Summit Caching

The parallel blog to this is “Gillham’s way with Y Garn“, a wonderful walk in the Eifionydd region of Wales.

Whilst preparing the maps for walks I also factor-in any convenient caches there may be in the region and, after the Fellsman Recce and the Great Orme visits, I realise there are a great many “summit caches” around. Not surprisingly, therefore, I found several along our intended route, and a couple more in the valley from which we were starting.
Mountain tops actually make very good spots for hiding caches: they are generally rocky and most muggles concentrate on the very summit cairn or trig – or maybe the crag edges. An innocuous-looking slab of rock close to, but not at, the summit makes a very convenient GZ.
The cache I found recently on The Great Orme, Llandudno, was placed by a member of Summits On The Air. http://www.sota.org.uk/
This is an organisation of radio amateurs who link-up from the summits of mountains at pre-arranged times. These people store caches at many of these summits http://www.summitcaching.org.uk/SummitTables.php and there is now a league table of people who have visited the most.http://www.summitcaching.org.uk/LeagueTables.php
Neither of the summit caches we found on Mynydd drws-y-coed or Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd were placed by these people, but they do indicate their growing number.
GZ, Mynydd Drws-y-coed - click to enlarge
GZ, Mynydd Drws-y-coed - click to enlarge
The first of the two was tricky to find, as the description fitted a number of locations – but the weather was glorious and we had plenty of time.
Cache contents, Mynydd Drws-y-coed
Cache contents, Mynydd Drws-y-coed
The second was easy – under the aforementioned slab, but poorly protected from the elements and so, despite the container, the contents were wet-through.
GZ, Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd
GZ, Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd
Wet logbook, Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd
Wet logbook, Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd
The two in the valley – at the ruins of the old chapel of Drws-y-coed, and by the lakeside at Llyn y Dywarchen, were quick finds and full of interesting trackables. Of these the last was particularly memorable, coming at the end of a very long day, as the last light played on the lake and boathouse. Very peaceful and a fitting end to a wonderful day.
Llyn y Dywarchen
Llyn y Dywarchen

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