Showing posts from July, 2013

Costa del Llanberis!

The heatwave which has has been sitting across the UK has been amazing, Llanberis and Llyn Padarn have felt more like the Costa del Sol! At times like these there is no better place to be than home in North Wales.

Filling our house with lovely psyched friends at the weekends has not been difficult! Last Saturday after a team morning swim in Llyn Padarn we braved the heat to mission it up to Cloggy for an ascent of November E3 5c and the Axe E4 6a. I've wanted to do the Axe for as long as I can remember, and unlike many uber classic routes which get built up in my head the Axe did not disappoint. I think it's one of the coolest trad climbs I've ever done (apart from maybe King Wad), however being up at Cloggy makes it extra special. Quite a few of the holds lower down on the Axe are a bit hollow sounding and there are a couple of spicy little run outs and balancey moves which add to the excitement!

On Sunday it was so warm we all decided to have a chilled day enjoying the s…

Gorge du Tarn and a Stranded Belgium Police Man!

Trying to make the most of a week off work Amy had we planned a trip to Gorge du Tarn in France, I was keen for Amy to experience the great climbing and the idyllic setting of the Tarn. It did seem a bit of a shame to be going away during the best spell of weather for many years in the UK! However experiencing France and new crags is always fun.
The drive down through France was very enjoyable. As usual when in the van we took it easy and completed the drive over two days. Using my new All the Aires guidebook I got hold of, we found some great motor-home aires to stay at. I very much recommend this book to anyone driving around France (they also do a version for Belgium, Spain and the Alps), it's great for peace of mind to know that after a long drive you can rock up at a safe place, often in a nice little village and more often than not free, with water top-ups on tap. Choosing an Aire in the guide book is a bit like window shopping, they all have photos, descriptions and GPS …

Digging Graves and Stating Youth!

I can't believe that almost a month has past since I got back from France. My return coincided with almost two weeks of amazing weather in North Wales, it was just as hot here as it was in the south of France! With my climbing desires temporarily quenched I quite enjoyed sitting back and enjoying the sunshine, catching up with friends, work, BBQ'ing, swimming and getting some veg planted in the garden. I was reminded (as I am every year) that when the sun in shining there is no better place to be than home in North Wales.

But I could't sit still for long, with all the mountain crags dry it was too good an opportunity to pass by. Still feeling pretty fit from two weeks of sport climbing Luke and I were keen to have a go at Pretty Girls Make Graves. A well known, well protected E6 in Cwm Glas Bach in Llanberis Pass. We both failed on the onsight attempt, we managed the route ground up second go with the gear still in place. This made it (almost!) feel like sport climbing (ma…