Just had a great four days in Snowdonia. The weather was kind and we got some ace routes in. First I stayed with a mate that lives up near Llanberis called Nick, he's a bit of a beast and my arms and nerves normally ache by the time we have finished our days out together. He suggested Gogarth as a crag to head to. (Luckily) he wasn't eyeing up anything super hard but he got straight on Aardvark and I just about seconded it ok, not quite the warm up I was hoping for, but I was climbing with Nick after all. As it was my lead, I chose a route called Scavenger on Gogarth main cliff, as I had not been that far along into this monster of a sea cliff before. We lead it in 3 pitches, the sun was shining and it was a pleasure to be out. I had to meet two mates that afternoon so we headed back to the vans after that.
Soon after I met up with Matt and Dave, two friends from Bristol that I knew from the climbing centre. They were up for the weekend and I had said I would take them out to do some stuff. The following day we headed to Holyhead Mountain and got the guys busy. after seconding a few routes and practicing building bomb-proof anchors and abseiling they both lead a route each. We then headed to Llanberis for a curry in Spice of Llanberis.
The following day we drove to the excellent climber's Eric Jones's Cafe underneath Tremadog, and after a hearty (or heart defying) breakfast, we completed the two minute walk-in to the crag. We climbed a lovely Hail Bebe in two pitches followed by a long retrievable abseil back down and a bite to eat. Next Clapton's Crack was searched out. A great first pitch but the second pitch slightly lets the route down. A two pitch ab' and we were back down to the bags. We had enough time to go through some assisted hoist training (which can sometimes come in very useful!)
Matt and Dave headed back to Bristol and I stayed up in North Wales. The following day I hooked up with Jemma and Nick and headed for a short session in the slate quarries where we climbed the classics; Seamstress, Seams the Same, and Looning the Tube. There was still snow patches in the shadows of the quarries but we managed to keep our fingers warm enough. The Quarries here could easily be seen as a terrible mark of human impact on the natural environment, but I think they have a strange historic atmosphere and beauty, although maybe my romantic ideals are a reason humans feel they have the right to carve a massive hole in the side of Mother Earth in the first place? Either way, a great four days...