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Month: June 2011

Widecombe Wall

We had yet another stunning day on Dartmoor yesterday. I met up with Joe after a days work walking on the moor to get the ropes out and try a route I hadn’t visited before at Chinkwell tor near Widecombe. The route “Widecombe Wall” turned out to be quite tricky in places, and not helped by the green lichen on the rock as it doesn’t get climbed too much. Great fun though and nice to climb something new so close to...

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North Wales Climbing/Scrambling/Mountaineering Course

I first met Alastair on Denali last year whilst on expedition. He was keen to meet up and focus on improving his technical skills in preparation for future Alpine and Expedition goals he has for the near-ish future. So last week we found ourselves in North Wales with an iffy forecast but plenty of enthusiasm and options for four days of scrambling and climbing. We went to a different venue each day gradually building on skills such as building belays, climbing technique and confidence. We culminated our training on the East face of Tryfan, one of the more spectacular mountains in North Wales.  We scrambled and climbed our way up a long route followed by a descent of a scramble to get us back to Heather terrace. We had timed the weather perfectly and were the only ones on the face, despite little Tryfan nearby being mobbed by climbers. It was a great four days, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with Alastair again in Scotland for some winter action! [nggallery...

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