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Musician was ‘doing what he loved’ when he died, says devastated partner

A musician who was found dead after failing to return from a walk has been described as “an incredible person” who “was always looking for the next adventure”.

Iwan Pritchard Huws, 34, was found dead on Monday morning after he failed to return from a walk in Snowdonia on Sunday.

His partner Elin Gwyn said he had a love for the outdoors and was “deeply passionate” about Snowdonia .

The 28-year-old told the Daily Post she had a “wonderful life” with Mr Huws, from Clogwyn Melyn, Dyffryn Nantlle , who was a drummer with Welsh rock band Yucatan.

Mr Huws was ‘always looking for the next adventure’, said Ms Gwyn
(Image: Daily Post)

She said: “Iwan’s life was the best part of mine.

“We were together for almost six years. We met at a Race Horses gig in Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda.

“Almost immediately after we met, my friend Gwen and I left to go inter-railing around Eastern Europe for a month.

“During that time, Yucatan had a small tour in Poland and so we travelled to Poznan to be with them.”

Ms Gwyn said she and Mr Huws were “inseparable” from that point onwards, and spent a year travelling the world together.

“We spent a month in Scandinavia in our camper van, which Iwan had converted himself,” she said.

“We drove all over the USA before backpacking in South America – Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, including Patagonia, and Brazil.

“We backpacked in south east Asia – Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos – before travelling up Australia’s east coast in a camper van, and New Zealand’s north and south islands.”

Iwan Pritchard Huws and Elin Gwyn
(Image: Daily Post)

Ms Gwyn said Mr Huws described the summer of 2016, when he followed the Wales football team in France during their Euro 2016 campaign, as “the best time of his life”.

She said: “We continued to travel as much as we could once we were both working full time. In May we spent three incredible weeks in Japan.”

Mr Huws ran his own building design company and Ms Gwyn works with TV company Cwmni Da.

‘When I lost my father a couple of years ago, Iwan was a rock to my whole family. We could all depend on him’

She said: “We would go to quite a few festivals every summer, often with his brother Rhodri and his partner Lowri.

“We enjoyed going for long walks and watching films and drama series together.

“For the last year and a half, we have been living together in Rhosgadfan with our dog Macsen.

“Iwan and his father Islwyn did all the work on the house themselves. Iwan could turn his hand to anything.

“Iwan has an incredible family, and we both enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them.

“They’ve been brilliant supporting me through all this. Iwan was such a loving uncle to Megan Eleri and Ifan Dafydd.

“When I lost my father a couple of years ago, Iwan was a rock to my whole family. We could all depend on him.

“We had a wonderful life together and I’ll never get over how quickly it ended.”

‘Iwan was an incredible person, a musician and an adventurer that had travelled the world’

More than 40 volunteers from seven mountain rescue teams were involved in the search for Mr Huws in atrocious weather conditions, and an investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding his death.

Ms Gwyn and Mr Huws’ family are raising money in his memory, which will go towards Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue.

She said: “The team’s efforts as they searched for Iwan was inspirational and, although the result wasn’t what we had hoped for, as a family we are very grateful for their dedication.

“Iwan was an incredible person, a musician and an adventurer that had travelled the world.

“He hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the Annapurna Trek in the Himalayas, and he cycled from Amsterdam to Basel with a tent on his back. He was always looking for the next adventure.

“It’s a heavy blow to lose him on his favourite mountain in Snowdonia, doing what he loved.

“Iwan greatly admired the mountain rescue volunteers and had hoped to join them once he’d completed his mountain leader training.

“Every single one of them are heroes. Please give generously in memory of Iwan, who loved the outdoors and was deeply passionate about Snowdonia and its mountains.”

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