It was raining in most of Wales on Sunday. "Quelle surprise!" I hear your French pals saying. However the experienced climber always has a little gem of hard earned knowledge tucked away for moments such as this. A little nugget of local information to lighten the darkness and provide a glimmer of hope. Often when it is wet and cloudy on the higher peaks of Snowdonia, it remains dry and relatively bright on the pleasant south facing coastal crags of Tremadog.
It was not surprising then, that when AndyG and Pope Paul arrived at Eric's Cafe they should just happen to bump into Jonah and PaulV coming out of the front door with big steaming mugs of tea in their hands. Shortly afterwards we were also joined by Dave, Derek, Paul and Trevor. More members in one place than on an official club meet!
After a bacon butty and a mug of tea, AndyG led Pope Paul up Scratch 170ft VS 4b whilst photographing Jonah and PaulV on Scratch Arete 200ft HVS 5a. Leading Scratch was a personal milestone for Andy because he had been led up it years ago whilst on a beginners' course at Plas y Brenin.
Meanwhile Jonah and PaulV had moved on to Poor Man's Peuterey 200ft Severe while, on their recommendation, AndyG led Pope Paul up Scratch Arete.
After 370ft of climbing in the warm afternoon sunshine AndyG and Pope Paul were ready for a break. However Jonah and PaulV, keen as ever, continued with Meshach 190ft HVS 5a. Returning to the cafe, we spotted several familiar faces and acquaintances from the Liverpool and Warrington climbing walls. Meanwhile, it appeared that the others had already left, presumably because Trevor was ready for the pub.
After a few more mugs of Eric's finest tea, Pope Paul and AndyG set off for the drive back through a still overcast and rainy Snowdonia, and marvelled at our good fortune in accomplishing such excellent climbing on such an apparently bad day.