Hiking Cadair Idris – First Solo Mountain Climb


2021 notes: This was my first attempt at a video (so pardon the shaky camera, wind noise and severe lack of safety/preparation!) but as my first solo mountain climb, and the first summit of my 2020 ‘Mountain a Month’ challenge, I wanted to document the experience as best I could at the time.
Glad to say my camera skills and hiking skills/experience have improved greatly since this was filmed.

I hope you enjoy and it inspires you to go out and explore. Please subscribe, and follow my adventures on Instagram at @graces__adventures โ™ฅ

My hiking kit list:

Osprey Daylite 13L:
Lowe Alpine 24L:
Osprey 2.5L water bladder:
Anker Power Bank (small):
Anker Power Bank (large):
Multi-charging lead:
Phone Tripod:
Wireless camera shutter:
DJI Osmo Action Camera:
Handheld Tripod:
Jetboil:
Hydroflask:
Berghaus Waterproof:
North Face gloves:
Mini first aid kit:
Headtorch:
Blister Plasters:
Fold out seat mat:
Hiking poles:
Hand warmers:



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40 comments

  • Wow – well done ๐Ÿ‘ . Yr very brave tackling Cadair in those conditions on your own for first walk – especially without a map!. Just subscribed to your channel, so will enjoy seeing your progress. Stay safe, Phil.๐Ÿ‘

  • Solo hiking is something I'm really getting into this year, I havent done any mountains or wild camps yet but watching your videos has given me a right confidence boost. Your journey through it all is really helping me prepare!

  • I hope you didn't give up and you managed your mountain a month. I also hope you realise how you might have killed yourself wandering around in the clouds without a map, compass or any idea where you were going. We've all done daft (or bloody stupid) things, the trick is not doing them twice.

  • She has amazing eyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

  • Iโ€™ve just started solo mountain climbing done most of the Peak District, but every time Iโ€™m on a trail /path im constantly wondering if Iโ€™m on the right path ๐Ÿ˜‚ been using Google maps so far and signal has been ok but my luck will run out with that , Iโ€™ve downloaded most maps for offline , but need to learn how to read a map but the thing with a map is itโ€™s just a picture and doesnโ€™t tell me where Iโ€™ve wondered too

  • Go for it, when I started climbing many years ago I couldn't believe the stunning views every where

  • Shame you had a low viz day, but great achievement anyway ! Love your style and positive attitude to the hills. Stay safe.

  • I only come across ur vids few days back , and I took up mountain walking last year may the high street I've never done it solo but my intention was to ,I won't and try to avoid bad weather ,very very brave especially on your own , but u have learnt so much trike and error ,I've tried map reading but it's difficult ,I plan all my walks before I go but I still make mistakes, one thing I know is never underestimate nature and the power of change in the weather ,but ur vids are boss

  • Going to watch all your videos from here and work my way up, can already tell how massively you have came on from this video to the snowdon and crib goch video! Great video, Enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”

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  • So brave doing that without a map . I canโ€™t navigate with map and compass either but Iโ€™d feel better having a map lol

  • Great vlog! I rode my bike up there yesterday! ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ

  • Great channel. Made the same mistake on the same mountain 13 years ago and ended up in Abergynolwyn hours later. Was 16 at the time and my mum was waiting for me and my friend in the Cadair car park. No phone service until we got to the town so obviously she assumed the worst ๐Ÿ˜…

  • Well done. Good video for beginners on Cader.
    Cader can be a tricky one. Lakes on either side can mess with your navigation and if the cloud is down then the lack of clears paths near the top can disorientating.
    However, you made it and fellow, hikers, bikers and runners (thatโ€™s me) will help, as in your case. Sometimes I feel people donโ€™t want to ask for directions, but itโ€™s vital and someone with good knowledge will get you down safely.
    I ran Cader a few weeks ago and me and my dog were dive bombed by a peregrine at the top of the Stone Chute, first time thatโ€™s ever happened!!!!

  • Well done !! Much harder on uour own I did Snowdon in 2018 up the Miners Path .. climbed up Cadaer Idris this week and took the Minffordd Path and around the circular route which was 6.8 miles in all !! Much harder than Snowdon i think ๐Ÿค”

  • Forget maps or gps tech – these things destroy natural navigation ability, spontaneity and the adventure's fun.

  • I think itโ€™s brilliant

  • Stupid. Get some navigation training before the MR have to risk their necks looking for you.

  • Really loving the videos, so have started from the beginning โ˜บ๏ธ xx

  • Well done. Good to see a warts and all video where you learn from your experiences.

  • Most of the time you are in the frame. Not showing the mountain enough. This video should be about the mountain not you.

  • I camp near that lake all the time, such a beautiful place. Your eyes are incredible ๐Ÿ˜

  • Great learning trip. I've always enjoyed map reading but it is so easy to get lost in the mist in a new walking area.

  • Hi Grace did you manage to achieve a mountain a month like you set out to do?

  • Omg you sound like me.
    Always have a map, whistle and compass.
    Work within your limits have fun.
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  • Always good to set yourself a focus challenge out of the comfort zone well done

  • Found your channel by accident today, your videos are great! I'm still working my way through some of them but if i could share some of my things they may help you. Subscribe to OS Maps on the app, ยฃ25 a year for downloadable maps and works with GPS. Yes to a battery bank for your phone! Find a local map reading course for your routes before you set off. Don't carry too much water, instead if there are streams (map reading course will help with that) buy a filter thing to reduce the weight you carry. But well done on doing Cader, it's gorgeous when not under a cloud so unless you have done so already find a nice day and do it again for sure!

  • wow the views , fantastic vid well done

  • My hat is off to you. Lots of courage there. Keep going!!!

  • So I grew up 5 minutes from cadair Idris in a village called corris and know it very well. I moved away from the area earlier this year and miss it terribly! I'm feeling very home sick now…

  • There is an old Polish saying: end of the tongue for a guide… As long as you find people and you talk to them you are fine. People often help, which you have proven well.
    As per maps they are priceless. Even print out from the net. Great views. Your hair got lovely curly fashion after a while, which made you super attractive (in my eyes at least). I would try limit depending on electric gadgets. Splendid effort! You learnt tones!

  • Just found your channel and this video. Climbed Cadair with friends same weekend every year for about 10 years – a long time ago now. Camped in the farmer's field (can't remember the name), then steeply up beside the stream, anti-clockwise round the lake, then steeply up the right-hand corner scramble. Turned right to the top, then straight on and gently down to the same stream again…It looks like you at least went UP the same way, if not down! Map and compass – essential skill, and so liberating! Hope you have lots more adventures…try the Lakes, if you haven't already!

  • Nice to hear honest open reflection. Good stuff.

  • Love Cadair as it's less popular than Snowdon, but as you crest and see the lake, it's beautiful. Hard climb, but well worth it. Good work

  • Well done, a good effort and very brave to post this showing the whole experience warts and all. Just going to reiterate what has been said previously about carrying a map. I notice from later videos that you've downloaded maps to your phone so you aren't relying on mobile signal but a map and compass are worth their weight in gold. If you are using the OS Maps service you can also print out maps of your route which is something I've been doing recently for trail runs, you can even mark the route on them and any points of interest, bearings etc. Enjoy the remainder of your hikes, only a few more months left of the year.

  • Water purification tablets and you can get water from the lake. Itโ€™s safe to drink in 30 minutes

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