Thursday, 18 February 2010

A great week of work and play

I've had a brilliant last week of work and play and sitting at home with a brew in hand I have that slightly smug feeling of knowing that I'm lucky to live in such an awesome place. This winter keeps rolling on and long may it continue! Bryn and I made an ascent of the classic Sinister Gully III, 4 in upper Cwm Glas today. Its a good route although the difficulties are a little short lived. The crux icefall was in great shape but care was needed on some of the snow slopes. (More fresh snow falling now so watch out for avalanches!)

On Tuesday I took out Rob, Rowen, Ian and Luke for a Mountain Leader refresher day to prepare them for an upcoming assessment. We spent the morning near Nant Peris looking at ropework before spending the afternoon in the Moelwyns brushing up on navigation strategies and techniques. There was 3 - 4 inches of fresh snow and when the sun came out it was simply stunning!
Good luck for the assessment boys!

At the weekend I had two days at Tremdog rock climbing in the sun (apart from Sunday afternoon) with Davie and Rob - we manage to climb Boo Boo, Oberon, Poor Mans Peutery, Rio and Yogi - not bad for a first weekend of multipitch climbing - we even had time to do a few abseils as well.

Friday - had a great day out up the North ridge of Tryfan with Dean and co. on his 40th Birthday (he doesn't look it so dont tell anyone how old he really is). It was an exciting ascent with a few wintery sections at the top.

Thursday - see photos below