Saturday, 25 July 2009

Give away Project of the Month -July

It is my intention to provide the infrequent visitors to this blog a freebie, in the form of some virgin rock. Sometimes a boulder, sometimes something slightly larger, mostly stuff too hard, or far away for me..
This overhanging edifice is up in Cwm Ffynnon, the sharp eyed viewers amongst you will have spotted the bouldering mat below to gain scale, the notch in its snout is the termination of a slopey ramp that feeds in from the other side. All in all, its a biggy and the TR is more like a bridge swing. GR SH645570.

Miles of bog per cool find...

It Seems to be a ratio of about 20 miles per boulder problem, and loads more for new routes. Quarry foraging is a lot easier..
Oh well, this little beauty is Quack Crack, a V4, 45 degree overhanging 20ft hand crack, with about 5 extra footholds besides the crack. Its out in the wilds of Dyffryn Mymbyr.

Friday, 24 July 2009

A quick wander...

Having chosen to dive into the random world of blog, I thought I'd better start as I mean to go on and describe the last outing. Nowt special, was able to exit work early, and as I wasn't due to recapture my 9 month son for a few hours, I decided to quest out to the top of cwm glas bach, to examine that elusive breed; undescribed cracks!

Having entered fatherhood, my interests have moved away from tottering slate rubble epics and onto that safer alternative, offwidth cracks. So off I set to scope out "fear of infection" and the many cracks surrounding it that didn't fit the guide.

First obstacle was crossing the stream, as the levels were up and the bridge in bits and full of diggers. A wobbly tree below Craig Du deposited me safely over and a scramble past Craig cwm glas bach led me past slime, sheep-goats (they get very friendly up here), moss and billberries (yum yum). This lead to somewhere (not quite sure) and then some slithering down gullies, tree trunks, vertical bogs and wobbly rocks, lead to the "fear". Looks cool, and not to seepage troubled, unlike the approach, which as my decent, included more dampness, some rock fall, an abandoned croc(not mine- lacking hippyfeet), and some "maybe" projects... Watch this space.