Tremadog: 3 routes I’d never done before!

Well, the weather finally broke today, although it seemed everyone was trying to catch the last breath of summer leaving. Trying to avoid some showers we headed to Tremadog, which is always hard, as the routes seem to fit into on of the two catogories – a) Routes I have done before and b) Routes i can’t do.

So looking through the guide I remembered I had unfinished business to address on Geireagle, a ‘classic’ E3. The last time I tried it, the holds were damp, well running with water. Given they were dry today, I was glad I didn’t make it up the first crux back then.

The route follows a rampline above Obleron, which is steady away. At the top you have to move up a steep wall to gain a ledge. It is quite commiting getting up there, but nothing too bad. At this point I thought it was all over, as from the ground the groove on the left looks easy! Whilst its not desperate, the off nature feel of the climbing, means you never feel 100% sure whether you are going to manage to move up or fall off. By the final slab, I was pretty tired, but what a good route!

After that we headed to the Oakover area, a place I haven’t climbed before. Llion climbed an E2 called Blood….(something), and I climbed the E3 arete to the right, which was pleasantly technical, and with just enough gear.

Anyway, three routes, none of which I’d or we had climbed before made for a nice day out. We escaped to the Gwynant Cafe (Top Cake and Coffee), and it started raining as soon as we left the crag.

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