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Ed is a fireman, Ad is a doctor, and we are both mad keen climbers. Ed is a rock warrior, and a great all rounder too, Ad is steady at all disciplines, but particularly loves the hardships of winter climbing and mountaineering. He keeps fit running and on the bike. We are both from Shrewsbury, where the nearest we have to a climbing club is the shop 'Highsports'. The owner, Stuart is a famous climber and mountaineer, and keeps us locals psyched with a great shop, a great website ( http://www.highsports.co.uk/ ) and a great winter lecture series. Mad for it!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

BLACK LADDERS, Central Gully

A couple of weeks ago I managed to get over to North Wales with Tim Evans, for a quick blast on the Black Ladders. I had wedding duties the following day so we picked the relatively straightforward Central Gully (seen here as right hand line).

The route is a classic grade III gully and we couldn't have picked a better day for it. Bomber neve most of the way!

Despite the brilliant condition of the snow, there wasn't a lot of it! This made the cave pitch fairly interesting... Often this would be banked out, hence the grade III, but we had to climb a direct mixed line straight through. Bloody great pitch, but came close to flying several times!

Topped out in fantastic conditions about mid day.

And then home in time for wedding stuff! God I love North Wales!


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