The purpose of this blog is to report on winter climbing conditions in Snowdonia, to keep you lot who like nothing better than climbing ice, snow, frozen turf etc in ridiculously low temps informed!! As well as it being a record of some of my own winter climbing adventures. Feel free to email me any of your own conditions reports & photos you have & I will post them here. The more info on winter conditions the better! email:

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Best Xmas present!

It was a great day today here in N.Wales! The hills were alive with the sound of ice axes, jangling gear on harnesses, and as the day went on the frequent shouts of 'ICE'!! Big smiles all round.
Now I am no expert by any means on ice climbing, but pretty much everything from the guide book looked climeable today, even the infamous Devil's Appendix looks close to being fully formed.
Forecast suggest a few days of warmer weather, then back to freezing conditions again next week.
Pic 1: Panorama of Devil's Kitchen area, from Idwal slabs (left) right round to Y Garn (right). CLICK picture to enlarge.
Pic 2: Andy McQue starting second pitch on The Screen (IV).
Pic 3: The Ramp (III) left, & The Screen (IV) right.
Pic 4: Unknown climbers on South Gully (IV).

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