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... of the largest underground caverns, a mountain biking centre and a group of ziplines through the quarry, but I was there for the underground tour of the old mines.
The Llechwedd quarry opened in 1846 and is still an active quarry today. The mountains surrounding the quarry are largely made up of unused slate - during the Victorian era they had about a 90% wastage from the mining. (I.e. for every 200 tons of slate mined, only 20 was actually usable.) With ...
... in his books on the engines there. Tristan was very excited that the engine for our carriages was "Douglas".
While still in the museum and shop Jo-Ann discovered that her Mastercard was missing. She remembered the shop in Bath that she had last used it and a phone call discovered that it was found and being held for her. We will need to made an unplanned return to Bath next week. We will be relatively close when we get to Cardiff.
Tristan took about 100 photos and videos ...
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Keen to do some more route bagging in preparation for our SPA we headed to Craig Caseg Fraith Isaf, which had lots of fairly short routes for our grades. We had a lovely sunny day and managed to get lots of routes done. After some lunch we moved on to Tryfan Bach, a nice big slab of rock taking 2 pitches to sail up. I think I placed 1 bit of gear up for the entire climb! It was so slabby you could pretty much just scramble up it hands and feet. Another good days climbing!
... a crucial point of the climb where I was somewhat struggling, when the cam I had placed below me popped out. ARGH! My next bit of gear was waaay below. Oh dear. I panicked for a while deciding my predicament - try climbing down to get some protection in but risk slipping, or go for it and get up over this crux. Shuffling down seemed more terrifying so I strapped on ...