So a few years ago I started a brief trend of running up the East Face of Vivian Linking the Levels, via what I dubbed the Sunchaser Wall, as done after work you were often fighting to stay ahead of the rising shade. Those routes though are mainly trad, so today looking for a quick hit in the afternoon, as I was off surfing this evening, so we headed up to Australia.
The route we did was a direct start to Looning the Tube, which is a F6bish sport route into LtT. Given you only need one cam 2.5 for that route, it was almost like a sport route. We then climbed Steps of Glory F5, some random route on the Siding F5. We then joined Grand Day out on a F6a+ pitch before heading up Feeling Rusty F6a+which was quite hard to finish for someone my height and then finished on Plastic Solders or the other route.
All in all 6 pitches of sport climbing (only one cam 2.5 needed), quite varied although it is a good calf and toe workout. As we topped out I made comment about the weather turning as the cloud was building over the Glyders. So we got a wiggle on and got back to the van as it started to rain lightly. We then had coffee and a cake in V12, the poor guy who got sent out for milk returned soaked to the skin.
So a great few routes fitted in Between the Rain. I then headed over to Anglesey and surfed for a couple of hours. Nice clean 2-3ft sets with enough time to get out in-between, couple with off-shore winds. I had to come in after 2 hours as my arms were running on empty and I couldn’t paddle to catch a wave. Although for an hour I was pretty much the only person out looping back and forth continually.
You have got to love North Wales for days like that.