North Wales

The weekend forecast made bold claims of sunshine and high temperatures so a party of eager members headed to Cwm Idwal early on Friday with to bag Hope on the unusually quiet Idwal Slabs. The idea of continental style hot-rocking in the sun did not come to pass as the route remained resolutely in the shade all day despite the sun creeping round over the edge of the cwm.

There was an early Saturday morning rush for coveted parking spaces in Llanberis Pass then several parties trudged up the scree to crags along the valley. Flying Buttress on Dinas Cromlech saw more than one member ‘enjoying’ the start of the chimney on the final pitch – an apprenticeship served on traditional grit V Diffs can give the necessary thrutching skills required to reach the top! Back at Cwm Dyli later that evening, we all compared our angry red patches of sunburn and established that perhaps it’s never too early in the year for sun cream.