel Goch, 805m high. There were a couple of steep sections, which were hard work with my heavy pack but I managed them OK and I was soon dropping down the 50m or so to the lake. I spent some time finding a place to pitch my tent that was not boggy and where I could get water. Having pitched my tent, it was time for a brew and a bit of chilling out until it was dinner time. This consisted of dried food just needing boiling water adding to it; salmon and potatoes in a dill sauce, followed by apple crumble and custard. It wouldn’t have won any cooking awards but filled me up.
By now, it was around 18:30 and I headed up to the summit of Glyder Fach to do some photography, including of the sunset four hours later. This took me about 45 minutes to climb from my tent and I had a very good explore of the summit and the weird and wonderful rock formations; I wandered over as far as the Castle of the Winds. It got chilly and was glad I had my duvet jacket to hand. Cold and clammy mist started rolling in, but fortunately it didn’t linger. I set up my camera close to the top of Bristly Ridge with the impressive view of Tryfan beyond. The light just got better and better and the sunset was a stunner. By now it was well after 22:00 and getting dark fast as I headed down the mountain to my tent. Even then, I couldn’t resist taking a few more images of the lake and the remnants of the sunset sky. By the time I’d had a sandwich and a brew, it was around 23:30 and definitely time to turn in. It had been quite a special evening, and having the summit of Glyder Fach to myself as the sun went down was just magical.
After a fairly fitful sleep, I looked at my watch and saw that it was only 04:30. I lay dozing for about half an hour and decided to get up and do some photography around the lake and beyond. Unfortunately the sun had risen into some high cloud so the light wasn’t as good as it might have been. My photography took a couple of hours by which time I was ready for some breakfast following which it was time to strike camp and head back to Capel Curig. I took a different route than the outward one, following the pleasant rocky ridge down to Gwern Gof Isaf farm, about 2km east of Llyn Ogwen and then walked along the old military road back to Capel Curig, with a decent lunch being the priority. I then planned to do some photography at the Fairy Glen near Betws-y-Coed before the drive home.