We went up to explore Craigiau Cigfran above Penmaenmawr and try the highly acclaimed route Release The Hounds 7c which takes a stunningly steep arête line on perfect dolerite/micro granite.
|Release the Hounds takes the steep arete|
|Luke working the moves on Release the Hounds|
|Poor little Buzzard with broken leg|
Quickly, not wanting to delay getting getting the bird medical assistance I tied on for a quick red point attempt of Release the Hounds. Luckily under the pressure of a bird in distress all the moves slotting into place and I managed to swift redpoint. The rumours of the 'best 7c in Wales' may well be true, although it's a tad short; a three bolt long boulder problem in the sky. The moves are very good though. There is an equally good 6c The Hunt just to the right which makes a good warm up. Further along there are a number of good looking mid grade routes but sadly with the mentioned bird commitments we never got a chance to check them out.
Once back at the car, complete with dog and bird I phoned the RSPCA and they send someone out to pick-up the injured bird. Fingers crossed that it makes a full recovery.
|Buzzard on it's way to medical assistance|
|Final part of the journey avoiding the dog in the glove box|