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Tryfan challenge part of festival

Posted 14 October 2010
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Tryfan challenge part of festival
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Lightweight walking boots may be the ideal footwear for those taking on a famous mountain scramble this week as part of the Snowdonia Walking Festival.

The event involves a climb of Tryfan via the North Ridge, with the website describing this as "at times exposed, the route requires a steady foot and at times hands as we make our way to the summit."

Along the way it will stop at the Cannon, an elongated sliver of rock with a significant drop beneath.

Climbing up Tryfan from any direction will involve some scrambling on its rocky, steep slopes, with the summit also featuring the daring challenge of a leap between two standing stones - known as Adam and Eve - with a precipitous drop on one side.

Ordnance Survey maps show Tryfan's height at 915 metres, which equates to 3,002 ft, but until this year it was suggested the figure may be inaccurate and the mountain could be less than 3,000 ft.

However, a survey in June using ultra-accurate GPS equipment by amateur experts John Barnard, Myrddyn Phillips and Graham Jackson revealed the top is actually 3,010 ft above sea level.

Posted by Brandon Egley