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).