Snowdonia, Wales

Where eagles dare

Date October 2008
Posted July 2010
Tryfan east face climb
Either you want to do this, or you don't. Within each of those brackets rests an infinite number of degrees, but you can't be in both brackets and you can't be in neither. Favourable to your existence is the first one, which may entail activities much like those pictured below; it might instead mean a leisurely stroll up one of the well-worn paths of Snowdon, or it might mean completing a 300ft tall overhanging frozen waterfall climb. But you don't have to have your neck on the line to get in, you just need a little curiosity, a commodity that appears to be in increasingly short supply.

Many years ago, millennia in fact, various groups pointed themselves at the horizon and began the journey towards it, be it in a hollowed-out log on the oceans or land-based on the back of various animals. As very little was known back then about the rest of the globe, the supposed threats waiting to meet the explorers included giant sea beasts, the waterfalls that would surely await those reaching the edge of the world, colossal storms and, of course, other people.

These movements were responsible for the spread of our species around that globe, and moreso the same curiosity and the drive to pursue it brought about our development, slowly at first, into the ungrateful frivolous bastard child that we now collectively represent. This was mainly because we stopped moving, ran out of space and found new ways to manifest our innate greed. We got fat and lazy. Our planet will soon resemble the smashed up Christmas present of a nasty spoilt brat who treated it as badly as he did his pet hamster.

The following photos are from the last good day of October 2008, climbing up the east face of Tryfan from the Heather Terrace and arriving at the famous Adam and Eve rocks at sundown. We didn't find a forgotten race or one of those sea beasts, but we had good fun anyway. You're spared the overdone colour sunset pictures - instead we'll call this style 'Ron Fawcett Days of Old' (thanks Don).

(It was all northcave's idea, thanks again, and for the ride. Photos taken using a Ricoh GX-100, the successors of which I recommend as high-end compacts for when your compartmentalised camera-suitcase on wheels is just too big to ship.)

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