Strawberries | E7 Trad climb at Tremadog

Also known as Peaches. See also Dream Topping.

Known as Peaches before Ron Fawcett made the first ascent in 1980, due to its proximity to the route Cream (peaches and cream, strawberries and cream etc.).

In other trivia, the route was featured on the cover of the 1978 Tremadog and the Moelwyns Climbers Club guidebook making it a rare example of an unclimbed route on the cover of a guide. [2][3]


[1] Jack Geldard on the history of the route



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John Dunne
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Steve McClure
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Jim Pope
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Added at 05:08 on 09 August 2023
Jim Pope
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Andy Pollitt
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Hazel Findlay
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16 recorded ascents.

Climber Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Ron Fawcett Lead | yo-yo Between 22nd Mar 1980 and 23rd Mar 1980
First ascent.

Ron lead the route in yo-yo style and gave it E5.



Kim Carrigan Lead | worked 1980s

Date is a guess but likely some time in the 1980s.



Johnny Woodward Lead | worked 1982
Third ascent.

I first tried it in the Spring of '82 on a dismal, damp and grey day. I was less than motivated to try anything that hard on that particular day, but I was climbing with Jerry Moffatt and he is an enthusiastic and persuasive fellow. The attempt ended predictably, low on the pitch, at the technical crux.

My next try was during the International Exchange Meet with the American crew in September '82. I was with the late Alex Lowe that day, climbing pretty well and keen to try it. I think I fell from the crux twice, then got through it and made it really high on the pitch to a place where I could get a shake. At that point I was so gassed that I was not recovering at all, and after a few minutes it was clear that I was not going to make it that try.

There was a big peanut gallery above the Meshach wall, interested in witnessing some sort of spectacle. I remember being far enough above the gear that I was a bit gripped about breaking the RPs, so I asked Alex to keep taking in the rope till he eventually pulled me off, so that the slack was minimized.

The gear held just fine. I rested and did it the next go. Alex enjoyed telling people of how he once got to pull someone off a route at the end of a run-out. These were the days of placing gear as you went and yoyo-ing back to the belay after you fell. Redpointing was not widely practised in '82 and I do not recall whether I pulled the rope or not.



John Dunne Lead | yo-yo 1985

I fell of the crux onsight putting the gear in in 1985 lowered off and did it after 3 attempts, yo yo style. I then returned a week later leading the route and putting all the gear in in one push. This was the first time all the gear had been put in on lead and the route done in this fashion.

Dave Cuthbertson Lead | worked 1986
Stefan Glowacz Lead | onsight 1987

The first onsight of the route and a remarkable effort for it's time.



Jorg Verhoeven Lead | onsight May 2011

Only the second onsight ascent after Stefan Glowacz's excellent effort in 1987.



James Pearson Lead | ground up 2012
Hansjörg Auer Lead | onsight May 2012
Steve McClure Lead | onsight Jun 2014
Emma Twyford Lead | worked 2nd Oct 2014
Harriet Ridley Lead | worked 2022
Rachel Pearce Lead | worked 24th May 2022
Jim Pope Lead | onsight 7th Aug 2023
Andy Pollitt Lead | worked
Hazel Findlay Lead | worked