Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Coming up: Mike Bailey rediscovers some lost Welsh Classics !

The third pitch of the magnificent Great Tower Buttress: Mike Bailey©

This Friday....Mike Bailey-author of the soon to be published Climbers Club guide to Ogwen,describes one memorable day when, in the interests of guidebook research, he soloed every mountaineering route on the forgotten East Face of Bristly Ridge and discovered some absolute classics which have totally fallen off the modern climber's radar.
One of these routes...Great Tower Buttress- is possibly one of THE great mountaineering routes of north Wales and probably
deserves to be ranked with Main Wall, Creagh Ddu Wall and The Cracks as one of the area's classic Hard Severes. In Between the ridge and the beaten path Mike offers a seductive account of just why those of a mountaineering bent should consider this alternative venue to the honey-pot mountain crags of north Wales.