Sat 4th Sep - Sun 5th Sep, 1999
Present: Chris Williamson, Colin and Roisin Maddison, Dave (Tinkerbell) Bone, Dave (Malcolm) Garland, Duncan Lee, Al Metelko, Sean Kelly, Elaine Beaulieu, Steve Swygart and family, Sabina Cosulich.
In defiance of the great myth that climbing in the Crafnant might be bad for your health, a number of courageous and enterprising individuals (well, a few KMC members) ventured to this beautiful unspoiled spot hidden away in the Carneddau. The meet leader had forgotten to order the weather in English, with the unexpected result of a scorching hot weekend. However, instead of defecting straight away to shady Cloggy, the brave and valiant individuals endured the excitingly hot temperatures in the Crafnant Valley whilst battling their way up climbs such as Orchid (HVS5a), Rainbow (HVS5a), Piano Piece (HVS5a), The right finish (VS4c) and Little Cludge (HS) on Two Tier Buttress and Phoenix (E2/35c) on S.H. wall. Saturday evening saw the heat exhausted party consuming a large number of bottles of beer, wine and whisky in the enchanting Mynydd climbing hut. At this point, Al and Elaine turned up in true Al style, after having had a few quick diversions to go and lead Cracked actor (E25b) on Trowbarrow on Friday night and Strand (E25b) on Gogarth on saturday. The next day, the challenge presented itself again when the hard and gnarly individuals discovered to their horror that it was probably going to be as hot, if not hotter than the previous day. Needless to say, at this point the meet leader tactfully decided it was far too hot (!) to climb. Therefore, Chris won the booby prize of following Duncan on Astoroth (E25c), amidst complaints of being blinded by sweat running into his eyes. The added bonus was the inability to see the big drop below. Meanwhile, in their true courageous style (err... still talking about KMC members here!), the meet participants endured another day at the crag, followed by a quick revolt to head for a swim in the lake/cup of tea in the hut, leaving Tinkerbell and Malcolm in full epic mode on Jug Hundle (VS5a, Forestry Buttress). Thank you to all for enduring the heat and wine drinking sessions.
Cwm Crafnant is a beautiful secluded valley situated on the Southern edge of the Carneddau. It offers great variety of climbing (classic routes include Route I** 3 pitch S, Blue Lights Wall** 2 pitch VS 4c, Rainbow** HVS 5a, Phoenix*** E2 5c) as well as great possibilities for walking.
We will be staying at Blaen-y-Nant, the Mynydd Climbing Club Hut (OS 738603, sheet 107 -£4/night).
The guidebook describes the ambience of the place as more conducive to gentle strolling and tea drinking than hard rock climbing... should suit the KMC down to the ground.
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