The end of our fourth Mountain Month is upon us and the sun’s been out to finish it off in style.
We’ve had another great month, this time joined by Anne Rebecca and Carol. The course is always bespoke to the clients and this time it’s been a fairly even mix of mountain days with a Mountain Leader focus and rock climbing, whilst we’ve kept the Single Pitch Award scheme in the back of our mind, the main focus of the climbing has been to get lots of leading done.
Anne Rebecca and Carol have been navigating us around the hills, micro navigating their way up and over Moel Siabod, getting us safely across Crib Goch, walking on bearings over the Glyderau plateau, amongst many other days out on the hill.
On the climbing front they progressed from me leading them up climbs like Ordinary Route on Idwal Slabs, to them leading me up routes such as the mega classic Crackstone Rib and Skylon on Carreg Wastad. We have visited loads of great crags around North Wales, including the cliffs on Anglesey, Bwlch y Moch and Upper Tier at Tremadog, crags in Ogwen, crags in the Pass, the slate quarries, even sport climbing on the coast.
Both of them have now completed their SPA training so will now need to get out climbing as much as possible to consolidate their new skills with a view to working towards an assessment and all that’s left is the official ML training which takes place next week
They’ve both done really well and have been a pleasure to work with throughout the month! A big thank you goes out to the other instructors who have played a part in the month too – Terry, Mike and Anthony.
Moving into our third year of running this course, the next one we have running starts on the 29th February and we have already got one client signed up so there’s only on space remaining, get in touch for more info and take a look at our Facebook page for loads of photos of what we’ve been up to and have a look at the Instructor Training page for more info.
I managed to grab a few hours climbing this afternoon, we headed to Carreg Wastad due to the short walk in. Although it’s got some really good routes on it, it is generally a little loose in places.
Will had his eye on Old Holborn, a classic E1 5b of the crag. Will lead up the first pitch belaying in the Holly bushes and then I lead us up the short linking second pitch. Will then took the really good crux pitch that was pretty cheeky for the grade! I thought maybe E2, a mix of delicate grooves followed by “Monkey Swinging” through the roof! I lead the final pitch which is a slightly bold 5a, but the holds are pretty positive and much easier than the crux pitch.
After that we did the classic VS 4c, Shadow Wall. Although it’s pretty polished it’s still a brilliant route, which handily has some abseil tat at the top to speed up the decent. We saw some birds eggs too in a nest on top of a Holly Tree, any ideas what bird they’re from (pic below)?
As we left the crag there was a pair on the mega classic Severe, Crackstone Rib, a must do route of the Pass. If you fancy climbing this classic have a look at Rock Climbing Course page.