Sat 3rd Jun - Sun 4th Jun, 2006
Mid Wales Climbing
Present: Sabina Cosulich, Sheena Hendrie, Craig and Sue Marsden, Colin Maddison, Scott Sadler, Rob Allen, Robert Clark, John Dobson, Kevin Anderson, Bob Astles, Peter Schofield, Anne Sanderson.
Guests: Steve Powell, Roisin Maddison, Thomas Marsden, Ian Greenaway, Steve Bowker.
By a pure stroke of luck (not navigational skills), one of the meet leaders managed to find the campsite which turned out to be very pleasant and run by a very friendly (!) Welsh farmer. The other meet leader eventually (after a few phone calls) found the campsite and managed to time her arrival perfectly to be handed a piece of BBQ chicken and a glass of wine on stepping out of the car.
The two meet leaders had ordered uninterrupted sunshine for the whole weekend and that is exactly what they got. On Saturday morning, in beautiful sunshine, due to lack of planning, thought, navigational skills, general ability, etc, we managed to go climbing on the North (!) facing crags on Cader Idris, where we struggled through the scree (crux move) to reach the foot of the crag and find Bob Astles and Pete Schofield waiting for the youngsters to catch up. Wearing full winter gear (due to "cooling" breeze), we managed NOT to find a few routes, but climbed 'Obsession' and Cyrfrwy Arête. Young Thomas Marsden completed his first multi pitch route, whilst others on the meet were much wiser and enjoyed sketching and biking in the sunshine. More BBQ food and wine was consumed, and, thanks to Kevin having forgotten his guitar, we all enjoyed a beautiful evening.
The next morning, climbing was delayed significantly by the Welsh farmer chatting to Kevin (or was it the other way around?). Most of us decided to go and climb on Craig Cywarch, where at least some of the routes would be in the sunshine. More routes were NOT found, Sabina and Sheena creatively wandered up the crag to complete the best part of two multi-pitch routes (in one), whilst Rob and Robert tried desperately to divert the meet to a tearoom. Routes climbed included: Will-o'-Wisp, Bluebell Babylon, Mud Slide Slim, Acheron.
Many thanks to all those who came.
Sabina and Sheena
Meet at a Campsite GR735187 (Landranger 124) either Friday night or Saturday morning (my 'encyclopaedic' knowledge of campsites was unable to supply a name for the site, never having been there, but it's just to the East of Dolgellau. Ed).
The plan is to climb on Cader Idris on Saturday (walking up from car park at GR698152, heading for Cyfrwy area), and then on Craig Cywarch on Sunday, probably somewhere around Tap y Craig (please try to share cars).
The area offers good possibilities for walking, climbing and mountain biking. We will be taking gear to cover all eventualities!
Sabina Cosulich, Sheena Hendrie