Sunday, 20 October 2013

North Wales Climbing

With some spare time and in much need of a break I headed to North wales for a weeks climbing with Phil, we both had a pretty big ticklist so we were hoping the weather would be on our side. we headed on up early sunday morning driving most of the way in heavy rain, we arrived at 1pm and eager to climb headed straight to the pass, we jumped straight on the cromlech boulders and ticked some of the easier problems upto V4, we had a little play on a tough V8 and also looked at the Famous Jerry's roof V9 problem. after sometime of battling out we decided to head up to Dinas mot and run up diagonal, we headed up and I took the lead on the frst pitch, I arrived at the belay and the heavens opened, Phil followed on up and due to rain continuing we decided to descend the route.
Things didn't improve much for the next few days so the rest of the week was spent climbing on the slate, this being my first time on the slate it was quite an experience, it wasn't long before I realised Handholds were small and feet were not existent but after some time and a few shin whacks I started to get the hang of things, despite the weather we managed to get allot of routes ticked.
With there being a big storm on one of the days we even took on the famous HVS snakes & Ladders, the guidebook time for this is around 4-5hrs, myself and Phil solo run the route and manged to complete in 2hrs flat, of all the mountains, routes and adventures Ive had this is defiantly up there with the best of them, basically its a adventure of climbing chains, ladders, travelling through tunnels and abseiling into unknown large holes, (I would recommend this to anyone wanting some fun, and if experienced makes it a whole lot more fun in the rain.

We also managed to visit paressellars cave and try out some of the toughest boulder problems around, this place is not for the weak and it certainly shows you how weak and helpless you are, even the V7 routes here are allot tougher than back home, Both myself and Phil walked away hurting and a crushed ego.

even though the weather wasn't the best we still managed a good week away, Come to realise that when teamed up with Phil we always seem to get things climbed, hopefully I can persuade him to come back to the alps and attempt some of them harder lines...

The Cave

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