North Wales – May 2014 (by Max Streeton)

Weather on the Saturday was rather damp with low cloud and rain forecast.  Our plan was not to have a plan, and we set off from Capel Curig up to the ridge to the Glyders to see how it looked. We  got up to below Glyder Fach and it was not looking too bad, so we traversed round to the Bwlch Trfan and did the Grade 1 scramble up Bristly ridge then on to the summit of Glydwr Fach. However at that point the rain came in so we headed for the nearest pub, the historic Pen Y Gwrd where the first Everest ascents and many more were planned. Much old gear is on display  (or is it the lost property box waiting for some of the older Wessex climbers to return!). We soaked in the History, beer and Cake.

Luckily this shot was taken before the beers and cake!
Luckily this shot was taken before the beers and cake!

Sunday was still forecast for showers so most of us opted for another scramble, this time the Grade 2 NW ridge of Y Garn from Lyn Idwal, The weather turned out better than expected and we enjoyed some sunny scrambling, and then continued to Ellidar Fawr.
Monday was forecast dry but with low cloud on the already damp hills. So we drove down to Tremadog and were treated to a sunny day of climbing on the excellent rock here. Congratulations to David for his first VS lead,  achieved by the tactic of getting on the wrong route.

Alan at Tremadog
Alan at Tremadog

As usual Eric’s cafe provided the base and essential tea supplies. This time with the modest Eric in attendance. One of our group asked if he had done any Ice climbing, to which he said a bit (he soloed the North Face of the Eiger!!!).
No BBQs this time, but as often happens the weather was better than forecast. Those that decided not to come due to the weather missed a good weekend.
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