Over the weekend the ClimbNow team had a meet up with some old friends in North Wales. On Saturday Euan and Paul visited Craig LLoer with Tina, Scott and Steve, whilst Andy, Rob and I climbed the Cneifon Arete before dropping down to climb on Clogwyn y Tarw.
On Sunday there was an early morning ascent of Lighthouse Arete on Castell Helen for Tina, Scott, Steve, Euan and Paul followed by a visit to the very hot Holyhead Mountain where they caught up with Andy, Rob and I who’d started there in the morning.
Monday saw a half day of climbing for the ClimbNow team at Penmaen Head before Euan and I headed north.
After a delivering an Hill and Moorland Leader Training Course with John for Falkirk Outdoors over the weekend I’ve been out cragging a couple of times this week with Euan taking in sport climbing at Balgone Heughs and Myopics and trad climbing at Black Crag near Loch Ordie. There are good routes at Black Crag, but it’s worth noting that it isn’t very well travelled and care should be taken with some of the rock. We removed a couple of large dangerous blocks from our warm up route.
Euan recently had a good few days with Paul after a scrambling and bivvying trip in the Cairngorms and climbing at Kingussie they met up with Portia to climb one of the quieter scrambles on Buachaille Etive Mor and for some climbing at Polney Crag.
May has seen a lot of changes, both in weather conditions and Covid restrictions and guidance. The month started with winter still being very present in the Scottish hills, which allowed us to get a couple of last wintery outings.
Focus changed for us through the month to rock climbing in both North Wales and Scotland; delivering National Governing Body Award training courses, such as Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountain Leader and Lowland Leader.
The highlight was probably Paul popping up with Finn to complete a traverse of the Skye Ridge in pretty favourable conditions.