I was just a little worried with the description of the proposed mine trip. The “bridge of death”, and a dingy that kept deflating had me very close to going for a walk above ground. But Pete’s enthusiasm “it’ll be a great adventure!!” finally won me over. More “more Observations from Underground”
After Saturday’s blog rendezvous activities, described here and here, we spent Sunday catching up on our daylight deficit by taking a walk up Mynydd Drws-y-Coed. Dave, Brendan, Richard and I met at Rhyd Ddu and started our gentle walk. After only about 10 mins of walking, we’d already got our feet soaking wet as the ground was very boggy around Llyn y Gader. As we walked through the forest of Parc Cae Cra, the ground didn’t get much better and I got completely covered in mud falling over multiple times (we obviously didn’t get sufficiently muddy during Sunday’s activities!). Soon we were out of the quagmire and onto a good path, which led up a really quite lovely ridge to the top of Mynydd Drws-y-Coed. Once on the top we had a healthy feast of blog rendezvous leftovers, including crisps, lemon pancakes with sultanas, lemon drizzle cake and chocolate biscuits! Once fed, we walked onto the summit of Y Garn and then back down to Rhyd Ddu.
A rather gentle Sunday, with far less obstacles than Saturday’s mine trip!
Croesor-Rhosydd Through Trip
The Croesor Rhosydd through trip connecting these two extensive and ancient slate mine workings has been on my list of must-do adventures in North Wales for ages. However, we only generally go to Wales when the sun is out, and then we go rock climbing. This time was different though, the through trip was the main objective for Saturday’s adventuring on the blog rendezvous weekend…
Although I’ve done the trip in to Rhosydd and out of the top exit in West Twll many times, as this only requires wellies (although I have done it in sandals, albeit with very very cold feet, and just a mini-maglite for illumination) the trip through from Croesor requires much more commitment, skill, and equipment, but the rewards are far bigger!
Were the years of procrastinating about the through trip worth the wait? Yes! What a brilliant and exciting trip! The zip-line and boat crossings were particularly fantastic. Oddly some of the cavers in the group were saying things like, “I’m so glad I’ve ticked this trip, now I never have to come back”! Conversely, I can’t wait till the next wet day in North Wales! No longer will it be a case of wondering what to do in-lieu of climbing, we’ll be straight in to Croesor-Rhosydd.
What else? Oh yeah, a big thank-you to Keith and Brendan, for having half an idea of where we were going! 😛
Rendezvous Dinner & Helyg
We’d booked one of the CC‘s hut, Helyg, for our sole use over the weekend to hold the fourth rendezvous-meet of authors of reports on this site. With the highlights of the meet being a celebration four course meal, a (hopefully humorous) review of the past year of blogging pictures, events, and stats, and a quiz (with prizes) all held on Saturday evening. I thought the celebrations were great fun, I hope everyone else did too. Unfortunately I had so much fun I forgot to take many pictures! But we did get this one of the awesome chocolate dessert! :yum:
Before we all set off on Sunday for various climbing and walking adventures I snapped this group shot in front of the Helyg garage…
As predicted the weather on Sunday was dry and sunny! Having had such a terrible summer so far this year with record rainfall the climbers were keen to get out and climb a few routes. Tremadog was selected as the venue as it offered climbing options at all grades should the cavers fancy a go. As it turned out though the caving team headed out to walk a section of the Nantlle ridge instead, leaving us to climb a few routes on Tremadog’s sun kissed rock in between trips to Eric’s Café.