Week 8 at Plas y Brenin

18Jul11

 

The Cantilever, Glyder FachThe Cantilever, Glyder FachGlyder Fach North Face with Tryfan in the backgroundThe Arch Tempter, The Chasm FaceThe Arch Tempter, The Chasm FaceThe 'Arch Tempter', Chasm Face
Above the Cat Walk on The Chasm Face routeThe Cat Walk on The Chasm Face routeLooking up into Chasm Face RouteCresting Dolmen RidgeCneifion ArêteCneifion Arête
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  • Cake of the week – chocolate eclairs!
  • Interesting Fact – 5 of the Welsh 14/15 peaks over 3000ft are found in the Glyderau mountains
  • Best Thing – I bought a road bike!
  • Work Highlight – 2-day MBLA course – Trail Cycle Leader Training
  • Best Outdoor – Scramblathon in the Glyders – 4 top grade routes

Summary: Dry land this week, 2 legs (running/scrambling) or 2 wheels (mtb)…

The Chasm Face Route (*** 3) on Glyder Fach

The Chasm Face Route (*** 3) on Glyder Fach

Monday – today saw Will (CA) and I take on some of the top-rated scrambles in the Glyderau. A natural progression from Cwm Idwal up the Idwal Staircase (** 2) led us suitably to the base of Cneifion Arête (*** 3). Topping out on Y Gribin’s ‘football pitch’ we quickly contoured around the back of Cwm Bochlwyd, without sacrificing much height, in order to gain the start of Dolmen Ridge (*** 3). A quick scamper up to the top of Glyder Fach before diving down Bristly screes to cut accross to the start of The Chasm Face (*** 3) for some ‘ape like swings’ and mini caving expedition into ‘the bowels of the mountain’.

In the evening, I got the chance to catch up properly with Tom & Joe from Nottingham High School who were on a Mountain Leader Training course; both great lads who I hope will be back soon enough to do their assessment.

Tuesday – Wash day! Fixed my bike, bought (ahem) a road bike, and worked a night shift

Wednesday – Tuesday’s fixes left only for a bike wash ahead of the following days’ MTBing course. In the afternoon I escaped to Bangor to catch up with some old friends including a round trip via Bangor Students’ Union to see some old colleagues!

Swatting up with some MBLA handbook revision saw out the evening

Bangor Pier - sunny!

Bangor Pier - sunny!

Thursday – PYB Course – MBLA (Mountain Bike Leaders Award) TCLT (Trail Cycle Leader Training) day 1 – theory & practical skills (getting that track stand still)

In the evening Mum & Dad popped by on their way home from Ireland to see the Brenin (luckily in the finest sunshine). After dinner, I couldn’t miss out on a sunny evening’s solo Moel Siabod run.

Friday – PYB Course – TCLT day 2 – a ride out into the Gwydyr Forest to learn all things group management and navigation; it’s great to experience some transferable skills applying quite seamlessly across NGB qualifications in different disciplines.

Evening: course over – a glass of red and a double episode of Silent Witness

Biking around the Dinorwig Quarries

Biking around the Dinorwig Quarries

Saturday – Reception shift with a lunch shift in front of the Bar TV watching Le Tour. I managed to squeeze an hour and a half’s Bike Ride in before evening meal over to Dolwyddelan and back via Betws (through the forest) – interesting nav 🙂

Sunday – Stores shift, largely chatting to Andy re. computing stuff + I managed to be ultra productive in my breaks with photo editing and planning ahead in the calendar. It rained solidly all day and all the way home to Nottingham – visiting the folks. Top gift from their Ireland trip – a selection of whiskey!

Evening Skies around the Llangollen area

Evening Skies around the Llangollen area

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