Showing posts from May, 2014

Birthday Bank Holiday Weekend: In between the rain

Thanks a lot to everyone who came along to my birthday party this weekend stayed with us over the bank holiday weekend. Having a Spanish theme obviously meant that the weekend would be a wet one! However we did manage to get out climbing on slate, indoors and Indy Climbing Wal, two sessions at LPT and have an garden BBQ on Sunday night, not bad!

We also went swimming in Llyn Padarn each morning which has warmed up a fair bit this last week. Peggy our friends gorgeous black Labrador dog was very keen to join us in the water!

Here are a few photos from the weekend:

Morocco Taghia - Part 2: The Climbing!

Walking up to Taghia it's impossible not to be inspired (and slightly intimidated) by the big limestone walls rising steeply up from water worn gorges behind the village. I couldn't wait to start climbing.
I was very impressed with the consistently high quality of the climbing on almost all the routes I climbed in Taghia. Usually when climbing long routes in the mountains it's accepted that the quality of the rock and climbing will be less then on our favourite single pitch crag, I was presently surprised that this was not the case in Taghia; I would not hesitate to describe the routes I did in Taghia as some of the best single pitches of climbing I've ever done stacked on top of each other to make pitch-after-pitch of great climbing. The style in Taghia is often wall climbing on crimps but there are also some tufa sections and plenty of slabs and roofs to mix things up. 

Here are the notes I made on each route together with topo link and photos, hopefully these will b…

Morocco Taghia - Part 1: Travel, People and Landscape

I've just returned from a trip to Taghia in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. This was a trip I had been looking forward to for a long time. Not just because I'd heard stories of a stunning 800m big wall limestone climbing oasis but also for the experience of travelling to Morocco. This has been the first time I've travelled outside of Europe, and even though Morocco is only a short hop from Spain the experience is very different.
We started the trip by flying into Marrakesh. Our first point of call was the market in the central square to purchase supplies of dried fruit and nuts to take with us to Taghia. 'Hectic chaos' I think are the words that best describe the market in the central square. There was no shortage of stalls selling all sorts of food and drink items from meat to snails, freshly squeezed orange juice, spicy tea as well as many crafts items. Luckily the price of food items seemed to be the only thing that you don't have to barter for. Everything t…