Stuff Report – 18 July 2013

Today started with a good breakfast, then a drive to Llanberis, where we had a ride on the Llanberis Lake Railway, followed by a visit to the National Slate Museum. That took us up to early afternoon and our booking on the 2:30 train on the Snowdon Mountain Railway. You might recall that we tried this last year and the year before, and that on both occasions visibility was effectively nil at the summit. Could it be third time lucky?

Well, amazingly, it was. This is me at the summit[1]

On Snowdon

On Snowdon

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 40.7mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 18 July, 2013
Location: 53° 4.1074′ 0″ N 4° 4.5839′ 0″ W

The view was quite impressive:

View from the summit

View from the summit

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 18 July, 2013
Location: 53° 4.1074′ 0″ N 4° 4.5839′ 0″ W

More photos when I’m back in front of a larger screen, and can make a better selection job.

After half an hour, we had to get back on the train to return to ground level, and from there we headed back to Llangollen. After a short freshen up break, we went to the Bridge End Hotel for a light meal and a drink or two – nice place, huge selection of food, some interesting beer, and friendly service. After that, we returned to our hotel and had another drink or two on the decking overlooking the River Dee.

More fun tomorrow, which may involve a canal…

 

[1] OK, pedant point – the actual summit is at the top of the rocks I’m standing in front of. My knees and sense of balance told me that the only slightly scary steps up there were not a good idea, and I couldn’t persuade them otherwise. My brother had no trouble, and did get to the crowded summit.