Spring Rock

On May 22, 2014 by Tim Neill

After a long winter mostly away from home I’ve been making the most of not wearing crampons and dry rock. Straight after the Scottish winter, with a number of friends, I was keen for loads of mileage in North Wales doing a few “new to me” routes and also getting pumped on old favourites. With Calum Muskett we even managed to link up some of the biggest jugs in Wales on Gogarth Main Cliff to piece together an ace E1 which might become popular as it travels through the middle of the best E5s and 6s!

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Main Wall….E1 5a/b

In that first week I managed to fluke a few E5s too….more through keenness than any fitness. This was balanced out with a holiday to the Gorges du Tarn with friends and family. A couple of weeks of steep airy climbing certainly helps.


Esme climbing the same grade as her age!!

We visited the Gorges du Jonte for some stern longer routes amongst the towers and vultures. A very beautiful and testing place….

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More close to home while delivering the Alpine Lectures for the BMC ( https://www.thebmc.co.uk/alpine-skills-lectures-2014 ), Rob and I managed stacks of great climbing between venues. The highlight was a visit to Ogmore near Cardiff.


On the amazing Spellbinder at Ogmore.

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On Fire….another character enhancing Pat Littlejon experience!

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Climbing Bionics Wall at the rainproof New Mills Tor…

At home we’ve enjoyed a good dry run in the mountains and good conditions out on the coast….with a little fitness gained and psyche I’ve managed a few routes that’ve escaped over the years and a few niggles have been put to rest too.

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Nexus Direct, Llanberis Pass

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Glastonbury (2) topo for si

A couple of photos of an ace route at South Stack called Hanging Out At Glastonbury…highly recommended…

At PYB I’ve been doing a variety of fun weekend work…lots of Alpine skills prep and some Big Wall training too, so plenty of variety…..

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Aid climbing at the Grochan, Llanberis Pass

Next plan is a rock climbing trip to Ireland….we’re planning to visit the Burren out west and Fairhead up north….should be great!

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