MIA Training

Sunday, 10th August 2014 by
Scrambling and short roping skills on the north ridge of TryfanRecently I spent nine days at Plas y Brenin in North Wales on the Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) training course.

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Llanberis Tradfest Weekend

Monday, 30th June 2014 by
Ben Anderson & Mark Almack on Pull My DaisyLast weekend was the Llanberis Tradfest – a celebration of traditional climbing based in North Wales’ Llanberis Pass. The event was laid on through a collaboration between DMM, The Climbers’ Club, and V12 with additional support from Scarpa and The North Face.

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Clogwyn y Grochan

Monday, 16th June 2014 by
Colin on the test-piece route Wind at Clogwyn y GrochanAfter providing support and photographic services to Laetitia and Vicky at the Great North Swim in Windermere on Saturday morning it was time for me to high-tail it to North Wales for a CC committee meeting.

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A Hot Welsh Bank Holiday

Wednesday, 28th August 2013 by
Pete posing on top of the final tower of Amphitheatre ButtressThe weather forecast for the bank holiday weekend was quite variable. But that – as usual – seemed to just be the forecasters generalising for the rest of us what those in the south-east would experience! Whereas the north-west looked like it would have great summer weather. On a bank holiday!!

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Rhoscolyn

Sunday, 4th August 2013 by
The view back across to Snowdonia from Anglesey.  With heavy summer rain clouds over the mountains!We've been to Rhoscolyn a few times before, but never before have we bothered to look beyond the direct approach to Rhoscolyn's Llawder crag from the parking near the church.

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Ogof Ffynnon Ddu, Fault Aven Series

Wednesday, 29th May 2013 by
The Fault Aven area is a series of high level passages above the First River Chamber in the main streamway of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu. This area is unique in that Pom Pom Passage is the only part of the cave to be formed on the southern side of the OFD stream-way. Here’s a video report […]

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Bank holiday in South Wales

Wednesday, 29th May 2013 by
The OFD Columns and Richard (photo courtesy of Brendan Marris)We spent the Sunday and Monday of the bank holiday weekend caving in South Wales. On Sunday we met Brendan and a new Dudley recruit, Laura, at Penwyllt, the South Wales Caving Club HQ. After numerous cups of tea we kitted up and headed up to Top Entrance of OFD. Our destination was The OFD […]

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CSS Annual Dinner

Sunday, 27th January 2013 by
The view from Whitewalls with snowDespite snow falling thick and fast at home and despite our road being like an ice rink, we headed to Whitewalls for the annual dinner weekend. The roads were pretty clear until we reached Brymawr. A small icy hill was impassable and left us finding another way round to the start of the tramroad which […]

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