Monday, 23 June 2008

A Typical Day in Wales

Beginners' Meet Ogwen Valley 21st - 22nd June with Ken Mac

Unfortunately the beginners didn't get much climbing done this weekend. Although regular visitors to the principality will not be surprised by the conditions, it turned out that this was not the usual Welsh wet weather and that it was just as bad, if not worse, in the Lakes.

Anyway, here are a few of Fiona's photographs from the weekend.

These two photos, one above and one below, are taken looking across the Tanygrisiau Reservoir in the direction of Craig y Clipiau, one of Y Moelwynion.

The buildings on the left of the picture above, are part of the hydroelectric power station which uses the Tanygrisiau Reservoir. On the hillside above the power station are some of the other Moelwynion crags including Clogwen yr Oen which is home to Kirkus's Climb Direct 64m Severe 2*. This is a remarkably steep and exposed route for the grade and is well worth a return visit.

This is the oil fired steam locomotive Prince on the restored Ffestiniog Railway which runs from the slate mines of Blaenau Ffestiniog down to Porthadog on the coast, from where the slate was once transported by ship.