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Climbers - use more than one point from which to belay. Mr Clarke should be ashamed

Places of Small Population

I was really climbing a mountain called Y Tryfan, which is relatively close to Beddgelert, although closer to Capel Curig, which seems to be missing from the Gazetter.  Hardly surprising, given it is home to a few Welsh people, more loaded English people and 10,000 sheep.

Legs, Faulty

It would seem I am unfit.  I knew I was getting fatter - office desks, alcohol and carbohydrates tend to do that.  But everything is beginning to creak and seize up.  I type this in a hotel room in Cardiff and I can feel very tight calves and thighs full of lactic acid.  I guess the four and a half hour drive North to South didn't help.

The view off of Tryfan
  In my defence, yesterday was hard work. An hour and a half climb up some serious rock and shrubber onto Heather Terrace - the start to many of Tryfan's better mutli-pitch climbs.  Then another 5 hours on rock, followed by a forty minute climb down to the car park.

All of this for views.  The mountain's main problem is the A5, which provides a slight background hum to an otherwise glorious vista. Bar that, the vision of mountains marching south and east under a bright autumn day was fabulous.  Something about sunny Octobers makes me feel more alive than any other time of the year.  Maybe it is the combination of sun and wind, and the depth of cold found in the shadowy parts of the mountains?  Or perhaps it is the death of summer bringing relative peace from summer's country hordes?  Who cares?  When it is like this, Wales rocks.

Mild Annoyance

Utterly off topic, but there is a news article currently blaming a complicated medical procedure after a car accident on the victim's stomach piercing.  It is a car accident, surely the blame lies with the drivers?

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The view off of Tryfan
The view off of Tryfan
The start of the climb...
The start of the climb...
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