International Meet Report

Every two years the BMC hosts an international climbing meet at Plas Y Brenin in North Wales. It´s been going on all of this week and finishes on Sunday morning. So far the weather has been superb and some memorable climbing experiences have been passed on to our foreign guests. Event Organiser, Stuart Ingram, photo courtesy of Gruff Owen Surprisingly many of the guests have never used leader placed protection, and some have not climbed a multi pitch route before. That´s not to say that they are novice climbers, but more a case of different practices in different places, and a severe lack of rock in one or two countries – Denmark, Finland and Lithuania spring to mind. Each evening guests and hosts mingle in the PYB bar and pair off with a plan for the following day. Next morning minibuses head off in all directions and it is rare that anybody goes to the same palce twice, preferring to dabble in a bit of all sorts; Tremadog, The Pass, Slate, Gogarth, The Moelwyns, The Lleyn and Ogwen – it´s not quite been warm enough to enjoy Cloggy or the other high mountain venues. Yesterday a strong team led by Pat Littlejohn headed out to a new crag on the Lleyn Paninsula. After a 500m sea level traverse, on which everyone got a little wet, the team put up 11 new routes between them. Other notable achievements include Cristophe from Germany who has so far managed Beginners Mind and Statement of Youth – he has designs on Conan The Librarian today, and Jamie Andrew, a quadruple amputee who recently ran the London Marathon, who has inspired us all by climing on Castell Helen, The Idwal Slabs and Tremadog. On the home front James McHaffie took time out from his hosting to solo Resurrection and Right Wall and Lucy Creamer onsighted Tess Of The D´ubervilles. The meet is not over yet and some of the PlanetFear team are still there so I´m sure there´ll be more to report next week.