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 sunshine swimming and boating on Llyn Padarn...happy days.
|Enjoying the sun in our garden...Costa del Brynrefail!|
|Llyn Padarn Morning Swim|
|Second Pitch of November E3 5c - checkout the number of rucksacks at the base!|
|Duncan on the Axe E4 6a|
|Topping out the Axe|
|Team morning swim|
|Paddling home to Brynrefail|