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Lion Rock - end of the summer

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After completing the traverse of the quarries (see previous post) there was still some daylight left so we nipped down to Lion rock at the end of Llyn Padarn. Where Amy completed her first trad lead. It was great chilling out in the late summer sunshine. It was also a bit sad as it was my last day out of the summer, as the next day I was travelling back to university in the Midlands. Therefore this blog post will be the last for a while...you never know I might blog about something exciting to do with Electronic Engineering! My 4th year project is on renewable wave power energy which im pretty psyched for.


Snakes and Ladders (and tunnels)

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The other day I took Trystan and my girlfriend Amy on a traverse of the slate quarries. I did the traverse called Snakes and Ladders which was described in Climb/Climber magazine in June/July, I think it was written by Peat Robbins. I have been to most of the climbing areas in the quarries before but had never linked them in one go. If you are not familiar with the various areas mentioned then all is explained in the North Wales Slate guide book (which is unfortunately out of print!). Ground Up should be putting the finishing touches to the new guide as we speak. Although I have heard it has been delayed due to continued new development and access issues.
Although no particularly hard climbing is involved in the traverse it is arguably more dangerous than climbing! The climbing mag article gave the route a grade of HVS (experience) which seems about right given the objective dangers. We roped up and belayed each other up/down certain sections. Here is a brief description of the route…