Eleven club members have successfully completed the Mountain Skills assessment last week end in the Comeraghs. A written exam was followed by a personal hill-gear check. Weather conditions on Sat were absolutely horrendous and great credit is due to the candidates who had to navigate in gale force winds with near horizontal rain. Sunday was a brighter, showery day and candidates showed their skills in feature recognition. The positive completion of this course adds to the strength of the club with a greater number of members who have upgraded their skills both in 1st aid and navigation. Well done to all, and the club committee will be delighted to include any of these members as assistant leaders on the Autumn schedule if they so wish.
As the numerous photographs have shown, an extremely successful trip, on many levels, took place to North Wales over the Easter break. A total of 23 club members climbed the wonderful mountains of the Snowdonia National Park in amazing weather conditions. Snowdon itself, at 1085m, was the aim of the trip and unfortunately it was the poorest day in terms of visibility, so it may mean a return trip for some. Routes taken were the Pyg track or the famous Crib Goch ridge. The group enjoyed ‘sos beag’ in the newly refurbished cafe at the summit! Descent routes followed the Snowdon horseshoe route, or for the ‘die hards’, Crib Goch!
Other routes over the week included : Circuit of Cwm Llafer, Crib Lem Ridge, Scrambling on the North Ridge of Tryfan, Scrambling Bristly Ridge onto the Glyders, Y Gribben Ridge, Devil’s Kitchen, Llyn Ogwen and Y Garn.
There was a scrambling instruction day directed by Colin Gibbon and Paul Norris from Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre where many of the group learned how to safeguard short steps with minimum equipment.
A small number of the group climbed at Tremadoc and also on Little Tryfan.
A return is a must for all!
Below some images from the club’s Easter trip to Snowdonia with thanks to Micheál Brennan.