North Wales DWS

Yet again I'v been pretty poor at updating the blog over the past month. So many good days out, its hard to know where to start.

One of highlights was defiantly deep water soloing a few weeks ago at Rhoscolyn. Dan Macmaus was keen to try a line up through the cave of Electric Blue. Unfortunately on this attempt we tried to traverse into the cave on the left wall and found it desperate and slimy. Dan returned to following week armed with the knowledge that the route starts from the right hand side of the cave and managed to onsight the new route! An amazing effort. See V12 outdoor news article and photos here.

Trying to traverse into the cave on the 'wrong' side. Slime central 

Dan and Sophie 

On the right hand side of the cave there is an aptly named route called Around the Horn E6 6a. It can also be deep water soloed, just! The 'horn' is a big fin of rock, the moves getting up into and and then behind it are amazing and totally wild, being a good height above the water at this point! After the horn there is a chimney which requires some rather scary back-and-footing for a few moves to reach a good hand jam and then a half way ledge. I jumped out halfway up this chimney, I wasn't too confident with my chimneying technique!

Dan getting 'behind the horn' on Around the Horn

Electric Blue
I finished the day by climbing Electric Blue E4 5c again. It was just as good and not as scary as the first time. Still, falling off from the top section is not an option. Luckily the holds get better and the angle eases towards the top.