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, 31 December 2009
Everyone is talking about N.Wales!!
Now we have a lot of snow! Very powdery & very deep in many approaches to routes. We went and climbed Idwal Stream today. More ice than I had expected, considering how bare it was just 2 days ago. It was a gorgeous day, clear skies and perfect winter views. There were 3 other teams on the stream with us, one team from Southampton, one fron Plymouth, and the other team of 6 we spoke to had come down from Fort William! I spoke to them and they told me how they had been hearing so many good things about N.Wales winter climbing this season, they just had to come down & experience it for themselves! Top pic: Davey on second pitch of Idwal Stream. Botton pic: Looking down from top of second pitch at Scottish climbers.
Deepest sympathies to the families of the 2 men killed in an avalanche on No.4 Gully on Ben Nevis this week. Very very sad news.