Ogwen Valley

Today I was with Kelly and Mike keen for some climbing.  We headed to the Idwal slabs first, went through how to tie in, flake a rope, take out gear and how to belay.  Then as we were getting kit on a really heavy snow shower covered everything for about 30 minutes.  Luckily it stopped by the time I started up Faith (Vdiff), but everything was covered in snow.  So with freezing rock and hands Kelly started up, but the winter conditions were unexpected and so after a good fight getting half way up the pitch she headed down.  I then changed my belay into an ab for me and headed down as well.

Both Kelly and Mike had brought new shoes and were wearing them for the first time so we spent some time at the bottom of the crag going through movement skills and seeing what you can stand on with climbing shoes on.

For lunch we headed down the road to Milestone buttress.  I headed up Rowen Tree (Diff) and brought Kelly up. Who although really scared she climbed very well and made it to the belay, Mike then flew up and did well taking out the gear.  Kelly then ab’ed down followed by Mike, who then came back up via a harder variation on the left edge of the slab.

Still keen Mike and I then climbed Pulpit route (Diff).  With the first 2 pitches being slabby Mike did well, getting used to belaying a leader, tying into the belay and sorting out the gear and the belay.  The 3rd chimney pitch is a struggle at the best of times but Mike did well getting up it and then through the ‘window’ at the top.  With a final short arete to finish we topped out.  Just 2 ab’s to get back down and we were at the bottom.

A good day but both Kelly and Mike understandably looked tired by the end.

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