When the rain comes in and desperation hits we turn to the experience of Derek to find somewhere climbable. Yet again he didn’t let us down and we had a cracking weekend.
The weekend in question was a bit of a special one. Derek’s friend and early MOB member Alan was over from Boulder, Colorado. Hard routes, a lot of banter and good eating ensued.
When D called me to organise the trip he intimated that it was going to be a ‘keen’ weekend. Predominantly all the trad routes were E1 and above and there was some tough sport climbing as well. Mark and I would have to get our arses in gear.
The first day was momentous for Mark, bagging his first E1. It was a lovely limestone route, technical and fingery with decent gear. Unsurprisingly he cruised up it with style and looked in complete control all the way. We followed that up with some nice sport routes on the lower tier.
The afternoon saw trials and tribulations on my part. I decided to get on my first E2 and a mixture of fear and tiredness forced me to bail to a rather handy ledge. To be honest I think I let the grade get to me, gripped a little too hard and got too pumped. Fortunately Mark finished off the route so we could retrieve the gear. He was seriously on form this weekend, first E1 and E2 in a day!
Alan had fond memories of climbing at Tremadog and it would serve as a nice trip down memory lane. Unfortunately when we woke on the Sunday we realised that the weather wasn’t going to play ball.
In the morning we sat nursing cups of tea, brimming with optimism as we waited for the crags to dry off. Alas, it wasn’t to be but our trip hadn’t been in vain. Alan and D had struck up a conversation with the proprietor and legend Eric Jones.
It was great to sit back and listen to Derek, Alan and Eric talk about old times, adventure, and near death experiences. As Eric talks you can see the passion he still has for life and at 75 he still has plenty of adventure left.
After an inspiring chat with Eric we had to make trails and we ventured back over to Llandudno. Derek and Alan bagged some classic trad routes on the upper tier and Mark and I spent the day playing about on some sport routes on the lower tier.
To wrap up the weekend Alan treated us all to dinner at the Great Kathmandu restaurant in Didsbury, Manchester. After a hard weekend, it was the ultimate ending, a nice cold cider and a spicy curry!