After the road crossing (and the only water stop - there were also gels, but I didn't think I needed one as
we'd only be going 7.5miles at that point) the trail became much rougher and started climbing in more earnest. A few gates certainly interrupted your stride and slowed you down, but I found it quite hard to judge foot placement on the loose slate. Dione seemed at ease on this terrain and passed me about half a mile from the crossing, but didn't seem to be moving away too quickly.
|Picture taken by Gwynfor James|
I made a couple of slight path misjudgements here - at one point I was so looking at my feet so carefully as I picked my way across piles of loose slate that I headed slight too far to one side, and at another point, the trail seemd to be so narrow between a fence and a drop into a small tarn that I thought we must have to run the other side of the fence. I stopped to cross the fence and spiked my hand on the top row of barbed wire, only to notice the trail did become clearer and there was no need to cross it at all!!
|Good to see what the summit should look like|
|At the top with Shona|