BSC2023: Moel Siabod walk (Sat 09:00)
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This is one of the events organised as part of Big Spring Camp 2023.
At 872m Moel Siabod just loses out on a place among the Welsh 3000's. However, its prominent position, standing away from the other main Snowdonia ranges, nevertheless gives it the feel of a "proper mountain". If you were going to draw a mountain you may well draw Moel Siabod!
Depending on the weather and the desires of the group we have a couple of options for our ascent. We can begin through a forest, or we could take a direct path straight up via deserted quarry buildings. Either way, we will ultimately find ourselves at the foot of an impressive ridge which offers walking or scrambling to the summit. Don't let the idea of scrambling put you off - this is a great place to try it for the first time as a few steps to the left will immediately find yourself back on two feet! that said, if it is wet or icy we will, of course, take the safer, walking option.
From the summit (where, if the weather is kind, the views are truly superb) we will descend the gentle slope toward Plas y Brenin.
***All photos taken by Mark House and used with permission***
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What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres in a water bottle, or better still, a hydration bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day Rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Waterproof bags: keep spare clothing, electronics and anything else dry even when your rucksack leaks by using Ziploc type food bags or, better still, outdoor activity waterproof bags
Boots: waterproof and breathable hiking boots with good ankle support
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters, and carry a spare, dry pair
Walking Poles: always optional, love them or hate them, but give them a try and decide for yourself
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry.
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain.
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Emergency equipment: the walk leader will bring any emergency equipment required for the group, but you are welcome to bring any that you have, such as additional high energy food, a survival bag, a whistle, a medical kit, a torch and something to make fire (either storm proof matches or a firelighter
Map and compass: the walk leader will have these, but if you like map reading or want to develop your skills, bring yours along
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies, and a spare battery/charger is a good idea
Food & drink
You will need a packed lunch, snacks and drinks for during the walk - you should ideally carry at least 2 litres of water.