Just spent a couple of days in Snowdonia doing some ML practice; trying to log all those QMD’s, which when you live in the UK mountaineering stronghold of Suffolk is an achievement in its own right.
I decided to bring my dad on this trip who is a relative newbie, especially to these parts, and practice teaching and looking after a novice in the hills. We had looked at the Snowdon horseshoe, but as my normal track record on Snowdon horseshoe attempts seemed tor ear it’s head up again, I decided that given the wind conditions and the fact I had my Dad to look after that the classic up the Pyg down the miners route would have to satisfy me. That said I’m glad I insisted on an early start as it was rammed by the time we were halfway down. There was even snow left in patches.
Next day I decided the gentle Gribben ridge would be a good route, unfortunately my dad’s knee didn’t share my feelings about this picturesque route so I decided to get him down before it got any worse. But what a view we had.
Finally I had bought a new set of climbing shoes at Cotswold Rock Bottom in Betws Y Coed, very helpful staff. I decided to find some boulders and give them a go, however the first boulders that weren’t rammed were RAC boulders, for those of you familiar with these boulders you’ll know it ain’t the place to test brand new technical downturned, bouldering shoes. Much to my peril I was attempting to smear in some of the best edging and aggressive shoes I can wear, and they were brand new. 😦 Not the most comfortable climbing experience I’ve had.