Sunday, 8 April 2012

Grants and Snow

More news... Conor's trip to London was successful, and I am happy to say that we are now being supported by the Mount Everest Foundation.
This organisation was set up in the wake of the 1953 Everest Expedition to support expeditions in the greater ranges and has been behind most of the great expeditions of the past 50 years. It's a privilege to be supported by them!

Rónán, Conor, Alek and Vladimir met again last week in Llanberis, North Wales on what was intended as a QUBMC trad climbing trip. The previous week of glorious weather and tops off climbing at Fairhead gave way when this happened:

heavy snows destroyed one tent and collapsed another. Midnight damage control ensued, with many retreating to a barn. Unusual for April, but perfect training - with the expedition tents surviving and those in them remaining nice and toasty. Yaaaay.
Perfect conditions followed, allowing for some excellent alpine-style days int he hills, moving together and linking up classic ridges such as Sub-Cneifion and Cnefion Arete and scrambling on Tryfan and the Glyders. Perfect!

We also got to test stoves, and discuss gear. Getting there, slowly but surely!

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