An Evening Scramble on the Coast - Penmaen-bach Arête
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This is a short, sharp little scramble is taking place in the early evening and can be completed easily in a couple of hours at the end of the day.
Penmen-bach Arete looms over the A55 and teases all those who have a scrambling mindset and who regularly use the North Wales Expressway.
This west facing prominent arête catches the afternoon sun and offers some glorious early evening 'hands-on-rock' thrills with great views sea views, and benefits from easy toll-free parking, a quick walk-in and walk-off.
Its carries a high grade (grade 3), which mainly due to the exposer and lack of available protection for those needing the use of a rope. (which means the route is usually soloed). However, in my option it is no more difficult than some sections of Crib Goch and should not put off a competent grade 1 scrambler who has a good head for heights and a respectful appreciation of drops.
Please note that the event may be liable to change or cancellation due to inclement weather.
Pictures taken by Andy Hewlett
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What to bring
Standard kit list for a mountain hike as below but I strongly recommend the addition of a climbing helmet for the scramble section (leader will provide these if needed).
Also, although the scramble section is possible with standard walking boots you would feel more secure with a firm soled approach shoe or a scrambling boot.
Head torch: We should be down by night fall but bring one just in case.
Rucksack: Keep it small so you are not restricted on the scramble.
Walking boots/scramble boots or approach shoes: see above.
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered Clothing: Carry an extra warm layer in your rucksack.
Trousers: No jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof Jacket: essential when hiking, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or Cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Snacks & Water:
Food & drink
Bring a light pack with some food and snacks.