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Trip Reports

Arolla, Switzerland, 31st August to 8th September

Seven of the club headed overseas and to the Swiss Alps for the first time since the club has been relaunched. The plan, nothing more than just get out there and enjoy the mountains!

We travelled by plane, train and automobile to get out there arriving at Camping Arolla, our base, by late afternoon early evening. A few of us splashed out by booking their Cosy Tents for the week which came with a double bed and a wood burning stove while the others brought their own tent. We share facilities throughout the week and had a group meal on the last night using the wood burning stove and the free wood provided by the campsite!

We took every opportunity to explore the area in all directions by visiting Plan de Bertol, Cabane des Aiguilles Rouges, Lac Bleuand heading up towards Pas de Chevres. We walked climbed and even did the biggest via ferrata in the area, The Daubenhorn via ferrata.

Overall an excellent time was had by all and we will be looking to do something again in 2020!

Yorkshire, 18th to 22nd April 2019

Easter weekend gave us the hottest weekend of the year so far, the forecast was for sun and +20-degree temperatures ideal for camping and exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

We had three walks planned each over 20km long, after day one we revisited our plans as the temperature did not lend itself to another two days of 20 plus kms!

The first day we did a long circular route which took in Pen y Ghent, the second we walked from the campsite up onto Ingleborough and explored the fells around before walking back to the campsite. The third day we travelled to a quiet part of the park and did another circular route taking in Great Knoutberry Hill.

Each night we returned to our tent in Meadow Fall Campsite on the outskirts of Ingleton - an exellent base for the weekend with an excellent pub, Merton Arms, serving great food a short walk away.  

Cairngorms, 15th to 19th March 2019

Winter was fickle this year for winter mountaineering, the week before a great thaw set in and the likelihood of winter conditions for our trip was low. However, as our trip drew closer winter conditions were forecasted to return with snow forecasted for the first few days we were there!

Travelling up on the Friday we had 3 full days to play in the snow before having to return on Tuesday, well we did have work to return to!

On the Saturday, perhaps the worst day for weather, we headed to the Cairngorm Ski centre to set out and explore the area knowing if the weather got too bad we could retreat back to the coffee shop there!

Sunday, we did a circular walk taking in Meall a' Bhuachaille and Ryvoan Bothy.

Monday, we headed back to the Cairngorm Ski centre to do a circular walk climbing Cairn Lochan, Stob Coire an t-Sneachda and Cairn Gorm. On this day one of our members even got in the Cairngorms Avalanche Forecasters Blog!  

Waterfalls Walk, 18th February 2019

A bit of a hidden gem of a walk in the Brecon Beacons where you can visit the widest cave entrance in Wales and walk behind a waterfall.

Depending where you start and what loop you do the walk can be up to 15km long and you can visit six named waterfalls on your journey the most famous being Sgwd yr Eira.

Today we started at Cwm Porth carpark, visited Porth Ogof cave entrance before following Afon Mellte to Pontneddfechan visiting all the waterfalls on our way.

We stopped for lunch at Dinas Rock or Craig Ddinas before heading back up Nedd Fechan where we saw the remnants of the old Silica mines as well as visiting another two waterfalls before returning to the start.

Fan Fawr, 20th January 2019

A little walk up onto Fan Fawr where we encountered all seasons in one day!

We started off walking into mist, this soon cleared as we headed up onto Fan Fawr to reveal excellent views across to Fan Frynych.

The best way down off a snow-capped Fan Fawr was sliding down on our bums - Paramo the clear winner in how far can you slide down before coming to a stop!

After a break and something to eat and drink at the sheep fold we headed off to Fan Frynych to be met with a bright blue sky and sunshine, before that we were battered with cold winds hail and snow!

After Fan Frynych we headed down to Tai'r Bull for a swift drink and warm up! 


Climb for Fitness, January 2019

During January the club set a challenge to climb indoors, as a club we set a target to climb the height of Matterhorn, 4,478m, with a little sub competition to see who would climb the most metres during the month.

The club climbed a total of 5,463m which equals 1.2 Matterhorns!

The club leader board finished with Brian as the clear winner!





























Pen Y Fan from afar, 24th November 2018

Perhaps one of the best routes up onto Pen Y Fan, this route starts at the upper carpark above Talybont Reservoir. The walk took us up onto Craig Y Fan Ddu past the waterfalls before striking off and following the Beacons Way across to Fan Y Big.

