/ PHOTO ARTICLE: The Llanberis Slate Quarries
Mark's images concentrate not only on the climbing, but capture the dark beauty of these abandoned holes.
PHOTO ARTICLE: http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=1543
Very good - love the rainbow shots - lovely
Yes, very good pics
No Goats though:
I am glad you like the more abstract stuff.
> Thanks Simon,
> I am glad you like the more abstract stuff.
I like the climbing shots too! - but the art of getting good abstract even in the stunning quarries is just that - an art! More of your work please!
Some great work there Mark.
The slate quarries just seem to be one big art installation... a rather large portion of my Flickr gallery is made up of shots from the quarries! I've still got an awful lot of places to explore and photograph... I almost like photographing the place more than the climbing! ;-)
Great evocative photos - makes me miss my old cottage up at Allt Ddu :o(
Yes, as David says, wonderfully evocative. Is there a hiraeth-type word for 'a longing for Welsh slate'?
Particularly loved the first Rainbow shot - you really brought out the power of this unique rock architecture.
And those discarded boots. Oh, if only they could talk, what tales of hardship (and maybe sporadic joy?) they could tell...
I am really glad that people seem to be appreciating the more abstract images as well.
Have you seen this one I took in the very early 80's Mark?
Lovely photos. I want to go.
Terrific - thanks.
That's a great collection of photos - thank you.
(And I like the route name "Where are my sensible shoes?")
Nice stuff Mark, captures the slate vibe in its essence...
Some quality pics there :)
Superb collection; brings the place to life...
As a Christmas present to you all I have put a film I made several years ago online, Between the Rain feature seven short films and some extras. I will hopefully get another of my films online for new year, as I have reached my upload limit for the week on vimeo.
The film can be seen on my blog, which is linked in this article.
Anyway I hope you enjoy, have a great christmas and play nice!
Never tire of the quarries,
some beautiful pics Mark x
Can I ask why "The Gorbals E4 6a" gets an E grade when its a bolted route? Or is it mix?
Sorry if this is ignorance on my part but a question isn't stupid if you don't know the answer.
Because it's not the use of bolts per se that makes a route a sport route. I don't know this route in particular but it's probably either going to be mixed gear or 'spicily' bolted (ie the bolts are there but you need a trad mentality to do the route).
There are many many slate routes which are 'sportingly' bolted - it's one of the things that makes climbing there so unique. Usually such routes are given a trad grade, as they require a trad mentality, and can not be worked in the same way as a sport route. However there are also plenty of well-bolted sport routes, which are given a sport grade. The system seems to work.
If you want to know more of the history of this then do a search of the forums (it's been covered many times before).
Lovely photos Mark, I really do miss the slate.
Hopefully I am not asking too much?
I might start putting images in the FS/wanted section as I am asking under well under £100 for each one.
Many thanks for that Alun.
It does beg the question why bolt something "sportingly", but I'll have a dig around this site for the answer before we get too off topic.
Below is the info from the wiki but firstly in answer to your question; people bolt things sportingly for two reasons. 1. Because they don't want to or can't afford to spend money on bolts(mainly back in the 80's and 90's). 2. To make the route a little more exciting with more of a run out trad feel to it despite the bolts. This was taken to the extreme in the quarries particularly on the Rainbow slab.
'Gorbals E4. New bolts the first bolt was lowered and the RURP replaced with a higher bolt, another bolt was added below as the rock is friable, and although there is gear it is all behind loose flakes, another bolt may well be added to the start because the gear was poorer than initialy thought when it was re-equipped and Lower off. 10/06'
Lovely photo's by the way Mark, seems like alot of folk have enjoyed them too. nice one. Jon Ratcliffe
Great photos as usual :)
No pictures of the lost world /mordor?
I still have quite a few photos from new slate routing that you did back in late 90s :)
Magpie I am glad you enjoyed the photos
hey fella, some absolutely cracking shots, i'm well impressed. i'll be back home all summer - we should get back onto two bolts...
Great photos. Makes me really want to go.
Also Adam Hocking looks like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer!
just brought back some memories there. Love the shot of the chalk line going up "Comes the Dervish", actually preferred "Last Tango in Paris" to the right.
Also the crux of "Bella Lugosi is Dead". The fist time I did it I didn't have any cams. It made it a tad more interesting!
Should be a photo of the "California Arete" in there. Part of the lore.
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