Readers of Trail magazine have recently voted Tryfan as their favourite mountain. As well as presenting a striking profile when approached from the East and offering a classic scramble up its North Ridge, ease of access will probably have pushed it to the top of many Trail readers lists.
Watching the rising sun paint Tryfan’s East face in warm, golden colours from the vantage point of a bivvy near Llyn Caseg-fraith, is one of my favourite mountain memories. Photo © Nigel Braggins.
There was also a memorable climb of the 2** classic Pinnacle Rib route (535 ft, 6 pitches, Diff) on Central Buttress – climbed in big boots, whilst training for the Matterhorn with good friend and British Mountain Guide, Steve Boydon. It was midsummer’s day and we topped out in steadily falling snow. We had the summit to ourselves as we savoured our sarnies at our privileged top table.
Other enjoyable forays on and around Tryfan include numerous climbing and camping micro-adventures with my children and brother, often in variable conditions.
I think my favourite mountain will always be the next one, but I certainly understand why Tryfan is such a popular choice for many of Trail‘s readers.
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