Once on Fan Y Big we had to pose for the traditional diving board photo before heading on to Cribyn, Pen Y Fan and Corn Du before heading back to the car park via Craig Fan Ddu and Upper Neuadd Reservoir.

The weather was not up to much with poor visibility and high wind gusts for the majority of the day but we were not going to allow this to spoil the day!

Peak District, 16th November 2018

A weekend climbing in the Peak District staying in the legendary Don Whillans hut at the base of the Roaches.

The location was excellent with climbing just outside the door, however, on Saturday we headed to the Skyline Crag to climb. A number of routes were set up and climbed at levels from Moderate to E3

On Saturday night we had a group meal of chicken pasta bake with apple crumble desert.

On Sunday we headed to the Chalkstone Crag which was on the door step of the hut, this allowed people to head off home whenever they wanted. Today we again set-up a number of routes from V-Diff to E3 with Brian and Parry leading the majority of climbs and setting up bottom ropes for the rest of the group.

An excellent weekend with a number of personal bests achieved - the hut has already been booked for next year!


Ghost Stories in the Black Mountains, 27th October 2018

Being close to Halloween we thought it would be good idea to do a Ghost Stories walk, with the Black Mountains being an excellent location for such a walk as it is the home to the most haunted pub in the UK, The Skirrid Inn…..

We started in Llanvihangel Crucorney a small village by Abergavenny, we headed up onto Bryn Arw which gave us fantastic views of the surrounding hills and mountains including Sugar Loaf and Ysgyryd Fawr or the Holy Mountain our final hill of the day.

Throughout the day we talked about the various legends and stories that surrounded the area including J R Tolkien using the landscape as inspiration for Middle Earth, Sugar Loaf has an uncanny resemblance to Mount Doom, The Witches Pool above Talgarth, the stories surrounding the Holy Mountain, where American Werewolf in London was filmed amongst other stories.

The day finished off having an evening meal in the Skirrid Inn, reputed to be the oldest and most haunted pub in Wales.

Llangorse Lake & Mountain, 23rd October 2018

A mid week walk from Llangorse Lake up on to Allt Yr Esgair which is an excellent view point for all the surrounding mountains.

From here we headed down into Bwlch before heading back up onto Mynydd Llangorse and back via a shepherds cottage renovated in the year 2000 to commemorate Kevin John Thomas.

Waun Fach & Pen Y Gadair Fawr, 8th Spetember 2018 

A classic walk from the Dragons Back Pub in Pengenfordd up and over the two biggest peaks in the area.

The weather was damp and misty for the majority of the walk with an odd view being glimpsed by the party.

The walk started at The Dragons Back pub in Pengenfordd, footpaths were followed up onto Waun Fach before heading on to Pen Y Gadair Fawr. We headed down to Grwyne Fawr Reservoir for lunch, before heading back up in order to descend Y Grib back to the pub.

Black Mountain Wild Camping, 1st to 2nd September 2018

A taster weekend of wild camping in the local mountains, saw a small number of the club heading out for a night under canvas. The idea was to test the gear before we head out on a bigger trip in 2019.

The walk in to the campsite was a surprise to some thinking it would be a short direct low-level walk, there is no such thing as a short walk in the Black Mountains and also the test also included summiting a number of peaks like we would on a proper wild camp trip.

So, after unpacking some un-necessary things including a camp table and chair, we set-off! Our route took us up over Fan Hir on to Fan Brycheiniog and Fan Foel before heading down to our camp site. The weather was excellent with clear blue skies and sunshine all day and into the evening.

On arriving at the campsite, we saw that there had been some land slide activity which had diverted the stream that we were camping by and had opened up another cave complex which looks to be in the process of being explored by the local caving club. After exploring the area, we settled down to prepare our meals for the evening and settling down for the night.

The weather remained dry and mild throughout the night meaning we had a dry start to the day and dry tents to pack away before walking out and back to the cars.

Cadair Idris, 10th to 12th August 2018

A weekend using the excellent Kings Hostel as our base to explore the southerly tip of the Snowdonia National Park. In attendance was Dorian, Maria, John and Parry.

On Saturday we walked from the Hostel towards the north side of Cadair Idris passing a fantastically organised Scout Camp on the way.

We opted to climb Cadair via the Foxes Path, however we took the shoulder of the ridge option rather than the scree path to the top.

