I’ve spent the last two days working for the Rock Climbing Company on an interesting course. There was one client, Stuart, who has recently done a Mountain Leader Training Course, and was told during his debrief at the end of that course that he needs to do more ropework to get really slick. So, he booked a course with me through Silvia and Simon at the Rock Climbing Co.

Yesterday I took him to Clogwyn Mawr, or the Dragon’s Back, between Llanberis and Nant Peris, and we had a great day going through all the ML ropework. We also went on to Lion Rock afterwards, as he is keen to learn more advance skills such as building belays for low-grade climbing and scrambling.

Today we headed up into The Nameless Cwm, Cwm Cneifion (surely that’s a name?), and hit the bottom of the Cneifion Arete as the heavens opened.

We geared up, and by the time we were over the first two pitches of this superb Grade 3 scramble, which are the only slightly difficult bits of the entire scramble, it was turning into a really nice day. Well done to Stuart for getting up the Arete, and still smiling!

 

Stuart at the start of the Cneifion Arete today.
Stuart at the start of the Cneifion Arete today.
On the 2nd pitch - the Greasy Chimney!
On the 2nd pitch – the Greasy Chimney!
Moving along the airy arete
Moving along the airy arete
Superbly situated. but easy scrambling, high on the Cneifion Arete
Superbly situated. but easy scrambling, high on the Cneifion Arete
Looking down the final sections of the Cneifion Arete
Looking down the final sections of the Cneifion Arete

 

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