/ What to do on a climbing holiday rainy day

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olddirtydoggy 11 Aug 2019

This last week a bunch of us went over to North Wales to hit a few routes. One of the days was a washout so somebody came up with the bright idea of scrambling a river/gorge. We have a few cheap wetsuits and used our helmets and some old trainers to rock up Afon Cwn Llan next to the Watkins path. Got to be honest, it ended up being one of the best days of the trip.

In the past we've gone for a hike, toured the big waterfalls or gone to a town. This got us wondering, what other wet day alternatives are we not seeing on a climbing holiday when the rock is off the menu?

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V1c 11 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

I just got back from a meant-to-be-climbing holiday on Skye. The weather was pretty bad all weeks so I spent most of the days scrambling and spent half a day in Fort William - had a coffee and played jenga in the climbing centre and flicked through some guide books in a book shop.

In general, on a bad weekend I opt for caving instead of climbing. 

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LakesWinter 11 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Sleep all day, eat pies

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Trangia 11 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Do an easy route. eg Ordinary Route Idwal Slabs, which becomes a stream. Very entertaining!

Or walk. Going up a mountain in bad weather and poor visibility is great for honing navigation skills.

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Ron Rees Davies 11 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Mine exploration = indoor mountaineering. 

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John Stainforth 11 Aug 2019
In reply to V1c:

But don't those holes in the ground tend to fill up with water?

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Mike-W-99 11 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

A july ascent of a Via Ferrata in a blizzard(dolomites obviously) was a highlight one year. Strangely entertaining, almost warranted a winter grade. Walked past the start later on that day after a fun navigational exercise to get off to find the the only other folk on it were more brits.

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syv_k 12 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Coasteering, kayaking, whitewater rafting, all of which have instructors in north wales who can take you out and provide equipment. The nice thing about whitewater is that it is at is finest when it has been tipping it down the night before, so quite complementary with climbing.

Going round a castle - mist swirling around the battlements can add to the romantic charm. Plus there is often an indoor museum bit with suits of armour, handy if you have kids and they are getting cold and bored outside. Similarly, steam train rides, butterfly gardens and so on are good for kids in Wales.

Pick a lake on the map and go for a swim in it. Or why not try bog snorkelling? You’ll be wet and muddy anyway from the walk in.

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Michael Hood 12 Aug 2019
In reply to Trangia:

> Do an easy route. eg Ordinary Route Idwal Slabs, which becomes a stream. Very entertaining!

Stream might be underselling it, more like a torrent once you've had enough rain

Surfing is also available near Llanwrst, but I don't think it's cheap.

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Hillseeker 12 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Mountain biking! Great wet/damp activity.

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GrahamD 12 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

A trip to the Alhambra on a total wash out day in El Chorro stands out for me.

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Baron Weasel 12 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Depending on who I'm with I like to have a long safety meeting, you can't take safety too seriously...

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Baron Weasel 12 Aug 2019
In reply to John Stainforth:

> But don't those holes in the ground tend to fill up with water?

Depends on the cave, there's plenty of fossil passages that don't flood, they are usually very muddy round the dales

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In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Heavy drinking always kept us amused 

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In reply to JJ Krammerhead III:

Beat me too it

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Howard J 12 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Is festering a lost art?

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olddirtydoggy 12 Aug 2019
In reply to Hillseeker:

Interesting that caving has popped up. We also did 'Snakes and ladders' in the slate mines above Llanberis. It's all abseiling and steel ladder climbing so was ideal for a second wet day.

Mountain biking, used to do that but found I was spending too much time in ambulances and cleaning / maintaining the bike.

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krikoman 12 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Limp Biscuit?

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Toerag 13 Aug 2019
In reply to olddirtydoggy:

Sea level scramble. Go down at one access point and come up at another 2 hours later. You need to know it's possible though or you risk a proper chance of being killed to death.

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Hat Dude 13 Aug 2019
In reply to JJ Krammerhead III:

> Heavy drinking always kept us amused 

And Cob records for when the pubs were closed

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NBR 17:25 Thu
In reply to Hat Dude:

Cob records, that brings back some (hazy) memories, the one in Bangor had ashtrays tucked in the columns of tape cassettes. Which is more anachronistic the ashtrays or the tapes?

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