On reaching the summit we took our time to have lunch and explore the area as it was some of the groups first time up there. After we refuelled we headed across to Cyfrwy before heading back down via the Pony Track and back to the hostel for a much-deserved beer and meal.

The Sunday was a washout so we all headed home! 

Climbing at Shorn Cliffs, 21st to 22nd July 2018

The first and long-awaited climbing trip of the season saw the members head to Shorn Cliff in Gloucester for two days climbing.

On Saturday Brian, Parry, Craig and Maria were climbing with Sarah joining in later in the day. On Sunday Tracy, Neil Mimi and Nick joined the party.

A number of different routes and grades were attempted and completed during the days climbing with some personal bests were also achieved!

The routes climbed included an E1 5b on the Flake, The Bone, Pooh Sticks and on Sunday Tigers Don't Cry which is an HVS 5b.

Fan Gyhirych and Friends, 16th June 2018

It was probably the wettest day of the summer, a small group of us decided that the weather was not going to put us off exploring this area of the Brecon Beacons. We set off on to Fan Gyhirych then on to Fan Nedd before heading back to the cars via Fan Bwlch Chwyth. We were supposed to also do Fan Fraith but we decided against due to the poor weather.

The rain did ease towards the end of the walk allowing us to have lunch and take in the surrounding views. The day ended up a good test of navigation and our waterproofs, I believe there was some trips to the Outdoor Gear Shops after for either replacement garments or re-proofer!

Tintern Abbey, 9th June 2018

A day walk by Tracey, Maria, Sarah, Dorian & Brian following the Wye Valley Walk and Offas Dyke Path. In total the walk was 28.3km starting and finishing at Redbrooks with the furthest point being Tintern Abbey.

The pace was relaxed, as we took in the nature and sights of the surrounding countryside as we followed the Wye river as it weaved through this landscape.

It’s not all about mountains, sometimes it's just about getting out there and enjoying the countryside!

Lake District, 5th to 6th May 2018

A camping weekend with our base at Troutbeck in the Northern Fells giving the group easy access to Blencathra, Skiddow and other local mountains.

Routes were planned up Blencathera and Skiddow for Saturday and Sunday whilst others in the group were collecting other outlying Wainwrights of the area.

On Saturday the Blencathra route saw the group bag three Wainwrights walking a total of 13.1km.

The Skiddaw hike on Sunday was 17.8km and again saw the group bag another three Wainwrights.

On Saturday night we had a group BBQ at the campsite, where we ate the most delicious belly pork, burgers and sausages - just what was needed after an excellent day in the mountains. Looking across to Cat Bells that night we saw the mountain lite up for the Festival of lights - a sight to behold.

On Sunday some of the group went to Langdale for the Mountain Film Festival while others tried out the delights of the local pub.

Pen Cerrig-Calch and Friends, 21 April 2018

The forth in a series of local walks started at the main car park in Crickhowell. We set off after brief introductions with the new members and after the older members came back from the bakery armed with "proper mountain food" aka doughnuts!

The route took us up over Crug Hywel on to Pen Cerrig-Calch, Pen Allt Mawr and the Boundary Stones just north of Pen Twyn Glas before heading back to Crickhowell for a well-deserved pint in the Bear.

As we headed up towards Crug Hywel we met a lady heading down asking if we had seen an ambulance on our way?! We asked the lady if everything was ok the response was not good, one of her group had fallen ill on the way up. We quickly followed her to her group advised them to put another call in, but this time ask for the Police then Mountain Rescue in order to get the correct response in place. The GP & Nurse in our group checked in on the casualty to make sure that they were stable.

One of our group walked with the original lady to the closest point to the road to wait for assistance to come. Before long Brecon MR had arrived on the scene, followed by paramedics who quickly decided that the best option was call for helicopter evacuation – our support was no longer needed with the group in good hands we headed off up Crug Hywel to watch the helicopter evacuation.

After all that excitement we headed on our way to complete the intended route without any further incident. However, this was a stark reminder of what to do and what to carry in-case of an emergency in the mountains!

BBCMC do the Carmarthen Fans, 17 March 2018

The third in a series of local walks saw us head to the western side of the Brecon Beacons and the "Carmarthen Fans".

Parking in a lay-by just off the A4067 we took a route up onto Fan Hir, or "Long Peak". Fan Hir is a 4km long escarpment, if you have not been there it is a must to be seen!

