Mountain Leader assessment expeditions are almost always a lot of fun. The aim of them is to quite simply give the candidates the best opportunities to demonstrate that they can complete all that’s required in the syllabus. So long as that is being provided you can roam around the mountains for three days going pretty much wherever you like. With Andrew, Ben, Katie and Sharon on this assessment we’ve weaved an interesting way around the Glyderau.

Starting from Llyn Ogwen a wet and windy first day saw us creep our way up Cwm Tryfan, over Glyder Fach then down the Gribin Ridge to spend our first night camped sheltered among the boulders on the shore of Llyn Bochlywd.

Day two dawned with much brighter but still windy weather with the day’s route seeing us travel beneath the main ridge of the mountains through Cwm Cywion, Cwm Coch and Cwm Bual (including the marvelous Mushroom Garden path) before gaining the tops and back tracking past Foel Goch and over Y Garn to our second camp spot near Llyn y Cwn.

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Both nights had spells of navigating around in the dark and we finished off the expedition on the third morning by skipping along the flank of Glyder Fawr and returning to Llyn Ogwen via Seniors Ridge. Well done all for your performance on the course and thanks for a great few days in the mountains!