Another bank holiday weekend in North Wales. This time, together with Martin Bagshaw, we visited some “legenday” climbing venues: Clogwyn Du’r Arddu (Cloggy), Gogarth and Llanberis slate quarry.
Winter climbing in the Polish Tatra Mountains with Ania Wojtiuk, Jacek Czajka and Krzysztof Treter. During 9 days we managed to climb some classic routes around Hala Gasienicowa: Klis, Srodkowe Zebro Granatow, Zebro Czecha followed by traverse of Granaty, Zebro Rzepeckich and Polnocny Filar Swinicy. Excellent weather, great company and beautiful mountains – what else could I ask for?
Kat wrote this article for the Chelmsford Mountaineering Club’s newsletter that never came out. I thought it was a real shame and decided to publish it here.
Late September trip to the Western Peaks. Weather was surprisingly good so I managed to climb several HVS’s including Don Whillans’s classic – “The Sloth”.
Weekend in Wye Valley with the Chelmsford Mountaineering Club. I managed to lead “Mushroom boys” (HVS, 5a) at Ban-Y-Gor and followed Martin B. on “The Firebird” (E1, 5a) at Wynd Cliff.
Not particularly successful trip – due to poor weather we spent most of the time either waiting in Torino hut or drinking beer in Chamonix. We only had a 1-day “weather window” during which we attempted to climb the Chere couloir (D, II, 4) on Triangle du Tacul. Unfortunately, navigation error meant that we started climbing a wrong route – Perroux gully (TD-, III, 4+, M5). Not knowing the route, we decided to abseil after four pitches. Later on, we received the Chelmsford Mountaineering Club’s 2014 Epic Award for this “adventure”.
On the bright side – we managed to do 2 pleasant rock routes:
- SE Ridge on Aiguille de L’Index (AD);
- Voie Caline (AD-).