As you can see from the pictures there was snow on the ground, however, the pictures did not capture the biting NE wind which we had to contend with! This wind buffeted us as we made our way up onto Fan Hir, eased as we walked along the escarpment and then returned with vengeance as we got to Bwlch Giedd.

At this point we decided it would be stupid to carry on to Brycheiniog so we headed down to Llyn y Fan Fawr and then back to the car park via the Beacons Way, stopping at a sheltered sheep fold for lunch.

Lastly, we had to check out Tafarn-y-Garreg for a pint, they were showing England v Ireland so it would have been rude not to!

Brecon The Cats Back, 17 February 2018

The second in a series of local walks took us to the highest point in England south of Yorkshire (yes residents of the Peak District you have read right!).

The start point was a place known as the Stone Circle, a parking area at the foot of Hay Bluff. From here we headed straight up on to Hay Bluff the steep way! Stopping at a colour of places to take in the views and also catch our breath we eventually top out by the trig point.

From Hay Buff we headed across the border to England to Black Hill, at 640m it pips the highest point of Kinder Scout by 4m!

The group headed over the Cats Back or Crib yr Garth which provides one of the best ridge walks within the area.

After the ridge a few decided to stay "high" whilst some decided to head down to a picnic spot for lunch before making our way back over the Cats Back, Black Hill before heading back to the car park.

Brecon The Dragons Back, 13 January 2018

The first of a series of local walks to allow existing members to meet up and for new/potential members to see what we are all about.

On this day we started at The Dragons Back pub in Pengenfordd, the route took us to the cairn between Pen Trumau and Mynydd Llysiau before heading up on to Waun Fach. The wind was pretty fierce so we didn't hang around at the top after the regulation summit photo.

Heading off towards Pen Y Manllwyn, we took shelter in the lea of Waun Fach and had lunch before heading on to Pen Y Manllwyn and then taking a bearing off towards the Dragons Back.

Before reaching the Dragons Back one of the party slipped and landed awkwardly on his arm breaking it....The injury was splinted, bandaged and slinged before we escorted the casualty off the mountain to the nearest road by the most direct route, (avoiding the dragons back).

Once at the road the casualty was picked up and taken to A&E allowing us to walk back to the start and the pub for a well-earned drink after all the excitement.

Unfortunately, the pub was closed, never mind Talgarth is not that far away, however the first two pubs tried were also closed! As an alternative we settled for coffee and cake from the excellent Talgarth Mill.

Cairngorms January 2018

Most probably the most fragmented trip so far! Will and Ian headed up to Scotland early on 2nd January 2018, Dorian joined them on the 5th January then left with Will on 8th January leaving Ian up in Scotland for the reminder of the week. This report concentrates on the period between 5th January and 8th January as I was there and kinda knew what we got up to!

We all descended at the Aviemore Bunkhouse at about 16:30 on the Friday. Over a coffee we looked at weather forecasts, avalanche forecasts (eek) and maps to hatch a plan for the next two days. The weather was going to be pants on Saturday, with high winds, snow and low cloud, Sunday looked to be a better day with clear skies, good visibility and low wind. The avalanche forecasts stated that the risk was moderate over the next two days. The plan for Saturday was the Lurcher's Crag area and Sgor Gaoith area on Sunday. We were also joined by Pete Surtees for the next two days.

On Saturday the weather was as predicted with one exception the wind was not as high as forecasted. We drove up to the Ski Centre and started our walk out towards Corie an Lochain, the conditions were pretty bad with low cloud and soft snow making going hard and navigation tough, however we spotted grouse and ptarmigan on the way! After a quick lunch at Corie an Lochain we headed up the side to top out at the 1083m spot height before making our way to Lurcher's Crag and back to the cars.

On Sunday we headed out early again to make the most of the short days. The skies were clear visibility was good and the wind was biting cold! We made our way up onto Carn Ban Mor on relatively good well-trodden tracks until we decided to leave the trodden path to break our own trail, which we did all the way to Sgor Gaoith, Sgoran Dubh Mor and the way off and back to the car. Sunday was by far the colder of the two days we were all up there!


Brecon Beacons Day walk and social 25th November 2017

The day started at Henderson Hall at Talybont on Usk. When all 12 of us arrived we made our way out of the village via the Taff Trail path before crossing the reservoir and heading up onto Allt Lwyd.

As the walk progressed up on to the mountains we were battered by a bitterly cold northerly wind. We took shelter at the foot of the climb to the top of Craig Y Fan for a much-needed lunch break before continuing up and over to Cairn Pica.

