Monday, 28 September 2009

Anglesey Camping Meet

Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2009 past event.

Gail and AndyC on Lighthouse Arete.

A booking was made to use the campsite at an activity centre called Outdoor Alternative, near Rhoscolyn. This is conveniently situated for access to the Rhoscolyn cliffs, the sandy beach at Borthwen and the White Eagle public house. See the Outdoor Alternative website for detailed(and downloadable) directions.

The campsite is approximately seven miles from the parking at South Stack via Trearddur and Porth Dafarch, and it is a similar distance through Holyhead to the Breakwater Country Park for access to Wen Zawn and North Stack.

Since low tide will be between 9am and 10am during the visit, anyone with ambitions to visit a tidal venue will have to be well organised in the mornings. You can check the tide times for yourself on the Climbers' Club website.

For members who have not been before, the climbing at Gogarth generally requires, as a bare minimum, a competent and experienced leader able to comfortably lead VS and preferably with some HVS experience. Approaches are usually either by abseil or by scrambling traverses which require good sea conditions. Failure to complete a route here will have serious consequences, you have been warned.

The Main Cliff at Gogarth.

However, there is still plenty here to entertain the beginner and the inexperienced. Holyhead Mountain has a good selection of single and multi-pitch routes at most grades and is easily accessed on foot from the South Stack car parks.

Holyhead Mountain.

This trip incorporated an opportunity to explore the Rhoscolyn cliffs which according to the guide book offer the prospect of, amongst other things, some interesting single pitch climbs in the lower grades.

For anyone seeking inspiration, on our website there are lots of photos and reports from previous trips to Anglesey.

South Stack Lighthouse.