Tremadog Festival

by Mark Reeves almost veg´-free As someone who spends a lot of my working days at Tremadog, I have to say that I have really noticed the good work that many many people have put into cleaning this crag. Where once there was basically jungle now there is bare rock, ready to climb. No longer do you need a machete to climb many of the routes instead there are now many other route other than the 10 routes that most people usually climb that are well worth seeking out. The current state of the routes are currently online at The clearing on the vegetation culminated this weekend (24/25th March) in a festival of climbing, and further cleaning to snip off any spring growth. The event was attended by well over 70 climbers who climbed over 60 routes at the crag gardening as they went. The weekend was supported by the Eric Jones, BMC, V12 Outdoors, Ground Up,Joe Browns, DMM and Plas y Brenin. The weekend was fantastic and extremely well organised by Mike Raine ably assisted by his partner Janet Somner. Stu Macaleese one of the UK´s finest alpine mountaineers gave a slide show of his recent exploits whilst the ´gardeners´ relaxed with some fine Purple Moose Ale supplied free by the BMC. As an event it could be more inclusive as climbers literally climbed all the routes from the easiest Diff´s to the hardest walls. One attendee James McHaffie even tried for the first on-sight ascent of Strawberries, although only given E6 the route has only been flashed after abseil inspection once (see photos at the link below). All in a great place to spend the weekend, it would be great for Tremadog and North Wales if this was to become a annual event. Gallery of photos of the festival here at