An enjoyable weekend. Snow in Wales! A little soggy maybe but definitely there and climbable. Gwin (Trip Owner) and Ian headed for Cwm Clyd on Saturday morning. This has straight forward access from Ogwen Cottage keeping north of the East Ridge of Y Garn and following the line of the stream that runs down into Llyn Idwal.. A wide bowl surrounding Llyn Clyd gives 4 main routes of about 250m in length – the NE Spur Grade 3 and A, B, C and D (Banana) Gullies at Grades 1/2.
All good introductory climbs, (although prone to dry slab avalanche after heavy snowfall and W & SW winds – the guide book states) , The intrepid pair dispatched B Gully free after a lunchtime chat with two climbers who were busy putting a rope away after deciding not to do Banana Gully ( probably softies from some southern climbing club! ). Options for descent are either by the Devils Kitchen or over the summit of Y Garn and down the NE Ridge. The pair opted for the later as the quicker and having responsibility for the evening meal of Beef (with horse) Lasagne and Apple Crumble with Custard.
TOP TIP from TRIP – Don’t buy wood from Welsh Garages – it’s damp and won’t burn!
John I and others did stuff like Parsley Fern Gully in Cym Glas Mawr and Steve J and Jeremy D and Co did the Nantile Ridge on the Saturday. On the Sunday John tried the Trinity Gullies on Snowdon but found them out of condition. Not sure what the others did – It was very soggy!)
…..Well, all things considered and from what I hear the UK is having a fairly bleak summer or rain, storms and more rain….
With this in mind and fingers crossed that forecasted rain and misery wouldn’t hit the south of Paris Paul’s car headed down to the Chunnel with Katy, Rob and me on board. Continue reading “Fontainbleau, June 2012 – Ed Lamb”
The club trip for the early May bank holiday was planned for Pembroke but due to the poor forecast a switch was made to go to the Peak District instead.
The turnout was poor with only Paul Highams, Rob Munday and Ben Knudson attending, however what we lacked in numbers we made up for in achievement. Continue reading “Peak District Trip May 2012 – Paul Highams”
Crashing waves, sea gulls, sun and solitude. Hands on lovely rough granite, interesting eroded features, good gear and abseils. Everyone has to sample the joys of Cornish climbing at least once! Continue reading “Cornwall Trip April 2012 – Dave Mahon”
With everyone coming and going we have two accounts of the trip. Continue reading “Portland Trip – March 2012”
Yet another great trip to Snowdonia staying at the Tyn-Lon hut. We had 15 people on the trip who each day scattered in different directions to enjoy the delight of North Wales. I’ll keep the write-up brief and let the pictures tell the story.
Continue reading “North Wales Trip – Feb 2012”
My much needed kit:
- Sleeping Bag
- Potato Peeler
- Chopping Board
- Food and water
The area was easy to navigate, so a map and compass was not needed. (Good job really, as Steve had gone off with mine!)
THE STORY OF MY ADVENTUROUS DAY:
The challenge of potato mountain……
Continue reading “A Day in the Vegetable Mountain Range”
Welcome to the Icehouse
Accommodation on the January Lakes trip was spartan to say the least but with well below freezing night time temperatures and somewhat inadequate heating it was borne stoically by those who went. The proximity of the pub, (almost next door), was a godsend and the food wasn’t bad either! But if it’s all about the location then this was still a good choice for access to the Scafell and Gable ranges at the head of Borrowdale. Continue reading “Lake District Trip – Jan 2012”
John Mitchener and I decided that we should make the most of the mild November, so on Sunday 6th we set off for a day trip to Portland. We met at Bessells Green at 7am and by 9:40 were sitting in a cafe on Weymouth seafront, having a full english breakfast as the Sun glinted across the bay. Things were looking good.
Continue reading “Day Trip to Portland – Paul Highams”
With a cold but sunny day forecast Paul Highams, Mark Hazell, Ed Lamb and I made a leisurely 8am start to arrive at Blacknor North at about 11am. John Mitchener, Oliver Hill, Adrian Paisey and Zara Bloomfield arrived at the same time and Ian Bryant and Cat Hendrie were already on the rock. Continue reading “Club Trip to Portland (March 2011) – Justin Sharpe”