Twll Mawr, the big ol’ black hole in the quarries. Last weekend, we headed down to join the multiple teams all keen to repeat the ‘UKs longest sport route’ – The Desolation of Smaug!
6 pitches, 140 metres and totally varied climbing throughout, a really cool feeling to topout right on the very top of Twll Mawr!
Straight after, we jumped on Super Massive Black hole – a 4 pitch 7a that I had had on the wishlist since moving to Llanberis. I have to admit I was dead nervous, the cruxes were quite distinct and balancy, with delicate trickery being the key to success. I’d been prepared to spend all day on this, trying the pitches and eventually abbing back down for a final redpoint attempt – so I was totally psyched that we were able to onsight it!
230 metres of climbing in around 3 collective hours. Now all we’d have to imagine is carrying and placing gear, hauling every pitch, and accounting for multiple rope tangles and stuck haulbags… But it’s all good training right?
More big days and long routes soon!