Monday, 5 July 2010
Soloing on the East Face of Tryfan & Tryfan Fach
Bit of a late start today as I had a hospital appointment in Wrexham to attend first, but after a quick blast down the A5 I was at Ogwen by midday. The dark clouds over Snowdonia in general seemed to be disapperaring fast & the sun was blazing once again.
I headed up to Heather Terrace on Tryfan's east face, and opted for a route I have not done before, South Gully. Ashton's guide book classes this as a grade 2 or 3 scramble, depending on wether you tackle the harder sections or not. I tried to make the route as hard as possible, but to be honest it still didn't feel like a grade 3 to me. Once I reached the last obstacle (a 10m dividing rib) I decided to spice things up a little, & headed out right up the front face on central buttress. This made things more interesting and went at about Vdiff maximum.
On my way back to the car I decided on a quick blast up Crack 2 (Diff) on Tryfan Fach with the continuation up the 'upper nose' of Tryfan Fach.
Top pic: South Gully & my buttress diversion. East Face of Tryfan.
Middle Pic: My Vdiff diversion up the face of Central Buttress. Pic taken from the South Summit.
Bottom: Tryfan Fach.