Showing posts from April, 2011

Summer has arrived!

Wow, what a day! It really feels like summer has arrived in North Wales (actually across the country too). The temperatures have been in the 20's deg C all day and the sun has been shining, I can tell by looking at the rather red skin on my back!

After a spot of vehicle maintenance Amy and I popped up to Garreg Bengam Bach, a small single pitch crag in the Arddu area near Tremadog. Its a lovely little crag in a beautiful setting. Don't be fooled though, the routes are steeper and more sustained than they look! Quite a few of the routes were wet today after the heavy rain of a few days ago. But I didn't mind, it was just nice to be out in the sun.

We did Zeigeist E1 5b and Kong VS 4c, both nice routes on near perfect rock which follow well protected crack-lines. Small cams are particularly useful on the former.

In a moment of weakness a couple of weeks back I signed up to do Ras y Moelwyn fell race next weekend. About 13Km and nearly 1000m of ascent. I'm excited and a li…

Costa Blanca

Last week I got back from a couple of weeks climbing in Costa Blanca. The plan was for the first week to be full-on hard climbing for John and myself. The second week was to be a week of catching up, socialising, and chilled out climbing with old friends from Warwick uni.

That's not quite how it worked out. After leaving a sunny Bristol for a wet Alicante we arrived at the Orange House in Finistrat (the best place to stay in Costa Blanca) in our battered Ford Focus hire car. We were greeted by plenty of friendly people and much red wine. The next morning we woke up a bit later than planned and slightly hungover, a pattern which was to be repeated for the next 12 days.
Due to wet weather we didn’t have the luxury of slowly getting into the swing of things. Conditions dictated a steep crag, we choose Sella Wild Side, a totally inspiring place. The first route of the trip was a runout 7b with a stopper move by the second bolt, needless to say we got spanked. Later in the day the wea…