Seaside Bouldering

This weekend saw a very welcome but long awaited return of sunshine to North Wales. This coincided with a visit from Amy, we managed two great days out bouldering.

On Saturday after a leisurely brunch we nipped down to Criccieth for a little play on the traverse under the castle. I love this traverse, starts off very easy then gets gradually harder culminating in a strenuous sequence of moves to cross an overhanging section which would merit V5 on it's own. I think the whole traverse (about 50m of it!) is probably worth a sport grade of 7b+, it's a real pump fest!

Amy near the beginning

First tricky section 
Roof crux towards the end of the traverse 

The rock is great and continually interesting, often unhelpfully rounded. The wall is a fast drying sun trap however it does get dripped on from above after prolonged rain.

The seaside location has got a very holiday feel to it, top quality ice cream and coffee are only a 5min walk away, nice. Often the weather in Criccieth is a good deal better than in the mountains and it's quite a bit closer than Porth Ysgo.