Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hope - The idwal slabs

We've had a climbing shortage this year! With a spare day from annual leave at work there was an opportunity to go climbing. I'd been watching the weather for a few days it looked as though the rain could break, we might be lucky!

We'd planned on climbing on the Idwal Slabs, Hope seemed like an excellent option. We arrived fairly early from South Yorkshire to wonderful blue skies, wow, perfect we were both eager to climb in these wonderful mountains.

llyn Idwal onad Pen Yr Olwen in the background

The walk to the Idwal slabs from Ogwen cottage is quick and easy with wonderful views of Llyn Idwal the Glyders and the wonderful geology of the Devils Kitchen. All these features never cease to amaze.

The crag glistened with the remaining water from yesterdays rain. I headed off on the first pitch with a few wobbles the climbing was enjoyable and I was soon back into it.

We climbed some wonderfully long climbing pictures it was great to get our skills back in order.
The descent from the top of the slab was rather exciting we had to continue scrambling to the top and traverse across to a descent gully. Fortunately arrows scratched into the rock indicate a sensible scrambling line. However the descent gully was decidedly precarious, we rigged an abseil to take us past the tricky part of the descent.
As I looked back at Glyder Fawr I became fascinated and tempted by that fantastic line of Hope, Lazarus and Grey slabs on Glyder Fawr.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Nine Edges Challenge 2016

This year is the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Edale Mountain Rescue team the nine edges challenge is primarily a fund raising event for the team. Its an excellent event involving walkers, climbers and runners. The challenge is to walk, run, climb over the nine gritstone edges Derwent, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggatt, Curbar, Baslow, Gardoms and Birchens. Starting at the Fairholmes near Ladybower with an ascent of Back Tor the run finishes at the Robin Hood Inn finishers receive a beer token great motivation indeed.

This year Bryce decided to start running again his first race was to be the nine edges challenge. We both used to run about 20 years ago. This run is a special event as his great uncle, Fred Heardman was a founder of the Edale mountain rescue team. Bryce decided to raise money for the Edale mountain rescue team in memory of his great uncle.

Bryce's Edale Nine Edges - Endurance pageiven Conditions for this years race we're excellent cool and still, the only downside was being slightly midge bitten as we chatted at the start. We were soon on our way and plodding up towards Back tor. I started flagging around the steady climb up Curbar gap and to be quite honest my effort over Birchens and Gardoms was quite poor a mildly redeemed myself with a faster ran down from Birchens and back to the Robin Hood for a pint. Both Bryce and myself completed and thoroughly enjoyed the route. It was great to have the support of  walkers on the edges and of course of our families too! Another challenge is the Colne-Rowsley challenge as described in an article in  The Guardian, this was the idea of Fred Heardman over 50 years ago.