I was a little surprised to be asked to put on a rock climbing party in the cold of December, but we seem to have got away with it. Two years ago, I was asked to do a high ropes session for Tara’s birthday. This time round she was up for something a bit more adventurous and rugged, and was prepared to tyke a chance with the weather.
The walk in to the crag provided an opportunity to get a feel for how everyone was feeling and the short answer was “nervous”. However, after the initial wide eyes at seeing the height of the climbs, and the usual briefings about knots and belaying, everyone actually did very well. The groups were all very supportive of each other and there was a lot of helpful advice coming from the base of the crag.
The climbs at Llanymynech can be a bit steep and novices sometimes have to work hard to find holds, but it provides a nice challenge that can usually be overcome with perseverance. One or two seemed to almost bound up the climbs – perhaps not the most elegant of climbing, but certainly showing confidence on the rock and in the rope. Others found it harder to make headway, but pushed themselves and actually achieved a great deal.
After a few hours of hands on the rock, fingers were starting to get rather cold and the temptation of warm party food back at home was just too much to resist.
It was another fantastic day with great people. Happy birthday to Tara, and thanks for inviting me along for your rock climbing party!