AndyG and Pope Paul visited Ogwen early on Thursday. As they approached along the A5 through Bethesda, they did wonder if they had made the right choice of destination. Despite bright sunshine along the coast, and out across Anglesey, there were clouds on the mountain tops and layers of hill fog were clinging to the hillsides.
However, after a brief excursion along the old Nant Francon road in search of mobile phone reception, and a little exploration of the falls below Pont Pen-y-benglog, they set off up the hill to Clogwyn Bochlwyd.
Fortunately, by mid-morning, the cloud had cleared and the rest of the day was bright and sunny. They had the crag to themselves and saw no other climbers that day. There were just a few hillwalkers passing by on the main footpaths.
Although he has been climbing regularly indoors, this was Paul's first trip outside since his accident at Stanage. Also, Andy hadn't been out much since last year due to tendonitis, so both of them were looking for an easy day. They started with Arete and Slab 110ft Diff., followed by One Pitch Route 100ft HS, and finished off with Two Pitch Route 100ft Severe.
Then they packed up and drove to Rhyl in time for dinner and also to see the Tim Emmett lecture. This was most entertaining and covered rock climbing, mountaineering, BASE jumping and wingsuit flying, sometimes in combination. He also mentioned meeting a French parachutist who used a large block of concrete and three mobile cranes to catapult himself into the air. You can see more on this You Tube human catapult video.
All in all a good day out, good weather, pleasant climbing and an interesting evening's entertainment.