Yesterday I drove up to Snowdonia with Phil and Nev. Seems like ages since I’ve been climbing and was dying to get out and do somthing in the hills. Stopped at cotswold camping on the way up and parted with some cash for some new carabiners. Pretty niffty they are too. Nice and shiny …as if I haven’t got enough toys. Anyway we ended up in Ogwen to have a look at doing a climb on the East face of Tryfan. The three of us soloed up the little Tryfan slabs on a grade 3 scramble, can’t remember what it’s called. Was a nice intro to the day anyway. Decided to go for Groved Arete on the East face of Tryfan. A classic climb, it’s been a few years since I last did it. We all had big boots on ( ie. no rock boots). Phil had a pair of bendy walking boots on and that was to be out undoing. Anyway, off we romped, up a couple of pitches. As it was pretty cold we had the climb to ourselves though there with other parties on other routes.
Phil had a terrible time, no friction with his bendies an he said the climb felt more like the E2’s he used to lead at one time (it’s HVD). We got about 4 ptches up, late in the afternoon with an hour of daylight or so left and decided to call it a day. We abseiled off… a quick trot back to the car for the 130 mile drive home.
Red-Bull is great for keeping you awake at the wheel ! I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve been to the sumitt of Tryfan over the years, and I’ve done that route before so it wasn’t a problem… a pretty good day out infact…. though we could do with some snow.
Today, Aimee has a project for her geography class. She has to make an island together with a map and legend for the end of term at Easter. That gives her about 8 weeks or so I guess. I bought a load of materials for it last Saturday and have spent about 6 hours this morning making "the bones" of it out of ply-wood and chicken wire. She started covering it in paper-mache with her friend this afternoon. What a mess ! ..despite that it’s taking shape, mountains, streams, a fishing village with harbour. Of course most of it’s in my head, just have to get the kids to do the work….