Escape the wedding

By Di Neema
Oh so much climbing! Public holidays either side of the weekend and a rock-solid forecast of warm and sunny weather. Arriving early allowed us to hit a deserted Moelwyns on Thursday where we enjoyed the marvellous rough rock, experienced the rather less marvellous skimpy protection, and grappled with the not so easy route finding. The Llanberis Pass was the choice for the next day where I was lucky enough to be climbing on an almost-bone-dry Craig Ddu. Two good routes ticked off there – Crown of Thorns (S) and Yellow Groove (VS). My third day of climbing saw a return to the Moelwyns. Different crag (the one with the incline), same features with the climbing but breezier conditions, and the entertaining semi-blind descent through the dark echoey tunnel of  the old quarry incline.

A day off for me the next day whilst most of the others headed for the pleasures of Tremadog. Creagh Dhu Wall (the HS that likes to think it’s a VS), Mensor, Merlin and half of Meshach were all ascended by people who were not me.  The last day of the meet saw my trio striking up the steep hillside above Cwm Dyli for the Teyrn Slabs. The sun was out but so was the God of Wind. Teetering up a slab on small holds in these sorts of conditions is not ideal so escaping onto the arête (more holds, more gear) seemed eminently sensible. Galloping down the side of the pipeline we were soon back at the hut for the civility of a nicely sheltered afternoon tea.