Pen Yr Ole Wen Climber's Log

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steved - May 8, 2019 3:09 am Date Climbed: Mar 26, 2019

From Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite  Sucess!

Descending via south ridge. Part of a route that included Pen Yr Helgi-Du, Carnedd Llewelyn, Yr Elen and Carnedd Dafydd


MikeLJ - Feb 2, 2019 7:57 am Date Climbed: May 4, 1991

From Carned Llewelyn  Sucess!

A good day with Jo.


AdamTurner - Jul 8, 2012 3:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2012

Rain all day!  Sucess!

A steep slog up the scree slope and then a steep slog down again!


markhallam - Feb 28, 2012 3:19 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 1971

Two ascents  Sucess!

First time was at a guess in summer 1971 - after a traverse of the Carnedds.
Second time - OMG - 30 years later after doing a rock-climb on the back of one of the Carnedds and then continuing along the ridge to Pen Yr Ole Wen - and then the long descent to Ogwen.


AndyWhaley - Aug 6, 2010 4:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Ogwen Cottage  Sucess!

An enjoyable climb from Ogwen Cottage. Went onto the Carnedds after.


Baarb - Aug 11, 2009 8:23 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2004

Wow!  Sucess!

Can't believe there's actually a page for this! Climbed this while heading for Carnedd Llywelyn though the weather turned bad and we headed back down figuring we'd do it another time when we'd get some views. Love this area, very much miss it!!!


JackCarr - Jun 28, 2009 7:07 am


Attempted to ascend this and take in Dafydd and Llewelyn too, but in terrible conditions and visibility on Dafydd had to ascend.

Big Benn

Big Benn - Feb 20, 2009 7:08 am Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2008

Easier Way Up  Sucess!

Went up from the Ogwen Valley via the easier east route, thus avoiding the very steep frontal route that makes most people curse like mad! Boggy in parts and some scrambling. Saw sod all on the summit or from the ridge onto Carnedd Llewellyn and back down as it was very bad day for weather. Still a very nice walk.


daveyboy - Oct 16, 2008 10:20 am Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

Lovely Clear Day  Sucess!

Done this summit from the Ogwen Valley then on across the ridge to the Dafydd and Llewelwyn. Returned via the ridge east of the great reservoir above the Ogwen Valley. Crystal clear weather with views for miles even as far the Lakes and Isle of Man...!
Nice for the weather to be like that as its a heck of a drive from Kent.


igneouscarl - Aug 31, 2008 6:44 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Killer on the knees  Sucess!

Climbed several times, the latest on way past Carnedd Dafydd on way down to the Ogwen Cottage (for a hamburger) and the descent is even worse on the knees than the way up. Then headed up the walkers ridge on Y Garn.


Andy_Hornung - Jul 18, 2008 12:38 pm

A few times  Sucess!

Most memorable ascent being as part of the Welsh 3000s when we were entertained by an inappropriately dressed young lady (open toes and heels with combat dress!)descending the entire slope to Ogwen on her backside, shouting at her hapless companion (husband presumably) all the way. I suspect he has never been allowed to forget that day out, if they ever spoke again afterwards.


DrJonnie - May 10, 2008 8:01 am Date Climbed: Oct 15, 1982

A misty day  Sucess!

The start of a short tour of the Carneddau with Colin, Ken, Andy and Andy's daughter. No views at all from the summit.


riven - Apr 20, 2008 11:12 am Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2007

Part of the 3000  Sucess!

Long day out!


mountainmanmark - Jan 21, 2008 6:43 am

Pen Yr Ole Wen  Sucess!

Having lived in North Wales I've climbed this a number of times including a couple of 14 peak round trips. This is the mountain that stands out for having the wettest day I have ever climbed in, severe thunder storms and I like the fact you are straight into the climb. Pinnacle Ridge is ok


Charles - Oct 15, 2007 8:26 am

Steep  Sucess!

Yes it´s a bugger!


Nanuls - Apr 26, 2007 5:12 am

Steep!  Sucess!

Climbed this as a much longer walk over Snowdonia, it looks like nothing on the map, but damn is it steep!

Nigel Lewis

Nigel Lewis - Apr 18, 2007 6:47 pm

Hell of a slog down aswell  Sucess!

Descended to Cwm Ogwen after a long day. That was hard on the legs too!



tphubbard - Feb 1, 2007 12:05 am

It always rains...  Sucess!

when I climb this hill for some reason. Still like it though.

Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey - Jul 20, 2006 10:00 am

now thats...  Sucess!

...a b*stard of a slog up from Ogwen


mountainmanjohn - May 12, 2006 12:54 am

Wet One  Sucess!

Did this from the carpark with Mark Rapley leading the way, then made a day of it, bagging many tops in the cloud, finishing the other end of Lyn Ogwen. The only thing was it rained as only Wales knows how.......all day. But for some reason it was still great!

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