Running - Offroad long (Paddy Buckley L1 Recce) 7:11:00  36.72 km (11:44 / km) +2465m 8:47 / km
ahr:113 max:143 shoes: S/LAB Ultra 2
Been wanting to do this for a while but it needed a car at the start and the end, and there's surprisingly few people who fancy a 7 hour run.
16 peaks on this one although the three in the middle somewhere, two of which are unnamed on the OS map, are within a few hundred metres of each other. The BG this ain't.
Fairly obvious up to Carnedd Moel Siabod, wouldn't make any changes there. Coming off it looked like NW for a bit longer before W down to the stile would avoid some of the rocks.
Nice ridge all the way to Bwlch Clorad, only issue was there was remembering it was a summit. Then just fence line (lot of that on this leg) to Carnedd y Cribau.
At Clogwyn Pwll Budr there was a steep downclimb which Rob wanted to find a way to avoid so he went way off W; it actually looks like W just to the first re-entrant (about 30m) then down and back to the fence would be sufficient.
Cerrig Cochion was the only real mess we made - I'd tried to follow the Kim Collinson (record) time from his tracker, but I don't know if it lost signal here or something but it left the fence line and went up and down a load of thick heather and steep entirely unnecessary slopes - and hence, so did we. Sticking to the fence line here would've been better no matter what it was like.
More sensible choice to Moel Meirch although we could've stayed on the fence even longer and just cut out and back at the last minute.
Next summit Ysgafell Wen and then one that's not named on the map but seems to take the name of the tarn, so Mynyyd Llynau'r Cwn, straightforward and close together. #8 was the only English named summit on the round 'Three Tops', which it did sort of have. Could cut the corner to that one.
Then Moel Druman and Allt-Fawr were straightforward too, we went North of the Northern tarn on the KC line again but I couldn't see any real reason for not going in between them. Coming off it though, we were way too S - best to go right up to and across the tarn on the ridge, then it's grassy from there.
Nice descent all the way down to the quarries but a steep climb up to Foel Ddu. Moel-yr-hydd very close by. Then a rocky contour (on an actual path!) to the col before steep out and back to Moelwyn Bach. Steepest climb of the day up Craigysgafn but then Moelwyn Mawr actually felt like a proper summit with a big cairn, and Other People (so far largely lacking in the beautiful BH sunshine).
Down to Llyn Croesor it would've been better to stay on the fence line for longer until the T of Tips on the OS and then go N - less rocky slope, less steep and less bog at the bottom making the sightly longer distance worth it. Through the sheepfold seemed a good line to the track, then NW across to the path and down to the dam.
Climb to Cnicht was tough at the end of the day - first ridge asap (we contoured for too long then had to climb steeply) then up the fence to the corner, then diagonally up for as long as possible (we climbed a bit soon I think) and straight to the ridge as soon as there's a grassy bit through the scree, then ridgeline to summit.
Worst part was probably coming off Cnicht to the SW. Don't think there's many choices but the top bit is very slow. At the one path junc there is, one went right of the ridge and the other went left. We went right which was dire. I'd go left in future (SE). Some grassy options to the right a bit lower down.
Then a lovely grassy descent turning into track turning into road. Overall a fun leg. Some boggy bits but not deserving of N's characterisation of it as 'the boggy leg'.
I'll add my split times in at some point. Any PB attempt feels like it's going to be close to 24h though, it's much harder than the BG.
It was hot today. Drank nearly 3L and it was good training carrying that much.
(CP to outdoor centre) 04:40
Carnedd Moel Siabod 49:00
Clogwyn Bwlch-y-maen 18:12
Carnedd y Cribau 9:54
Cerrig Cochion 47:22
Moel Meirch 14:11
Ysgafell Wen 26:55
Mynydd Llynnau'r Cwn 3:51
Three Tops 6:59
Moel Druman 9:17
Foel Ddu 36:36
Moelwyn Bach 25:23
Moelwyn Mawr 14:09