Sunday was a lesson in helmets. I went to Gogarth with the Mynydd Climbing Club and after seconding Aardvark, Marcus Payne and I went to do Dinosaur. It was a perfect blue sky day but we got on the crag an hour or too soon. The first chimney was dry but the hard traverse left and up was still damp and I pinged off, ripping a No.8 rock which catapulted at speed into my forehead causing an instantaneous half-table tennis ball bump, a gash and plenty of blood. I’d taken my helmet off after Aardvark so there’s a lesson.
Anyway – the Main Cliff was buzzing with people – at one stage there were parties on Rat Race, Positron, Dinosaur, Citadel and Graduation Ceremony all at the same time – great to see. We topped out 2 hrs late and I got in trouble from ‘the wife’ and two grumpy kids who'd been sitting in the car at the campsite. waiting. All credit (apologies for sounding like a football manager) to Pete Crew and Joe Brown on the 1st ascent 42 yrs ago. Body Machine next, maybe.