Livingstone and I had a great afternoon on the Slate. I fannyed around Fools Gold before backing off. (This seems to be my boogie routes... I've fallen off it once and backed off it twice!) Livingstone then dispatched it in style and followed without issue, proving that I am indeed a fanny.
|Livingstone walking up Fools Gold in the sunshine.|
|Livingstone dispatching the dyno move on Beltane.|
|Red pointing blues...|
On Sunday Ollie and I headed to Tremadog in search of esoteric gems. I really enjoy the climbing at Tremadog mainly because I know how to climb there. After finding most Pant Ifan wet and not being man enough to get on Falcon we headed to Craig Y Castell, intent on staying 'til dark and in search of esoteric gems.
|Ollie on the enjoyable approach pitch to Pryderi/Pwyll|
|Myself low down on the main pitch of Pryderi|
|Ollie above the scary crux on Pwyll.|
|See between the trees: me leading Gestiana.|
We then drove to Llanberis and had a rowdy evening in the heights to celebrate Ballford's twenty third birthday.
Amazingly on Monday morning I didn't have a hangover so Mason and I headed to Craig Y Forwyn. We abseiled into the banned end of the crag. Al led off up the Snake (E2) dispatching it seemingly without issue. Seconding I realised three things: trad limestone E2 is hard, Mason is very, very good at rock climbing and the guy who owns Craig Y Forwyn is unbelievably selfish. It is a fantastic crag and it is a real shame that it is banned. However every cloud has a silver lining and at least it isn't as polished as Stoney Middleton!
|Al Mason leading pitch one of the Snake. Sangfroid Direct takes the groove to the left.|
|Al leading the technical second pitch of the Snake.|
Nikki and I are off to El Chorro for a week tomorrow. Hopefully we'll get loads of mileage in a come back fit and psyched for the trad season!