Alex and I had planned to do Tennis Shoe on Idwal Slabs today but we made a last minute dash to Tryfan’s summit instead. Finding an easy route up to the Heather Terrace was impossible but once there, mistakes in our guide book made finding the start of the climb even harder! For future reference, the diagram on page 114 of Mike Bailey’s guide to Ogwen shows Pinnacle Rib Route and Overlapping Rib the wrong way around!! Once we got going the climbing was great, we finished the route then scrambled up to the summit to say hello to Adam and Eve (the two boulders) and a man dressed as a crocodile before descending via North and Little Gully.
The threat of rain didn’t stop us and we managed classics on both the upper and lower tiers this evening. Mark and I did Valkerie (Vs 4b,4c**), Sloth ( Hvs 5a ***) and Technical Slab (Hs 4a**) without any real problems other than a bit of a knitting on Valkerie and a minor gear failure on the Sloth. There’s a picture below of Vanessa seconding what I think was Kestrel Crack (Vs 4b**)
My dad was against the clock today so we tried something a bit closer to him for a change and ended up at Wilton quarry North West of Bolton. The climbs were nice enough but the rock and some of the run outs were very very dirty. Lucas had a great time searching for bullet shells around the firing range and found 99 in total! Todays climbs were Rappel Wall (Lead VDiff **), Mo (Lead HS 4b*), Miney (Lead VDiff), Crooked Crack(TopRope VS 4c**), Forked Cracks( Lead VS 4c). Dad struggled with Forked Cracks so seconded Oak Leaf Crack instead (vdiff *).
Today was my first meet with the Innominata climbing club and apart from the broken glass all over the floor the routes at this place are great. Steeper than I’m used to but with positive edgy holds, good gear and stake belays at the top. No pictures this time but here’s the route list.. Seconded The Harp (HS 4b*), Gideon (Hvs 5a), Sunshine Superman (E2 5b*), Parkers Eliminate (Hvs 5a***). I Lead Crewe’s Route (Vs 4c***) and Epitaph Corner (Vs 4b *) and Top Roped a couple of high E’s with Mark and Jonny which I kept falling off!