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:
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Complete whiteout on Y Garn!
Today Mike & I did the bottom section of the North East Spur on Y Garn, then cut across right to Cwm Clyd to take a look at the gullies there. It was blowing a gale with very poor vis & graupel stinging our faces on the way up. We decided on a blast up Banana Gully which had a good amount of snow, although the bottom 100m or so was frozen crust on top, with soft snow underneath. Got much firmer higher up though. Top 50m or so of Banana Gully was a full on howling gale & hard graupel almost unbearable. Small cornice at top, but once we were over it the wind was honestly the worst I have ever encountered anywhere, a full on raging storm with vis dowm to about 3 or 4m! Testing but fun, I think! Lots of snow still forecast, and low temps.