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Print Title : Tryfan East Face
Catalogue No. : SN017-P
Image Size : 780 x 260 mm
Print Size : 920 x 432 mm
Media : Fotospeed Metallic Gloss 275 gsm
Ink : Epson Ultrachrome Lightfast
Tryfan East Face
The east face of Tryfan from the adjacent ridge of Braich y Ddeugwm.
The east face of Tryfan is probably one of the most recognisable mountain images in Snowdonia; it fascinated me from the day that I first saw it on a mountain walk around Llyn Idwal. It is a rock climbers’ playground, a superb assemblage of buttress and gully which can be explored in some detail if one follows the obvious traverse line across the face known as Heather Terrace.
I had decided that I wanted to capture a much more detailed image of the face than those which were readily available from the roadside near Helyg. The obvious viewpoint was going to be somewhere on the adjacent ridge of Braich y Ddeugwm across the other side of Cwm Tryfan. However, the only path shown on the Ordnance Survey was through Cwm Tryfan; it appeared to be indistinct and following this would require me to cross the Nant Gwern y Gof stream of which I had no knowledge. The only alternative that I was left with was therefore to find a way out of Gwen Gof Isaf farm and make my way up Braich y Ddeugwm directly.
There was no path underfoot at all, so I just followed the obvious way up, avoiding any crags or boggy ground. I had just started using the Canon EOS 1Ds digital camera, so the load I was carrying was much lighter than I had been used to so I made good progress up the ridge. I found my ‘perfect location’ about half way up and set up the camera there. The light was excellent, low and directional as it always was early in the morning on a spring day.
The final panorama I obtained is made of five images and covers the view from Bristly Ridge on Glyder Fach all the way across the valley to Pen-yr-oleu-wen on the Carneddau.