Gogarth

Once again, the weather gods smiled on the Gogarth meet. Forecasters were issuing warnings of monsoon like rain, and it certainly didn’t look great on the M56, but the magic Holyhead microclimate saved the day. An overcast start to the day meant there was no stampede to the crag, but the sun was poking through by early afternoon and it was soon cracking the flags.

Jake, Stan and I headed for sunny  Roscolyn and fallen block zawn. Jake led The Viper, a steep and slightly brittle E4, then I did Savage Sunbird with Stan before leaving Stan and Jake for a final route while I started BBQ preparations.

The Porth Dafarch Beach was basking in evening sunshine as the climbers returned for the barbecue, to be joined by walkers, paddlers and those whose main plan was to catch up with friends and enjoy the craic. In all we had 63 members and guests over the weekend. Hundreds of lumps of meat (and soya!) we’re duly burnt to a crisp by an expert team of flippers  (big thanks to Jill and Stan for sous chef duties) and a lot of beer was consumed around the bonfire. The last log was thrown on at about 1am and the last stragglers headed for their tents and vans soon after.

More early mist gave time for heads to clear too, and things were warming up nicely by late morning. Jake and Helen made an early departure leaving Stan and me to do Atlantic Wall and Twixt the Devil and the deep on Castle Helen  before heading over to Yellow Wall. Here we managed a Pergyl Moon link up owing to poor route finding ; -) Quite a combo!

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