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:

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Hourglass Gully, Cwm Loer - Mike Peacock

Email today from Mike Peacock:

Hi Andy,

Lots of snow stripped very low down now, but still lots in Cwm Lloer (and Cwm Cneifion by the look of it). Me and Gareth Harvey climbed Hourglass Gully. Deep soft snow, with avalanche debris at the base of it. Because of this I moved right above the narrows onto more broken ground, and somewhere in the process lost a crampon. If anyone who reads your blog stumbles across it then there'd be beer money in it for them...Anyway, apart from that it was a pleasant day, and the weather was far better than that forecast.


Top pic: HourGlass Gully
Middle pic: Looking back at Cwm Loer
Bottom pic: Idwal stripped bare!

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