Marin Trail

By , March 18, 2009 5:42 pm

The Marin Trail, Conwy valley centring around the Gwydr forest (North Wales), my favourite MTB route ever      

Rocky Ribs

By , March 15, 2009 4:42 pm

Today was dryer, clearer and busier!  Instead of climbing one of the busy classic lines we avoid the crowds by going up a rocky rib that separates two of the gullies.   We’d talked about doing Mirror Direct (a grade 4 ice route) but I’d stupidly left my axes in the car so that wasn’t an option, I almost cried when I realised what […]

The Runnel

By , March 14, 2009 1:22 pm

Walking into Sneachda this morning was a miserable experience, it was warm, windy, drizzly and there was hardly any snow under foot.  I was a little disappointed and didn’t expect to find any routes in condition despite Rons optimism.  I was wrong, all the main gully lines were full of firmish snow and things improved as we got higher.  We abandoned […]

Tryfan Fach (Ogwen, North Wales)

By , March 7, 2009 4:01 pm
Little Tryfan

Today started badly –  I’d  been a proper spanner and forgotten my jacket!  Thankfully the expected heavy rain turned out to be little more than a few light showers and Dan had a spare soft shell that he let me borrow.  Before the rain arrived we managed to run up Crack1, the easiest line we could find.  We were feeling quite pleased with ourselves until a nice lady climber […]

Windgather Crag (Whaley Bridge – Peak District)

By , March 1, 2009 12:54 pm

The sun broke through the clouds for an hour so we ran to the Peak District to do some pre Ailefroide training for Lucas.  He did really well and hardly complained at all about his cold fingers.  Even in trainers he managed to climb his first ever graded gritstone routes… the book says Rib and Slab (Mod), Leg Stump (Diff) and […]

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