Arriving at Cairn Pica the weather took a turn for the worse with snow falling, after a short break at the Cairn we headed down and off the mountains over Twyn Du to our last stop The Star in Talybont!

Here we were met by Maria, who due to a broken ankle could not take place in the walk, we had a few drinks before making our separate journeys home.

Again, it was an excellent day where club members met up, some for the first time and new friends were made!

Peak District 10th to 12th November 2017

This weekend we took advantage of our BMC affiliated status to secure the use of Heathy Lea Hut which is owned by Oread Mountaineering Club. The hut was located close to Baslow and was in an excellent location for this weekends adventures.

The nine of us choose to do different things on Saturday, five decided to head to the nearest crag for some climbing, two headed out to Kinder Plateau from Edale and two stayed in the hut both needing to recuperate from previous mountain adventures. On Sunday seven of us climbed.

The climbers headed to Baslow Edge on Saturday then headed to Birchen Edge on Sunday - the grit stone was in fine form and perfect for climbing.

Saturday night a group meal of rice, chilli and potato wedges including tortilla chips and dips was prepared by Maria and Catherine.

It was a great weekend where people caught up with each other, socialised late into the night, enjoyed the great facilities of the Hut and the weather which was excellent for walking and climbing.

Snowdon - 9th to 10th September

The weekend forecast was not looking good - club members were keeping a keen eye so that we can plan the art of the possible. It became clear (not the weather) that climbing was off the agenda and possibly scrambling due to the wet conditions. Anyhow a hardcore contingent of Brian, Sarah, Connie, Catherine, Sarah, Maria & Dorian made their way north despite what the weather would throw at them.

By 10pm on the Friday night we all had arrived at Dolgam Campsite, a mighty fine campsite and location for exploring the area with excellent facilities and a hostilary not to far down the road. We all sat down and started to plan what we will do on Saturday, the weather forecast had improved a little but not significantly. It was decided we would finalise the plan in the morning when we knew for certain what the weather would do.

On Saturday we woke to rain showers lashing our tents, the updated forecast said the weather would improve during the afternoon. Scrambling was out so we decided to go for a walk instead. After a quick conversation we decided on the Northern Carneddau and Drosgl and Bera Mawr.

After a relaxed breakfast we headed off to Abergwyngregyn and the start of the walk. Brian and his girls (Sarah and Connie) stuck to a low path around Aber Falls, after a while the rest of us left them and headed up into the mountains, our first being Drosgl.

The plan was to head up onto Drosgl then onto Bera Fach and then Bera Mawr before making our way back to the car park.

We continuously reviewed our plan during the walk and soon realised that as we started so late there was no way we could take in all three peaks and be back in a reasonable time. So the plan was altered and we dropped the middle peak of Bera Fach. The plan was again altered when we got down to the planned stream crossing point and found that there was no way we could cross and keep our feet dry. Plan C now came into play for an alternative route down. After a quick look at the map and a conversation Plan D was hatched to divert around on a path to a ford marked at a stream crossing point, hoping that we could get across at this point. It worked and with that stream successfully crossed we decided to make a direct line off the mountain as time was getting on, this time lady luck was on our side as we headed straight on to a stile that allowed us to rejoin the path back to the car park.

Sunday's weather was forecasted to be high winds and rain, which turned out to be spot on. After breakfast and a conversation in Moel Siabod Cafe we decided the only suitable thing to do today was retail therapy in Joe Browns and Ellis Brigham before returning home!

Even though the weather was poor we still managed to get a good 7hr+ walk in on the Saturday and had a fantastic weekend catching up with good friends, roll on the next meeting Lakes in October.......

Symonds Yat - 12th to 13th August 2017

First of all welcome to our new members Sarah, Craig, Tracy, Neil & Jay, it was great having you join us on the weekend.

Also a big thank you to Will, Ian, Brian, Neil and Jay for rigging the routes.

On Saturday there was thirteen of us climbing routes on The Introductory Rocks from Left Hand Sector and Bulging Wall. A number of routes were climbed from Diff all the way up to E4 6a with plenty of personal achievements made during the day.

On Sunday we returned to the same area again rigging routes on The Introductory Rocks but this time we added Yew Tree Gully to Bulging Wall and Left Hand Sector. Again a number of routes were climbed from Diff all the way up to HVS and again with plenty of personal achievements made during the day. On Sunday we had twelve climbing and in total there was seventeen of us climbing over the weekend, an excellent turn out.

