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.
It hardly seems possible, yet another year draws to a close and just like all of us the blog grows a year older!
Incredibly the site now gets around two million hits every month! 😯 Of course these readers come from a diverse range of sources, stuff like: WordPress Plugin users; disappointed BMW run-flat tyre drivers; cake eating connoisseurs; and most importantly, adventurers! 😛 And what a lot of adventure and fun we’ve all been having in the past year…
This December I will be celebrating a birthday that is divisible by 10 and hence I thought that perhaps I should organise a party. Hence this post is to gauge your interest…
I was thinking of a blog rendezvous-style weekend, but with more cake and a few other invitees, but most certainly with a focus on ‘doing something fun outdoors’.
So, the options are:
Derbyshire: stay in a bunk barn, go climbing, walking, caving, running, orienteering
South Wales: stay at Whitewalls, go climbing (there’s some in the quarrys above Whitewalls apparently), walking, caving, running, orienteering (less likely)
Let me know your preferences via the poll below, or alternatively send me an email.
Would you be interested in attending?
- Yes (100%, 13 Votes)
- No (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 13
Which location do you prefer (if no preference tick both)?
- Derbyshire (77%, 10 Votes)
- South Wales (54%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 13
What dates are you available (tick all that apply)?
- 17-18th September (77%, 10 Votes)
- 15-16th October (69%, 9 Votes)
- 22-23rd October (69%, 9 Votes)
- 1-2nd October (54%, 7 Votes)
- 8-9th October (54%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 13
What is your favourite cake?
- Chocolate (46%, 6 Votes)
- Fresh and fruity (23%, 3 Votes)
- Spongy (15%, 2 Votes)
- Dense fruity (8%, 1 Votes)
- Alcoholic (8%, 1 Votes)
- Pastry-encased (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 13
I’ll call the poll finished once this post falls off the front page into oblivion.
Yet another year of adventuring is drawing to an end. 🙁 However, spring isn’t that far away and the rock climbing shoes can come out to play again soon! 😛
So for now lets hope the rest of the winter is as cold and fair as it has been so far. Just as soon as Xmas is out of the way we can get on with the serious business of climbing ice – which we all know is just (arm) training for rock climbing. Then all we need to do is hope that spring 2011 is as dry as it was in 2010. Who’d have thought the Lakes could suffer a hose pipe ban?
The eagerness to check the blog every day to see what adventures people have had is still there; the excitement when there’s a new adventure report is as big as ever, it’s like playing a small part in or experiencing a little of that adventure too!
Some weird stuff happens out there in the blogosphere!
I got this e-mail out of the blue this morning More “Surprising: #2 UK Outdoor Recreation Blog?!”
Despite six months of notice and lots of positive votes for all sorts of activities support for this year’s rendezvous dropped off severely. Was it because of the weather? Not sure really – more likely just a lack of enthusiasm and commitment! 😥
Anyhow, Saturday started dry albeit very grey and overcast. So we took the opportunity to quickly (Huh? Two hours later!) cut the grass and harvest a bumper crop of red currants (another two hours of tedious work).
However, even with all that gardening there was still time to get the mountain bikes out before the Rendezvous-proper kicked off… Ah, the benefit of living in one of Lakeland’s best mountain biking valleys! 😛 Although by now the rain had arrived and we spent the whole journey in the rain. 😳
Not much of a rendezvous! :angry: The second blogger’s rendezvous was very poorly attended – only the uber keen Rachel & Richard joined us. 🙁 That said, clearly word had got out, even Alan Hinkes had heard it was the event of the year and made an appearance… Oh OK, he was here to enjoy himself like everyone else at the growing Staveley Beer Festival. How much bigger will it get? We wondered if in years to come if it might becomes the South Lakes ‘Glastonbury’!
We enjoyed some Manuka Beer inspired by a recipe from New Zealand, Richard’s homeland…
The Manuka Beer site seems to be offline, so here’s some background:
Manuka Beer was brewed for the first time as long as 200 years ago. The sailors under Captain James Cook, British explorer, seafarer, and cartographer, were the first to taste manuka beer, made from the leaves of the manuka plant or the New Zealand ‘tea tree’. They were introduced to the plant by New Zealand’s indigenous population, the Maori, who for countless generations had used the manuka plant as a medicinal herb both on its own or added to their cooking. Today, manuka honey is known for it’s wholesome, health giving qualities due to its high concentration of natural antioxidants which protect the body from negative outside influences.
The festival was quite lively despite the now drizzly rain…
Sunday’s weather turned out much better than Saturday (as forecast) and Rachel wanted to get out rock climbing – well that’s my favourite activity, so it was game on! 😀 The old reliable Shepherds Crag was selected…