Tremfest 2016

Posted on May 8, 2016

Tremfest 2016!  An opportunity for our membership to contribute to the maintenance of our back garden, Bwlch y Moch, owned by the British Mountaineering Council.   Most of the helpers landed on a balmy Friday evening, fish and chips at  the fleece, washed down with copious Elderflower purple Moose.   In contrast, a soggy start to Saturday, 10am registration, and a fantastic turnout of helpers from all over the country.  The BRMC chain gang took on the challenge of building the footpath leading up to One Step in the Clouds, following the recent rock fall.  Several tonnes of rock shifting later, with the help of some enthusiastic friends, we reconstructed the path having shifted some colossal lumps of rock to retain the hillside.  Just a snippet of the damage caused by the rock fall…

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Later in the afternoon our team cleared the descent route behind the hut, before finishing with a climb and Eric’s cafe for free beer and freebies fantastically organised by BMC’s Jim Kelly and Elfyn Jones.  Beautiful bright green leaves of the oak trees coming out on the cliffs…

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An evening BBQ supplied by our culinary consultant Annelyse Desbois, washed down with copious and seemingly never-ending (free) Madog Purple Moose and a hut full of members and friends, made for a fantastic end to a very satisfying day.  Hopefully many feet will tread on the rocks we coaxed into position.

A rainy night and wet start to Sunday, a few of us spent some time snagging the remaining issues around the hut before the sun came out and a walking party headed out to Cnicht and the remainder hitting the crags.  Having built the path, we had to use it, with four of us heading up to One Step in the clouds area.  Here’s Dave navigating up one step, a very different and stiffer route with limited pro….

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We ended up cutting around Hail Bebe and back onto one step, here’s Ken with the classic pose on One Syep and Annelyse on the Hail bebe belay….

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A very satisfying weekend, a great start to the climbing season, with fantastic people!