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thomaspomfrett on 27 Mar 2013
Hi,

With the winter set to continue in North Wales for some time we were thinking of heading to Gogarth for the first time to try and get some climbing in over Easter instead of just spending the whole time in Tremadog. Having not been there before I was looking for some advice...

I'm presuming that Holyhead Mountain will probably be OK but what about the main cliffs (e.g. Wen Zawn?).

Looking at the tide timetables it looks like the low tides are morning and evening and the swell is set to be fairly large with the moon fairly full at the moment and highish winds. It looks like the climbing should be out of the wind as it's forecast to be coming from the east but would people advise against it?

Any advice from regulars/burly seasoned sea cliff buffs would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers

Tom
mrchewy - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: Wen Slab doesn't get too much sun - climbed there in Nov and got the hotaches! South Stack is a far sunnier place, providing the sun's out of course.
Jonny2vests - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett:

I think you'd be far better off in Pembroke this time of year.
Chay - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: Hi Tom,

I spent much of my early(better days) climbing at Gogarth and Holyhead Mountain:

Holyhead mountain dries quickly due to the wind coming off the sea; the downside to that is it can be absolutely perishing belaying at the top/climbing. Catches the wind due to it's location.

Gogarth- as you know, Gogarth can be a pretty serious place if the weather comes in; Wen Zawn is pretty cold in the winter as said above it doesn't get too much sun. Castell Helen could be a good option with a few VSs to go at: Lighthouse arete, low in the grade and quite friendly- nice introduction to Gogarth, pel and Rap are also good. Shouldn't be as cold on these.

My advice would be to aim for something light Lighthouse arete; if you lead E1 drop a grade or two for your first Gogarth outing so you have enough in reserve if the weather turns etc.

Enjoy it, on a nice winters day Gogarth can be excellent.
C
Clay C - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett:

I did Cordon Bleu on the main cliff a few weeks ago and it was a great day out especially because we had the crag to ourselves. The wind was strong and cold (my hands went numb on the walk in), but once climbing we were well sheltered. I wouldn't have fancied climbing at Holyhead Mountain though, because it's quite exposed to the wind.

We just took plenty of warm clothes (i climbed most of the route in a belay jacket) and picked a route we knew we'd find fairly easy. Enjoy it if you do decide to go!

thomaspomfrett on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to Chay:

Thanks very much for the advice, looks like south stack area and some warm clothing might be the best bet then!

Cheers

Tom
mrchewy - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: May well see you there at some point. A 50m rope will just about let you abb down to the start, if you've cut some off the ends, then you may be in trouble. NW Passage is a cracking route at E1.
Chay - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to mrchewy: Brilliant route!

To op: NW Passage is excellent; if you feel good on the VSs/the sun is out it would be something to get on.

It's quite steep but on decent holds so it's not agony for cold hands; comfortable in it's E1 5b grade as well- It's been a while so don't hold me to that. Great positions too..

C
thomaspomfrett on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: Brilliant, hopefully see some of you down there then! Think we can sniff out a 60m rope for the abseils, last thing I want is an early winter bath...
Al Evans on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to Chay: If the sea is running, there's always the Upper Tier as well as Holyhead Mountain.
Chay - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to Al Evans: Upper tier has some nice routes in the OP's grade range: Bezel VS 5a is very good and park lane(?) E1 5b I think

ianstevens - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: Just a heads up that there's quite a lot of areas of Gogarth on bird ban (although clearly not all of them) at this time of year. Just something to bear in mind.
Chay - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to ianstevens: Pretty sure Castell Helen is ok now though? - Been a while for me so someone else may be able to confirm.
thomaspomfrett on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: Good point, thanks.

Looks like Castell Helen and Upper Tier are OK for bird bans:

http://www.thebmc.co.uk/modules/RAD/Search.aspx?r=34&s=46&t=&open=-1&banned=-1&r...

Tom
mrchewy - on 27 Mar 2013
In reply to thomaspomfrett: Cheers for the link - saved me looking.

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