Despite a terrible weather forecast, 23 optimistic climbers headed for Clwyd over the weekend. As soon as the cars arrived Harry and Dom quickly got to work rigging hammocks in the roof of the hut. After a near-death experriance (half a clove hitch making it's way through a snapgate) Harry gave up and rigged under a table. Dom was successful and spent the night 7m off the ground.
A slow morning brought us to the crag just as the rain stopped. Harry ran up to Trevor Quary to see water literally pouring off the rock. "Probs not in". After consulting the guidebook, and basing the decision the one 5m stretch of dry rock, we all walked down to Independance Quarry. Joe and Harry set up some routes to get some top-ropes up. It's wet. It's chossy. Harry dogs a 5a. Joe dogs a 5a. Top ropes are set up and everyone gets a couple of routes in. Lots of people ake a good effort at Is This As Good As It Gets? (6c+ *). Not bad for a wet day.
After a night of good food and two truths and a lie we started early on Sunday, with the promise of dry rock. We made a return to Trevor Quarry. Dry rock meant many of the Freshers on the trip leading up the high 5's and some 6's. Randomly, we met a bunch of olds at the crag (who were in Chester for Alice's birthday), which was a pleasant surprise!
A "no spooks" (I don't know either) Halloween social was held at Cara, Ben and Robin's house last week. A good costume effort from most. After leaving the house a small after-party was hosted by Dom. One or two holes in the wall later everyone made it home safely.
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