In spring 2013, a group of DMM climbers from Austria, Switzerland and Germany, visited north Wales to experience the region's trad climbing ethic and enjoy the wide variety of crags, all available within easy travelling distance.
For some of the climbers it was their first experience of placing wires and their whirlwind few days included sea-cliff excitement at Gogarth, 'designer danger' on the slate and classic Dinas Cromlech routes. For the two Felix's (Neumärker and Fromm) the rich history of Fawcett's Strawberries (E7 6b) at Tremadog put it firmly on their to-try list.
Coming from mainland Europe, the novelty of bouldering by the sea at Porth Ysgo, was enjoyed immensely. Especially for Alex Megos who snatched the first ascent of one of north Wales' great unclimbed problems with Das Pumpenhausen 8B, that is still awaiting a repeat. It wasn't all play though and a morning was spent looking around the factory to gain an insight into the manufacture of DMM's hardware.
If some early summer trad action in north Wales sounds appealing then put Tradfest 2015 in your diary: an event that DMM will be co-hosting over the weekend of June 5 - 7th. Based in Nant Peris, at the foot of the Llanberis Pass, it's a sociable get-together with the emphasis on getting out and enjoying yourself. For ticket holders on the Saturday evening, Leo Houlding will be giving a talk, and there'll be food provided, together with some beer to wash it down.