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:
Monday, 5 July 2010
Soloing on the East Face of Tryfan & Tryfan Fach
Bit of a late start today as I had a hospital appointment in Wrexham to attend first, but after a quick blast down the A5 I was at Ogwen by midday. The dark clouds over Snowdonia in general seemed to be disapperaring fast & the sun was blazing once again. I headed up to Heather Terrace on Tryfan's east face, and opted for a route I have not done before, South Gully. Ashton's guide book classes this as a grade 2 or 3 scramble, depending on wether you tackle the harder sections or not. I tried to make the route as hard as possible, but to be honest it still didn't feel like a grade 3 to me. Once I reached the last obstacle (a 10m dividing rib) I decided to spice things up a little, & headed out right up the front face on central buttress. This made things more interesting and went at about Vdiff maximum. On my way back to the car I decided on a quick blast up Crack 2 (Diff) on Tryfan Fach with the continuation up the 'upper nose' of Tryfan Fach.
Top pic: South Gully & my buttress diversion. East Face of Tryfan. Middle Pic: My Vdiff diversion up the face of Central Buttress. Pic taken from the South Summit. Bottom: Tryfan Fach.