Extreme Sushi

At a tad under 3000 ft, Aran Fawddwy is the highest British mountain south of Snowdon, but it’s relatively unknown because of its isolation. It’s also, from my point of view anyway, a bit of a pig! The walk begins and ends in the valley of Cwm Cywarch so there’s no leg-up; you have to gain every inch of that height through your own efforts.

The first stretch is a scramble over rock and streams.















You look back and reap the first rewards of your hard work,













but it’s only a brief respite before slogging on through very wet and boggy ground. There’s another scramble and then, some two and half hours after you’ve started, you reach the summit – and it’s shrouded in cloud.

Find some shelter and reward yourself with sushi and a Mars bar.
You descend out of the cloud base which is just as well as there’s a narrow ridge to cross with dramatic drops either side. As the clouds drift the sights take your breath away and make you feel utterly alive.

Comments

Fennie said…
Thanks for dropping by. Indeed, we both have been having adventures but yours was much bigger than mine. Where is this mountain? I've never heard of it.

All the same I was higher up than you were (I imagine) simply because 'Le Massif Cantalien' is so high to begin with (otherwise the rivers would never get to the sea but just simply run round in circles).

Still your climb was further upwards than mine and your poor legs have taken punishment far beyond the call of duty in recent days. In fact it's a bit of a wonder they don't simply fall off.

As for leaping on a horse - I only wish I could - I fear these days that I would have to be winched up like one of those armour-suited monsters of old. I do believe though that I could leap on a donkey which, if I remember rightly, was Stevenson's favourite form of travel and a suitable beast for carrying you up mountains.

All the same, I think I would rather share the donkey's oats than face raw fish with my head stuck in the clouds, if ever I reached the summit. Raw fish and long distance running must come equal first in my anathema stakes.
You do push yourself - don't you?
I think I'll take my pleasures sitting down, thank you.
P.S. No, Rufus still can't be left anywhere without him freaking out. We shall have to start a programme of training for him.
Pondside said…
Hi Chris - I enlarged that first photo and nearly had an attack of vertigo (perhaps a bit of hyperbole here, but it was a shock!) What a gorgeous walk you had. Can I go sometime? I don't know about your hiking food though....very Fusion!
her at home said…
Sounds ideal to me long climb followed by Susi with a view count me in next tiem!
muddyboots said…
Phew, l am exhausted now, so glad Holderness is flat. LOL.
Debs said…
Two and a half hours?!? Blimey,I'd need more than a Mars bar, probably a stretcher.

Although, I have to admit, it does look beautiful.
elizabethm said…
Fabulous climb but I would fall over at the top if faced with sushi. What about cheese and pickle sandwiches or even pork pie?
mountainear said…
Well done, that's some climb. I'm afraid I sit back and just look at mountains while consuming any available food at base camp.
Frances said…
Chris, you are truly amazing. Didn't you just fun a marathon?

(While I was on an errand in midtown today, I saw many folks whose trim physiques indicated that they would be running in the NYC marathon this weekend. At least, I think it's this Sunday ... am I out of touch or what.)

It was fun to try to imagine which country they were from before I heard them speak a word.

There are all sorts of bleachers set up in the southern end of Central Park where the finish line will appear.

Perhaps one year you might come over and do this run? I'd definitely take the day off to cheer you on!

xo
Lori said…
What gorgeous scenery! And sushi, sushi, I want sushi.
gaelikaa said…
Love the photo! You and Tom?
Arrgghhhh heights, a sheer drop on both sides AND sushi - well good for you flower, I'm shuddering at the very thought of each one and would shut myself in the understairs cupboard at the mere suggestion of all three at the same time.
Cottage Garden said…
3000 ft!! I would need oxygen, a stretcher and some good old Dutch courage to get me up there - Mars bar and shushi indeed!! Stupendous photos. Well done Chris!

Jeanne x
Preseli Mags said…
Your poor legs! You're a tough woman and tres posh - summit sushi? Mars bars, yes. But I normally get squished cheese sarnies if I'm lucky. I much prefer your idea of a picnic!
Brown Dog said…
Extreme sushi, indeed! I imagine you and Tom tucking in to one of those glamorous tin tiffin carriers, possibly administered by a sherpa just out of camera shot.

I love your pictures and descriptions of a real Welsh mountain walk, and you both look glowing images of health and achievement up there on the summit. I think the scramble over rock and streams and the boggy trudge would probably finish me off even before I got to the low cloud.
Flowerpot said…
WOW!!! Wish I could do that one too...
ChrisH said…
Thanks very much to you all for taking the time to leave a comment. I'm really sorry I haven't replied to you individually but I'm right up against it this week.
Edward said…
Sushi and Mars bars? I'm sorry, but that's just plain weird. Great photos, though.
Sallys Chateau said…
A truly invigorating walk, must blow up the pic like Pondside (if I dare)
Calico Kate said…
Stunning scenery ~ but sushi and a mars bar??? very odd combo!
CKx
Sharon Whitley said…
did this yesterday - and it was (almost) cloud free - so that was a first - fabulous place, not done it from Cwm Cywarth but will do next time! Not sure about the sushi on a mountain, I'll stick to the egg butties!

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