Thursday, 5 February 2015

Welsh Mixed Action

Today I grabbed a winter climbing day in North Wales.  Brad and I walked in to the Black Ladders and climbed the classic Flanders VII,7***.  This route has a real mixture of rock and turfy mixed climbing in it's 300m, with some bold climbing thrown in.  I led the crux pitch, which had some very unhelpful verglass.  This gave the pitch an insecure feeling at times and made gear placement a bit dubious.  The climbing was excellent throughout the route, really living up to it's billing.  Definitely a must for those climbing at the grade.
Arranging gear to start the steep groove above

Brad enjoying the steep turf climbing 4

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