Week 6 at Plas y Brenin

06Jul11

Cake of the week – Chocolate Cake! | Interesting Fact – The Black Mountains are the easternmost main region comprising the Brecon Beacons National Park | Best PYB – 5 days of ‘Touching Stone’ | Work Highlight – got up an E1 in the slate | Best Outdoor – scrambling on Wrinkled Tower, Tryfan!

I was lucky enought to join in a full week’s course Monday through Friday this week – ‘Touching Stone’ was all about acquiring the skills to climb confidently outside; anchor selection and construction, rope handling, abseiling and self protection…

Tryfan's Adam & Eve - the destination for Sunday evening's circuit session!

Tryfan's Adam & Eve - the destination for Sunday evening's circuit session!

tip: for any interested parties wanting route info/location (except Crag ‘X’ naturally) here’s my UKC logbook

Monday – TS day 1: RAC boulders – coaching movement on rock followed by a trip to the slate (Bus Stop’s Solstice [HVS] & Equinox [VS] & Serengeti‘s Seamstress [HVS] & Seams the Same [E1])

In the evening I caught up with Craig (blog link) and Naomi in the Brenin wall for a quick 6B lead I’d wanted to get done! Dinner and a talk by Dave Evans on big wall climbing in America

Tuesday – TS day 2: a day out on Anglesey – single pitch sea cliff climbing at the-location-that-is-not-to-be-named. Gloriously sunny, and lovely quartzite – to climb on and hone in on skills required for setting up a belay

After the 5pm tea and cake… a shift back onto Rhyolite for the evening, on some splendidly clean Tryfan west face rock – Wrinkled Tower was the order of the evening for Rich (Cotswold Outdoors) and I as we spent a solid 2 hours working our way up to the summit via as many scrambling ‘problems’ as seemed possible in the evening sunlit west face – the Improbable Tower is tantalisingly exposed!

Crag 'X' - a mysterious location on Anglesey

Crag 'X' - a mysterious location on Anglesey

Wednesday – TS day 3: Tremadog‘s Vector Buttress played host to the party of 3 – and three multi-pitch routes later we were much more clued-up. Back at the centre we spent some time at the training wall placing gear (cunning facility at the Brenin). An evening meal, talk by Pete Catteral and Wimbledon saw the post meridian hours pass by quickly

Thursday – TS day 4: Mountain crags! Today we headed down to Tanigrisiau to take in routes on Clogwyn yr Oen, the most obvious of crags on the way up to the Stwlan Dam. Great routes and not another soul on the crag!

As has been the case for the past 3 weeks, I headed out for another Thursday night series orienteering – this time a score event in the forest. I doubt I have won this time round as I made some howlers so we’ll see how that goes for the final results next week…

Friday – TS day 5: Clogwyn Bochlwyd was the destination – an unfashionable crag maybe, but one offering some terrific single or multi pitch routes. Mixed leads on 3 routes (Diff-HS ish) and a second up the classic HVS – ‘Bochlwyd Eliminator’. Overall a great week on the course!

John’s birthday party was in Bangor this evening so after a Wimbledon semi-final fix, it was time-out from the centre for the night.

Moel Siabod Fell Race - sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor

Moel Siabod Fell Race - sponsored by Cotswold Outdoor

Photo courtesy of Al Tye – race photos link / blog link

Saturday – I spent most of Saturday morning sunbathing around the centre – mental preparation for the infamous Moel Siabod Fell Race – ‘run’ alongside the Capel Curig Show (fête). I’d asked the Cotswold Outdoor Race Team if they’d like to sponsor me and let me wear the Race Team bib for the race, which they kindly did. Thus, equipped with a long-sleeved (!) branded top, I set out to the start to meet Fred, Mark, Becki, Jenny amongst 120 runners ready for the race. Save the detail for another blog post – in a nutshell 5.8 miles and 700m ascent was at stake and I managed to get 12th place (and a special prize for 1st local!)

Moel Siabod Race route map – MapMyRun

A bike ride later in the day before dinner and a glass of wine was a suitable warm-down – a scorcher of a weekend!

Sunday – Reception duty (yes I work sometimes :p) during which time was partly-spent with a sneaky viewing of the Men’s Singles Wimbledon Final!)

In the evening, Will (blog link) convinced me to give bouldering a go down at the Cromlech – armed with my SLR we had a laugh and some good shots shall have ensued…

Will posing on a boulder problem at the Cromlech

Will posing on a boulder problem at the Cromlech

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3 Responses to “Week 6 at Plas y Brenin”

  1. So glad that you go out to do all of these things and report on them… means that I don’t have to 🙂

  2. 2 tom

    haha, cheers Sue!

  3. Best Adam & Eve shot I have ever seen that! 🙂


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