Gwynfynydd Gold Mine
This weekend had been on the calendar for some time, and the plan was to go and play on the new Go Below zip wires in Cwmorthin on the Sunday, and a loose idea to possibly do the Croesor-Rhosydd Through Trip on the Sunday depending on who turned up. Or more likely a gold mine that Joel had in mind near the campsite we were meant to be staying at. In any case on Friday night I had a phone call from Joel to say that Martin Poole had offered us the option of staying in the old Mine Manager's office next to Cwmorthin. This seemed like a good option as anyone who has camped around Ffestioniog in April will know, the weather is unpredictable at best, and is more often pretty damn grim. I set the meeting time nice and early - 11.00am at the Lakeside Cafe in Tanygrisiau. As if this wasn't late enough snow had delayed James' arrival by half an hour, so in true DCC fashion it was well gone noon by the time we got underground. Joel and Speedy having long since left to go and check out some repairs that need doing in Croesor. So me, John Capper, Owen Thomas and James Johnson were in the able hands of Mr Richard Timms and Mr Andrew Farrow having done the trip before. I had tried one of the zip lines in July but we did not factor in the time to do any more that we saw.
|Andy on "The Springboard"|
I found the traverses problematic, my cows tails were set up for SRT caving, too short for the traverses and even some of the cables. Compounded by the fact that I am a shortarse and don't enjoy traverses, I found myself improvising with a mixture of sling, extra carabiners, and Andy's trick of using a crab on the end of your hand jammer I ended up longing for my climbing harness. The zip lines are a lot of fun, using 3 pulleys between 6 of us was slightly faffy and time consuming, but caused no real problem.
|John & Joel admiring the Hopper|
|Joel with Magnesium Ribbon|