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, 1 July 2010

A wild & windy Carneddau

I took a drive down that A55 again today despite the decidedly ominous weather forecast from the Met Office. Parked up in Gerlan and did the walk into Cwm Llafar alongside the Afon Llafar ('Black Ladders' approach). I wasn't exactly sure quite what I was planning today due to the constant sideways rain, howling gale & poor visibility across the summits, but fancied a couple of hours solitude. On reaching the impressive crag of Llech Du, I hung a right and headed high into the upper cwm. I ended up exploring some of the gullies & ledges which make up the higher ground over to the right of the Llech Du (Crib Lem) spur. It was an altogether grim day on the tops, with a wind which several times threatened to blow me back down from where I had come. Descended the Mynydd Du ridge back towards Gerlan.

Top pic: The impressive Llech Du
Bottom pic: Looking across to the Llech Du spur from the Mynydd Du descent

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