Easter @ Tremadog

I'd not been down to Tremadog for over 10 years and I was ready for a return trip. If you want to get the best out of climbing this venue you need to be climbing at least VS / HVS. The forecast wasn't looking to good but the decision was take to go down for 2 days and make the most of it. One bonus would be it might not be quite as busy as usual. It was funny reading in BMC Summit mag about Eric Jones he'd bought the cafe in 1979 the first time I'd gone down a young age of 17. My first climbing trip and in the 4 days we had I cut my teeth picking of the classic lines leading the VS's and seconding the HVS's. By the end of the week I was leading the HVS's and climbing well. Back there over 30 later Eric's still there and the barns changed little, and the climbing’s just as good. The forecasters fortunately got it wrong and we had better weather and not that crowded. Highlight of the weekend was Scratch Arete HVS 5a well worth going just to do that. Six turned out and everyone had a top time. I doubt I'll be around in another 30 years, but you never know. Thanks to Will Hardman and Mark Rothwell for two good days and to the lads for putting up with my Singing in the barn. (-:
Regards Derek

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