more Observations from Underground

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”

A gentle finish to the blog rendezvous weekend

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.

Richard, Brendan and Dave with the Beddgelert Valley in the background
Richard looking over Mynydd Tal-y-migredd and Craig Cwm Silyn in the distance
Rachel, Dave and Richard (Courtesy of Brendan Marris)
View over Craig y Bera
Top o’ hill (Courtesy of Brendan Marris)

A rather gentle Sunday, with far less obstacles than Saturday’s mine trip!

More pictures from Croesor Mine…

Saturday’s trip into Croesor is documented by Pete, but here’s some of Brendan’s pretty pictures from the trip

The party prepares…
Kitting up near the entrance

…it was a fab day out, but Pete neglected to expand on some of the obstacles along the way! So, here’s a review More “More pictures from Croesor Mine…”

Welsh Blog Rendezvous

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!

Rachel, Brendan, Richard, Keith, Laetitia, Ian, and David near the Croesor mine entrance
Brendan on the first bridge obstacle. Before this there had been two 30 metre abseils and a fantastically exciting 50 metre cable zip-line across the first flooded section.
Laetitia and Keith coming across the final 50 metre flooded section, the Chamber of Horrors, in the in-situ canoe! Utterly amazing!
David crawling through the breakthrough point between the Croesor and Rhosydd mines. This was walled to demarcate the two mines and therefore two independently owned sources of revenue.
Pete, Richard, Brendan, David, Ian, Rachel, Keith, and Laetitia at the Rhosydd exit

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:

Chocolate dessert with special gold stars for champion bloggers!

Before we all set off on Sunday for various climbing and walking adventures I snapped this group shot in front of the Helyg garage…

Pete, Laetitia, Richard, Jon, Paul, Ian, David, Rachel, and Brendan outside 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.

Pete on Chwys
Laetitia showing that she is “smarter than the average bear” on Yogi
Pete on the first belay of Merlin Direct
Paul approaching the belay on Merlin
Paul climbing the superb crack of Merlin Direct
Paul nearing the finish of Merlin Direct