The previous weekend I was down in Norfolk at a family 'do'. I spent the weekend trying to avoid getting asked my two least favorite questions - "What do you want to do and have you been applying for any jobs?" - and coming up with a convincing answer when I did. "I don't" doesn't seam to rub with my relatives. I think I might start telling them I'm a tax lawyer or something equally mundane.
Unusually for the exam period the weather hadn't been playing ball. For most of May, instead of the usual, and immensely frustrating, wall-to-wall sunshine it rained. Even better as soon as exams ended the summer arrived. Nikki picked me up and we drove down to Mid Wales for a night in a B&B to celebrate the end of my academic career.
The next morning we got up early and headed to Craig Cowarch. This is a slightly dirty crag, home of the Classic Rock tick Wil-o-the-Whisp. Sadly Mid Wales was left out of the otherwise excellent North Wales Rock and with no modern guide book the place is seldom visited. This is a real shame as it is a truly stunning location and the climbing is pretty good too. Hopefully its' inclusion in the new Rockfax guide book, will mean more folk venture down there. We climbed Doom, a three star VS, which had been recommend to me. The climb was superb, four sustained, bold and really quite difficult pitches. Nikki did really well seconding it and by the top of the route had gotten her climbing mojo back. The once well worn descent path is now overgrown and quite spicy so we took the scenic route back to the bags. It was too hot to climb so we spent the rest of the day at the beach.
|Nikki walking up to Craig Cowarch|
|Pulling over the roof on Doom Pitch 2.|
|Looking sporting a strong route beneath the crag.|
|Luke nearing the top of Cloggy Corner.|
|Great Wall at Sunset - is there a better climbing expirence in the UK?|
|Not a bad view to wake up to!|
|Me leading West Buttress Eliminate pitch two.|
|George Ullrich nearing the top of Shaft of a Dead Man.|
|A beautiful excited by a beautiful crag.|
|Jimmy seconding Astra pitch 2.|
|Wicket W Warrick psyched to find the hidden finger jug at the top of Astra's crux.|
|Me towards the top of Saxon's crux crack.|
|Fingesr climbing the top pitch of Saxon.|
|Me on the Great Flake - climbing this in 1913 must have been mental!|