ARTICLE: A Solstice Dream

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 UKC Articles 18 Aug 2022

Lewis Perrin Williams writes about climbing A Midsummer Night's Dream (E6 6a) on 'Cloggy'...

Light and dark, summer and winter, the solstices. On 21 June, the longest day, James McHaffie and I took the path to Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, grandest of Welsh mountain cliffs. That name! It means "The Black Cliff of Darkness".

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Good job articulating what sounds like a very similar experience to mine, pitch 2 has no line and climbs really well straight up to the arete. 

In reply to UKC Articles:

Erthygl wych Lewis, edrych 'mlaen i weld be nei'di ysgrifennu nesa'. Rhaid fod digon i son am ar ôl yr Alban...!

 Michael Gordon 18 Aug 2022
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A lovely article. Great writing!

 65 18 Aug 2022
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Wonderful writing. Chip off the old block. I hope the Isle of Harris inspires more writing.

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I know we've already had an exchange about this Lewis, but I really enjoyed this piece of writing, not least because it resonated with my own intense experience on the route. Ed's comment made me wonder whether everyone who's ever done it has had a similar experience, because it certainly made a mark on me, and no doubt many others too.

Much like you I had a very distinct 'moment', whereby everything could have quite easily unravelled, but didn't. I managed to reign in the doubt and maintain my cool, in spite of the fairly overwhelming situation I was in. In short: I'd unknowingly climbed past the (probably dubious) peg in the groove and only noticed whilst standing some way above it. Down climbing wasn't an option, and there wasn't any other gear I could lower off, so I had to come to terms with the fact that the only option was up...and that if I f**ked it I was in for a 20 metre ground fall. The moves that followed are some of, if not the most intense moves I have ever climbed and I recall executing them perfectly. I'm not sure whether this constitutes 'flow state', but it's as close as I've ever got.

After the intensity of this experience, I think I lucked out with the following two pitches, as I found the perfect line throughout each and - as a result - found the rest of the route pretty straightforward. Nothing seemed quite so hard now that I was no longer faced with the proposition of hitting the ground from 20 metres up!!

In reply to Ed morris:

Thanks Ed, indeed there's no line, or rather there's many promising looking lines which draw you further into danger, like a trail of dissappointing breadcrumbs.

In reply to myrddinmuse:

Diolch Eben, genaj cwpl o bethau dwin gweithio ar, edrych ymlaen i weld be neith ddod o nhw

In reply to Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing:

I'm glad the piece is resonating with people, as I said to you earlier, it's these intensest of moments that we both crave and dread so deeply, when all notions of 'I' melt away and you are left only with life, death, and the moves inbetween.

In reply to Lewis Perrin Williams:

Os ti byth angen proof read neu gyfieithiad o unrhyw beth i'r Gymraeg am ddim, gad fi wybod! Dwi' bron a gorffen erthygl ddwyieithog gyntaf UKC ar hyn o bryd  

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Ah diolch yn fawr am y cynnig Eben, a dwi'n edrych ymlaen i ddarllen dy erthygl yn y Cymraeg!

 rachelpearce01 20 Aug 2022
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Beautiful Lewis, your writing read more like a poem than an article ! And I’m sure you climbed it equally with as much elegance and thought !! 

In reply to rachelpearce01:

Thanks Rachel, kind of you to say

 Mike Warner 05 Sep 2022
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That was a beautiful piece of writing Lewis. If you haven't already, I think you should consider writing a book. 

Bon effort on the send mate!

In reply to Mike Warner:

Cheers Mike, a book is something for the future, for now I'm just excited about developing my skills as a writer.

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