#180 – Arenig Fawr – Going to the dogs!

Arenig Fawr seen from the east

Arenig Fawr seen from the east

The route (in red – 2012 route in blue)

The route (in red – 2012 route in blue)

This was our second visit to Arenig Fawr – Chris and I had been this way in 2012 (see post #101) and had a cool day (that’s the temperature and not the vibe!) so a return was overdue. Last time we had approached from the west, missing out the lake that sits to the east of the hill – this time we decided on the east side.

Setting out – Babs and Rich Boardwell

Setting out – Babs and Rich Boardwell

The trials of a photographer – Babs getting down to it ….

The trials of a photographer – Babs getting down to it ….

…. with willing subjects lined up

…. with willing subjects lined up

We also had company on this trip, friends Richie and Babs Boardwell. Babs combines her hill trips with photography, and probably carries her own body weight in cameras and other photographic gear, but whilst I was snapping away at the hills, Babs was photographing dogs – she had plenty of choice on this trip with four Border Collies to choose from, our own ‘Mist’ and their Collies ‘Maisie’, ‘Caizers’ and ‘A.J.’

Arenig Fawr above the lake of Llyn Arenig Fawr

Arenig Fawr above the lake of Llyn Arenig Fawr

Babs getting her feet wet for another pic ….

Babs getting her feet wet for another pic ….

 …. then time to start the uphill work

…. then time to start the uphill work

The uphill section goes on a bit ….

The uphill section goes on a bit ….

…. but ‘Caizers’ has time to pose again

…. but ‘Caizers’ has time to pose again

A gently rising track started the day, with the Lake of Llyn Arenig Fawr coming into view as we walked. Above the lake the steeper work starts, with a height gain of almost 300 metres over 1.5 kms.

At the top of the steep section there’s still a bit further to go ….

At the top of the steep section there’s still a bit further to go ….

…. with more uphill ….

…. with more uphill ….

…. but Babs is still smiling

…. but Babs is still smiling

Heading for the summit ….

Heading for the summit ….

…. but the dogs are willing to slow down and pose (L to R ‘Mist’, ‘A.J.’ and ‘Caizers’)

…. but the dogs are willing to slow down and pose (L to R ‘Mist’, ‘A.J.’ and ‘Caizers’)

 Last bit of uphill

Last bit of uphill

Approaching the summit

Approaching the summit

The next bit was a similar distance but with less height gain, making the going much easier, not that the dogs were having any problem keeping up – as usual the opposite was true, and getting four energetic Border Collies to stand still long enough for a photo was challenging to say the least.

Memorial to the crew of the crashed B17 Flying Fortress ….

Memorial to the crew of the crashed B17 Flying Fortress ….

…. with a photograph of the crew

…. with a photograph of the crew

At the summit there is a memorial to the crew of the USAAF B17 Flying Fortress that crashed on the mountain on 4th August 1943. The aircraft was on a training flight when it crashed, and sadly the crew of eight were all killed – although the memorial itself is starting to show the effects of weather and altitude, there are always newly placed tributes to the airmen including the recent addition of a photograph of the crew.

View to the South Summit ….

View to the South Summit ….

…. but we’re heading north ….

…. but we’re heading north ….

…. with time for more photography ….

…. with time for more photography ….

…. not quite as hard as herding cats!

…. not quite as hard as herding cats!

Our return route was a much more gradual descent to the north, with more photos of the dogs on the way back. Border Collies are willing to do almost anything when asked, but sitting still isn’t usually included in their repertoire. However, Babs has the patience of a saint and with Richie providing a little distraction she managed a few more images. Then it was time for dogs and humans to head for home.

Time to head for home

Time to head for home

Text and images © Paul Shorrock with extra images © Richard Boardwell

p.s.  You can see some of the great images that Babs takes on her Facebook page, Dogs and Landscapes.

About Paul Shorrock

I've been mucking about in the mountains for longer than I care to mention. I started out by walking my local hills, then went on to rock climbing, mountaineering and skiing. Still doing it, and still getting a buzz. I'm now sharing the fun, through my guided walking business (Hillcraft Guided Walking) and by writing routes for other publishers, mainly Walking World and Discovery Walking Guides. Just to make sure I keep really busy, I am also currently a member of my local mountain rescue team.
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2 Responses to #180 – Arenig Fawr – Going to the dogs!

  1. She did well with the dog photos – most dogs are hard to get to keep still but it must be murder with several border collies.

    We did similar to that route but the other way around. Isn’t there a bothy somewhere on the side with the lake? I think we might have started the ascent up the South Summit and then carried on along the ridge before dropping down to the lake but it’s a few years ago now.
    Carol.

  2. Pingback: #223 – The Bothy – A very British institution | Paul Shorrock – One Man's Mountains AKA One Pillock's Hillocks

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