/ Wye Valley this weekend - conditions?
Bits Of Symonds Yat stays dry but you need to negotiate the muddy paths!
I found a new crag just up the road this afternoon. Bone Dry. That said its only 5m high and 30m long and it's covered in ivy.
I was amused to read an account by Henry Barber of one of his earlier visits to East Germany (as was) during which Herbert Richter showed him his local training crag that he had basically dug out of the hillside; it was - let's say - about 10m high and 20m long. On a return visit a few years later Barber was impressed to note that, through strenuous labour on the part of his host in the interim, the dimensions had pretty much doubled! Can I lend you a spade?
The yat will have climbable routes, but seriously slippy at the bottom around certain parts i.e between introductory rocks and snoozin suzy. Wintours can dry - North/fly Wall/zelda area would be my bet (you personally need to do wurlitzer!).
What about Tintern?? Bolted and out of the wind. Contrary to some opinion there are some good routes - crystal wall. (2X 6b+**!!)
Shorn cliff will have dry routes, but you want to know the forecast is stable for the whole day to get the best of it.
As with all wye valley routes at this time of year - watch the loose stuff!!
Hope you have a good one - let me know
Some tough spadework would certainly add a metre or two, but I think the effort would be more profitable to my much neglected garden.
I reckon your best chance of dry rock tomorrow is Wynd Cliff Left Hand crag (or at least, the RH end of it, where Sinew and Fibre and The Don are). If there is any sunshine in the morning that will dry out, possibly even faster than Wyndcliff Quarry. The far right end (Klute et al) of the RH crag also dries quickly, but more so later in the day.
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