|The assembled cast of heroes and choppers on Lligwy beach.|
On Sunday the clocks went forward (Hurray!) and I went cragging in the Pass with Mark Reeves who I'd bumped into a few times before but had never climbed with. I wasn't too fussed about what we climbed but mentioned I hadn't done Overlapping Wall, so we headed to the Wastad.
|Mark Reeves on the first pitch of Overlapping Wall.|
|Me pulling through the crux on Overlapping Wall. Photo: Mark Reeves.|
Next came Elidor which Mark recommended as more of the same. Again I got the crux pitch, which involved another pull over an overlap on funky holds, perhaps not quite as tricky as Overlapping Wall.
Old Holborn next the first route I ever did as a Bangor Student. I can vividly remember struggling through the crux, an innocent fresher, desperate to impress and Burdy in his blue Ron Hills seconding up still pissed. Mark's never done it. I lead the first pitch, which goes well until I get lost. A few minutes of faffing and I'm back on track and at the belay. Mark cruises the pitch and soon it's my turn I cock up the crux and end up swinging on the rope. The top pitch is tricky, more bold 5a rather than the straightforward 4c the guide suggests, thankfully it doesn't require too much thought. I'm keen for a route on the Mot to hide from the heat, but Mark's feet are killing so we call it a day.
Nikki is on nights this week and decides that climbing is more fun than sleeping so we headed to Ogwen to enjoy the sunshine. We swung leads up the super classic Grooved Arete on Tryfan, which was brilliant and lived up to the hype. The Knight's Move pitch is especially good. At the top we leaped from Adam and Eve before heading back to the car.
|The East Face of Tryfan|
|Nikki leading Grooved Arete.|
|Nikki high up on the route.|
|Nikki, Adam and Eve.|
|Mum and Ian on Wrinkle.|
|Lliwedd - Dark and Gloomy|
|Nikki climbing towards the sunshine.|
|Cloggy in the early morning light.|
|Mark Freestone seconding the Drainpipe Crack.|
|Mark leading Jelly Roll Pitch 2 with the Indian Face only metres away.|
|Mark leading Jelly Roll Pitch 2.|
|Konrad Doyle leading the Drainpipe Crack.|