|From the first half of the Pony Trail|
We so want to be able to rationalise everything: this is like that; I like this because of that; I don’t like that because of this; and so on. We try to live our lives through the rational thinking of conceptual mind and this limits the infinite potential of our being. Direct experience does not need to be rationalised.
I love camping!
I didn’t like the Pony Trail. We thought it would be an easier path. While it is true that it is does not have the difficult steep steps of the Minffordd Path, or the near-vertical scree of the Foxes Path, it is a longer continuous slog. There are a lot of steps in the first half and I found the continuous steps more wearing than the strenuous, short, sharp section of steps on the Minffordd Path. The second half of the trail is mostly loose scree underfoot. It is not steep and sheer like the scree on the Foxes Path, but I found it hard work to walk on for such a long time. I missed seeing the lakes and the view was not so interesting from the scree section of the walk - though this may not be entirely accurate as there was a lot of low cloud when we were walking that obscured any view.
If we attempt the climb again I will go back to the Minffordd Path and risk my knees on the steps. At least there will be the beautiful and extraordinary Llyn Cau to look forward to after the rigours of the climb.