15-16 July 2000

Cwm CywarchAfter much debate down the brewery, a campsite recommended in the Mid Wales Climbing Guide was selected for the trip. Cwmrhwyddfor Farm is located just south of Cader Idris. The campsite was not busy and the facilities were good. On Friday night we were however kept awake by the baaing of a particularly desperate ewe. Over breakfast the possibility of mutton stew was discussed. The presence of sheep was felt in other ways, Simon C holds the record with seven sheep tick bites!

On Saturday, with very good conditions for Wales, Simon, Carmen, Peter and Gordon climbed Will o' the Wisp (VDiff 310 feet) on Craig Cywarch near Dinas Mawddy. It took a long time to locate the climb from the description and diagram in the guidebook because the lower part of the crag was very vegetated. The latter pitches which traversed the crag were much more interesting with some airy moves and made the route. The climb took rather longer than we anticipated and we finally got back down to the bottom for 4pm.

Aran Fawddwy Whereupon after some deliberation and in a moment of madness we decided to walk up Aran Fawddwy (with rucksacks filled with ropes and climbing hardware). The effort was worth it because the views across Mid Wales were superb.

Sue, Tom and Don, having brought their mountain bikes, went for a ride south of Cader Idris along a valley near to Tywyn. Despite becoming directionally challenged within twenty yards of the start, the route was regained after a ride up steep grass.

Bird RockOn Sunday Simon, Carmen, Peter and Gordon climbed on Bird Rock. The crag was once a sea cliff and is still a nesting site for cormorants, hence the name. The crag is best climbed in the afternoon/evening once the shade has lifted, as those climbing in T shirts found out. Two routes were climbed, The Buttress (VDiff) and The Rockery (S), both are to be recommended.

Sue, Tom and Don cycled on a green lane north of Lake Bala, known as the Wayfarer Route. Tom managed to cycle all the way from the campsite to the start of the route and still caught the others who has gone ahead by car!