Solstice Bivvy

I’ve had a few weeks off the bike recently and with the recent summer solstice falling midweek during a decent spell of weather, it was a good excuse to get back out.

After finishing a work conference I made the 2 hour drive to the heart of Eryri (formally known as Snowdonia) where I would start my ride. The weather as I said was warm, it was 6pm and the temperature was around 75 degrees. A nice spell of weather but it soon became a sweaty ride! The first 3 miles were on a good double track which winds into the Ogwen valley which is surrounded by some fine mountains.

Then that’s where it got tough. There was a 1100 foot ascent to the summit of the mountain Pen yr Helgi Du and I knew it would be a walk all the way.

I was on the Salsa Bucksaw and my kit was in my backpack. The going was hard as the faint track made its way up the mountain side. I knew the effort would be rewarded with fine views so I had to dig in.

One hour and 20 minutes later I was on the summit and the views were sublime. I soon found a flat area to pitch and within a few more minutes I was sat down soaking in the scenery.

This was just what I needed after my lay off and it soon had me planning my future bikepacking trips.

The longest day passed by and it was time to enjoy the spectacular night sky from such a splendid location whilst sipping a few beers. A short sleep had me up to watch the sunrise at 4:45am.

Several coffee’s later I was ready to pack up and start the day by descending the 1100 foot back down the valley, and what a great descent it was! The it was the 3 miles back to the car and drive into work for 10am.

A short but rewarding 15 hour adventure.

Anyone else get out?

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Summittoppler, based on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, UK. With beach riding and mountains on my doorstep you could say I live in the perfect place for fat biking.