Mid Summer Madness

About this time last year, a friend and I set out for an epic enchainment. A year has past and a the memory of the pain and suffering has subdued enough to make us think about doing another. We had a brief discussion about it and had ‘Enchainment Two: The Reckoning’ lined up for a day when yin and yan aligned .

So in the last week or so I have been out climbing with various people. mainly just doing easy routes. A day at Tremadog at the weekend doing Scratch Arete and Great Western. Then yesterday we went to the Mot and did Stairway to Heaven and the amazing Super Direct. In the evening we then climbed at some new boulders in Waunfawr.

The plan was made yesterday that today was go day. Unlike last year when we started in the dark, today Si had to drop his daughter off at child care so we started at 9am.

Our first routes were on Dinas Mot, The classic The Crack mixed up with a little of Lorraine due to me route finding. We then head right to Slow Ledge Climb another fine route, it is worth noting that whilst Black Spring initial pitches are still too wet to climb you can get to the great top pitch via Slow Ledge Climb.

From the top we walk across and down to Cryn Las, where we climbed Main Wall. Again one of the most marvellous HS in the world. The last time I climbed it was twenty years or so ago and I was soloing jt onosght. So much nicer enjoying the 200m route with a rope.

From here we soloed up The Parson Nose which is grade two scrambling. The second time this week I have done this the last time was with clients. We then descended all the way to the PYG track and miner Track and traverse around Llyn Llydaw to the base of Lliwedd where we climbed Avalnche and Terminal Arete, which we managed in something like 30 minutes.

We then march to the summit cafe on Snowdon where we got some lovely ice cold drinks and had a chat with the manager who was on my recent first aid course. The rest was great and we then headed to out last route on Cloggy.

We chose Longland’s Route because it started from the decent gully. ┬áIt was nice starting up know we had enough daylight and time left to nit have to rush. Almost giving us a chance to enjoy the finale to our day.

It was hot and exhausting and felt really great to tick the last route and we congratulated ourselves, but we still had to walk the several miles back to Llanberis. Where we collect the other car and had a well deserved pint of lager shady, the most refreshing drink in the world.


EDIT a photo from a twitter follower, I was right goosed at this point our final really uphill slog to the summit of snowdon. Walking was definitely the crux!

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