July 9, 2015
Harlech Peak is the lowest, and the least impressive in the group of Welsh Peaks. In fact, if not because it’s officially named I would not consider it as a separate summit. It’s merely a bump on the connecting ridge between Glamorgan Peak and Merioneth Peak and even those two aren’t nearly as significant comparing with the bigger peaks in this region. On the 4th day of our Welsh Lakes trip, Eric and Ben decided to sleep in but I had to give Harlech Peak a go since I was there already anyway. Obviously Mt. Alpha Centauri and Gwendoline Mountain were the two major objectives and Harlech Peak (and my next objective, Merioneth Peak) were just two of the bonuses.
Ironically I did the earliest ‘alpine start’ on this day for the two lowest peaks nearby… I woke up at 5:30 am, quickly broke camp (due to the insane mosquitoes), took some pictures of the Upper Welsh Lake and then I was on my way traversing towards Aberystwyth Lake. I tried to stay as close to our approach line as possible but still got confused at a few sections, especially towards the end where I went too close to Aberystwyth Lake and as a result I was punished by some unpleasant boulder hopping.
From the outflow of Aberystwyth Lake I kept traversing for another few hundred meters to the SE Ridge. There’s one steep step to overcome near the bottom of this ridge and then some moderate bushwhacking on this ridge but other than those it’s merely a hike. I ditched my backpack at the bottom of this ascent to speed things up. And in relatively short time I arrived at the summit.
Shortly after I was on my way towards the next objective, also the 7th peak in this trip, Merioneth Peak.