The rock was very polished on the easier routes which made them surprisingly difficult, the harder routes were not as polished but this didn't make them easier! The weather was excellent throughout the weekend dry and not too hot, perfect for climbing.

It was an excellent weekend climbing with new friends being made, people trying rock climbing for the first time or coming back to rock climbing after a break and too many personal achievements made to list - roll on the next event Scrambling in Snowdon which if history has a part to play will be another excellent event.........

Peak District - 14th to 16th July 2017

The weekend really started on arrival to the campsite just after 8pm. We were welcomed by Brian, Ian and Catherine and a swarm of midges! With no time to muck about it was tent up and to the nearest pub to plan the weekends activities away from the midges.

In addition to planning the weekends activity we also planned a number of trips taking the Club events diary up to Christmas - we may have a Trip Coordinator in our mists...... 

The plan was set for Saturday to head to Rivelin Edge approx 1 mile from the campsite where we could look to climb a multitude of route grades. The area we settled on was Blizzard ridge which gave a good selection of routes to suit all abilities. In total route grades from Diff up to E1 5a were climbed with Brian and Ian taking the lead.

On Sunday we were also joined by Catherine's friends (Josie and Frankie) headed to Froggatt Edge a little further from the campsite but this was not a problem as we were all packed up and heading home after the climb. At Froggatts we parked up in the NT carpark and eventually found our way to the edge after a couple of detours! Froggatt Edge was a bit more busy than Rivelin Edge but we found a clear area at Sunset Slab where again we climbed a number of different grades and routes again lead by Ian and Brian (Diff to HVD 3c).

At around mid afternoon we called it a day and headed off home via the new Alpkit store in Heathersage (it had to be done)!

A great time was had by all, we had good weather, great company and I must add a big thanks to Brian and Ian for leading the climbs and providing the much needed encouragement.

Quotes of the weekend must include:

"Which way now", the response "Up!"

"I'm stuck can't go any further, can you let me down?", the response "might as well go for the next hold, if you fall you can come down!"


Dorian Thomas


Brecon Beacons - 17th June 2017

The first of many to come local walks saw the club setting off from the Dragons Back Pub or for the old school The Castle Pub, Pengenfordd.

The route for the day included Waun Fach the highest peak in the Black Mountains, the Dragons Back then a cheeky little climb up to Castell Dinas or Dinas Castle before heading back to the car park.

The weather hot and sunny making the pace slower then normal to avoid overheating but nobody minded during such glorius weather. As we proceeded towards Waun Fach we noticed that a nice new path had been laid, this path has been obviously laid to ease erosion also makes it easy progress along this normally very boggy area.

During the walk two impromptu relocation exercises were set, as we were in familiar territory accuracy was the name of the game here - glad to say that on both occasions the points identified on the map were spot on - must be down to excellent tutorage (Will Kilner!).

From Waun Fach we headed across to the Dragons Back or Y Grib to descend down to Castell Dinas for a quick explore before heading back to the car park. Heading up to the castle is a short sharp shock but well worth it as you can survey the route that you just walked!

It took just a little over 4 hours to complete this 12km route at a leisurely pace, an ideal afternoon or evening jaunt during these summer months!

Dorian Thomas

Peak District

I volunteered to do a short report on the meet over the weekend in the peak district. Climbing on Saturday was on the lower tier of the Roaches, busy as usual but no real queues for even the most popular routes. As if to prove club members range greatly in ability at one end of the scale was Will climbing an E3/4 5c (depending on which guide book you look at) and me leading VDiffs at the other. The E3/4 (Chalkstorm) uses a mono pocket at the crux, which Will decided was for small, delicate fingers only as his pinkie wouldn't fit and making it that much more interesting! Then in the evening some playing around (sorry meant to say serious technique training) on the boulders by the Don Willans hut.


Sunday we moved on to Back Forest. During the morning Will spotted a line that wasn't mentioned as a route in the guide book. Could such as thing as an unclimbed new route exist in the Peak? Will led it and dreamed of a first ascent, allbeit not a hard one as we decided it was probably about HVDiff. Some investigation on UKC revealed that someone had beaten him to it, and given it S 4a. Still a fun little climb even without the glory of a first ascent.


All in all a good two days, lots of routes climbed, good weather and a good time.


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