As 2013 draws to a close, it’s good to look back in pictures at another year in the hills, so here are some of my best memories of the old year. Best wishes to all my readers, and here’s wishing you all a great hill year in 2014.
The year started with the Spine Race (post #114) . I work on the safety and support team for this event, billed as Britain’s most brutal race – the Pennine Way (268 miles) in winter, with kit! The 2013 event was memorable for the blizzard that hit the competitors on the last night.
By February the snow had virtually disappeared as Chris and I visited some prehistoric sites in the hills of the Northern Carneddau in North Wales (post #116) finishing off with a walk over Tal y Fan.
By early March the only snow remaining in North Wales was on the highest summits (post #120). Shortly afterwards we had a warm day on Moel Eilio (post #121) just north of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), but it wasn’t to last – another set of storms took us back to another mini Ice-Age.
The snow was just in time to add a bit of interest to a trip to the Lake District – members of The Spine ‘Mountain and Medics’ Support team plus my Border Collie ‘Mist’ had a great day out on a wintery Striding Edge (post #123).
By April the snow had consolidated nicely, giving great snow conditions for a day out in the mountains of the Glyderau (post #125). There was even enough snow left for some winter training with the search and rescue dogs of SARDA Wales (post #128)
By May the snow had finally retreated, and we had some great days out in Snowdonia on Yr Aran (post #129) and on our local hills, the Clwydians (post #131). June arrived with a scorching hot day on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in The Dales (post #133)
We seemed to spend much of July in the Aran mountains in North Wales, with weather ranging from miserably wet back to scorching again (posts #135 #136 and #137). A trip to Mid-Wales in August gave us a visit to Hergest Ridge (post #138) on the Welsh-English border, again in very hot conditions, followed by a misty day on Yr Wyddfa (post #139)
As the months started dashing towards the end of the year we had a great training weekend with the search and rescue dogs near Cnicht (post #143) followed by a very autumnal day in our neighbouring hills (post #144). The year ended with a great mountain day out for ‘Mist’ and I on Senior’s Ridge in the Glyderau (post #145), followed by a cold day out on Moel Famau in the Clwydians (post #146)
It’s been a good and varied year in the hills – here’s to more in 2014!
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