Last week we were visiting Chamonix for a week of winter sports. We weren’t sure the skiing would be up to much as this year as there has been very little snow. So we had prepared for what might be ideal alpine winter climbing conditions. However, as it turned out there was a large dump of snow over the first weekend of our trip, and there is nothing that beats skiing fresh powder! More “Chamonix CC & Birthday Skiing”
It’s become a bit of a tradition to take the first week of February as a skiing trip; it offers two fantastic things, usually some of the best snow conditions, and the week incorporates my birthday. Why not? I pay pay for the queen to have a holiday on her birthday every year, why shouldn’t I have one too? (Oh, and it adds special spice to the après ski enjoyment! 😛 ) More “Grands Montets Powder”
On Boxing day I went skiing with Uncle Pete and Aunty Tish in Brevent. Mummy, Daddy and Oliver wanted to practice a bit more on the blue slope, but I wanted to do something a bit more exciting. More “Skiing off Piste”
This Christmas I went skiing in Chamonix with Uncle Pete and Aunty Tish. We arrived on the Sunday before Christmas and spent the first day at Planards to get our ski legs back. More “Skiing in Chamonix”
My first time climbing in the outstanding Red Rocks in Nevada… Solar Slab route was super busy with climbers due to the nearby RR Canyon State Park being affected by the US government temporary shutdown. More “Solar Slab, Red Rocks in Nevada”
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 of the 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.
Our last day of holiday coincided with the Hungarians’ first. John took the day off and Terry climbed with Istvan and Dalma on Kuk Tisa, just at the entrance to the Park.
Here’s a short video of Dalma’s dog which I thought very funny…