Wales

Ioan Doyle climbs Ogwen Crack in Snowdonia

  • 16 July 2013
  • From the section Wales
Ioan Doyle climbing the Ogwen Crack
Image caption Mr Doyle fulfilled an ambition but admitted: "I never thought I'd make it."

A climber from Snowdonia has conquered one of the area's most notorious routes.

Sheep farmer Ioan Doyle, 23, from Bethesda, successfully scaled the 15m (49ft) Ogwen Crack at Nant Ffrancon.

The steep route is believed to have been successfully climbed for the first time by Sean Miles in 1986.

Mr Doyle, whose climb was filmed by S4C, said he "grew up in its shadow more or less, so it meant a great deal to me".

The climb is steep, with small holds and it is believed to be only the second ascent, according to the programme Defaid a Dringo (Sheep and Climbing).

Mr Doyle, a farmer and stone mason, who has been climbing since he was 14, said: "This climb has always caught my eye and I knew it would take a lot out of me to do it.

"The Ogwen Crack is on my home turf. I grew up in its shadow more or less, so it meant a great deal to me.

"From the second you step on the rock face, all the way to the top, it's intense. It's like a 100 metre sprint."

He added: "I never thought I'd make it. I got to the top and I thought, 'this shouldn't be'.

"I haven't been climbing properly during the last year but that felt amazing - I'm back in the game."

Mr Doyle's climb is shown on Defaid a Dringo (Sheep and Climbing) on S4C on Tuesday, 16 July at 21:30 BST.

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