I was working for Tim Harrop Mountain Activities last Thursday, with 2 of his 'Mountain Month' students. Rock climbing was the order of the day and the sun was shining! Looking to stretch them a little bit i headed to Llanberis Pass and Carreg Wastad - home to the 2 Classic Rock Routes Wrinkle and Crackstone Rib.
We started on Wrinkle, a Very Difficult graded climb with a steep top pitch. We climbed in 'series' so that Rebecca and John could simulate leading and practice tying into anchors and belaying. The route has 3 pitches so we had plenty of practice at managing the rope at stances and changeovers. The top pitch loomed, it has a few loose blocks so demands a cautious approach but offers some brilliant exposed climbing for the grade.
Back at the bottom of the crag for lunch we then headed over to Crackstone Rib. Graded Severe it is perhaps one of the best routes of the grade in North wales, with an excellent first pitch up the 'Rib'. A steep traverse leads to exposed moves around onto the rib with excellent steep climbing unto the belay ledge - a brilliant pitch. Both Rebecca and John cruised it. I led the next pitch and gave Rebecca the opportunity to lead it with my pre-placed gear. She readily accepted and untied from my 'safety rope'. She Climbed it in very good style and in no time John had joined us at the top. 2 great routes in the bag - and in the sun!