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 June 2010

Amphitheatre Buttress, Craig yr Isfa, Carneddau

Today Colin & I went to do a climb I have wanted to do, but never got around to for a long time. The classic mountaineering route which is Amphitheatre Buttress. A long 293m (960ft) mountain adventure with stunning views and varied climbing including pleasant slabs, interesting corners, easy scrambling & an alpine-esque ridge.
Whichever way you approach the crag from, you will have a sizeable walk in. We opted for the 3.5 mile hike from Llyn Eigiau. In this lake you will find the extremely rare Arctic Char which is a fish only found in cold glaciel lakes, usually in Scotland. It is also one of the few lakes in Wales to have its own natural Brown Trout. In 1925 the dam at Llyn Eigiau burst causing millions of gallons of water to pour down the valley into Coedty reservoir, which in turn burst its banks. The huge volume of water consumed the village of Dolgarrog, killing 17 people and destroying the community.

Top pic: Amphitheatre Buttress route
Bottom pic: The break in the dam

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