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Climbing in France

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I went climbing on some limestone in France in L’Arige it is near the Pyrenees the first place we went to climb was called Dreuilhe and I climbed my first lead climb and it was fairly short and easy but once I nearly slipped.

Me climbing a different climb

A lead climb is where you have the rope attached to you and you put in gear, or clip into bolts but if you fall above the bolts you will fall down to where the last bolt or piece of gear is.

The second place I went to was called Roquefixade.

A great view

The climb was a bit tricky and overgrown with a bulging lump of rock at the end, although the rock was quite sticky and had lots of little holes everywhere, also because of the heat climbing was much harder, and I was wearing the wrong size climbing shoe so my toes hurt and that also made it harder to climb. I seconded this climb which means you are on a rope that is connected to a bolt at the top so if you slip you won’t fall very far at all.

Me climbing Roquefixard on the way up.

Me climbing Roquefixard

A cool lizard we found.

Snakes and ladders

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You can trust the snakes but don’t trust the ladders – you might fall through them! (:

My Mum, Dad and I, with some climbers, went to some slate quarries in North Wales.

The starting cave.

We started in Dali’s hole then we moved on to California, we then climbed up a chain – a very rusty chain – up to a tunnel that popped out back in Dali’s hole.

Me climbing the big rusty chain.

We had to search for a secret tunnel that took us to Tasmania. We then climbed up a series of rusty ladders up to a old miners hut which we then had to abseil down a cliff then climb down some more rusty ladders down to the Lost world which we explored.

The Lost World.

We found two tunnels one led to Mordor the other led to certain doom. We found the one going to Mordor where there was some really dodgy ladders that went up to Twll mawr  where we climbed up some more rusty ladders avoided the bridge of doom and walked to the car.

Some of the rungs on the ladders were: missing, replaced with old manky rope, rusted to the core – so there would only be a tiny piece of rusted metal, bent, or cracked. Even the entire ladder would be really wobbly!

Mordor with the ladders of doom.

My favourite part was the Lost world my least favourite bit was the ladders in Mordor.

Mountain camping

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driving to Eigiau

 

We went camping for solstice at the side of the Carneddau in Egiau valley and went climbing up a multi-pitch climb.There was me, my Mum and my Dad, Tom Racheal, James and Dave, it took 1 hour to get from the car to where we were camping I was carrying food and water, my Dad took the climbing gear and my Mum took the camping gear. The walk there was tiring because my bag was very heavy.

Can you spot the tents?

When we got there my Mum and Dad set up the tent and as it was dinner time I ate the sandwiches. After the food we walked  up a mighty great alpiny hill to the bottom of the 1000ft climb where my Dad lead the first pitch.

Walking to the bottom of the climb

The name of the climb was Amphitheatre Buttress. We set off last about 7:30pm. The climb was long, well polished and the rock formations were odd.

me climbing the climb

 

At one pitch it looked like from a certain angle my Dad stuck his foot above his head and pushed up on it, it was fine though when I got to it. However it was a long climb – we were climbing in the dark towards the end, climbing was a lot harder – it was mildly concerning being dark. At the top it started raining  heavily and was very slippery. The way down was covered in scree and basically was horrible  we made it to our tent at 1:00am I was exhausted however it was a great achievement. The next day I walked to the car feeling relieved. Under different conditions I would climb it again.

The mountains in the morning