Sunny slate

16/03/18

 

Liz and I travelled to North Wales to take advantage of a small spell of warm, dry conditions. The sun was out and there was very little wind. It almost felt like spring!

 

 

We walked in to the Serengeti area of the Dinorwig slate quarry.

 

The Seamstress slab

 

I led the first route of the day “Seamstress VS 4c” a three star classic which is an entertaining thin crack up the face of the seamstress slab in the Serengeti area.

 

Liz finding the routes

 

The next route in this area was “Neat arete VS 5b” another trad route which has a series of tough moves at the start but is a worthwhile route.

 

 

Next, we visited Never never land where I on-sighted “Hawkeye F5c” a delightful route on great rock.

 

Leading Hawkeye

 

Liz opted for a top rope ascent and managed the ascent with no difficulty.

 

 

The last two routes of the day were “Tomb raider F6a+” and “362 F5c” both fine multipitch sport routes which proved to be brilliant adventures. Descent was made by abseiling back down the routes.

 

Abseiling down Tomb raider

 

A beautiful day spent climbing a mixture of trad and sport in great conditions.

 

 

Lastly, I attempted to climb “Seams the same E1” back on the seamstress slab but half way up the clouds broke out of no-where and torrential rain lasted for about 20mins. I promptly got lowered back down and we took shelter before retrieving the rope when the rain stopped.

 

 

We then walked back out to a beautiful sunset over the Welsh mountains.

Watch the video HERE.

Author: Starting Point

My blog captures a range of outdoor adventure, each from its starting point, giving a first person account to the highs and lows of each exhilarating adventure. From climbing, mountaineering and camping to mountain biking, water sports and endurance type challenges. These are all my experiences brought alive to you through stories, pictures and video. Enjoy!

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