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Tryfan

English/Welsh

Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
Altitude
915 m (3001 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
SH66385940
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
Stature
n/a
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Routes
2
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Meaning
Three stones or three peaks
 

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

 Description
Tryfan (3000ft+) is a compact craggy mountain and its area is one of the smallest in the Snowdonia National Park (Wales). At 915m it , just scrapes in as a 3000-footer. It forms a single ridge, orientated NNE – SSW, which runs a mere 1.6 km from the E end of Llyn Ogwen to Bwlch Tryfan where it unites with Glyder Fach (994m). These statistics belie its magnificence and grandeur.

Tryfan completely dominates the scene as one approaches from the E on the A5 road, its skyline of triple summits above a wall of rock, quickening the pulse of all who come to walk or climb. The central top is the highest and is crowned with 2 matching pillar-like upended stones known as ‘Adam and Eve’. There is also a Far South Peak (850m) about 350m SSW of the summit.

The usual ascent route is up the N ridge, involving some scrambling; but it may also be climbed from Bwlch Tryfan via the S ridge. A third route, the ‘heather terrace’, follows a straight diagonal line across its W face on a rock ledge which is comfortably wide and without exposure and emerges on the S ridge at the col before the Far South Peak.

Hazards you may encounter on Tryfan include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
 
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
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Snowdonia
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Snowdonia
by Met Office
Glyder Fawr
by Metcheck
Tryfan Area Map
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 Routes that include Tryfan
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 535 m 3.06 km 1.5 hrs Tryfan  A steep ascent up the broken N ridge navigating between giant boulders and outcrops, and with some slightly exposed scrambling. The ‘Heather Terrace’ is a unique natural geological feature which could almost carry a road across the precipitous E face.  
2 850 m 7.41 km 3 hrs Glyder Fawr and Tryfan  Moderate route passing near crags, mostly on grass, fairly steep stony slopes and broad boulder-strewn ridges. ‘Bristly Ridge’ is a time-consuming scramble through many slabs of upended rock, but can be avoided on a track up the slope further east.  
 

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 Baggers Gallery for Tryfan

Me jumping from Adam to Eve to complete the tradition of "bagging" Tryfan. 12/05/08

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly

August 1964: my Dad and I in front of Adam and Eve 45 years ago when I was sweet sixteen! We climbed directly up the North slope in sandals without any spare clothing, food or drink. My first 3000-footer! (Is this the earliest bagger image on MM?)

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown

Adam & Eve mark the summit of Tryfan.

© Bob Walls

Image by Bob Walls
 
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