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, 30 December 2010

Cwm Cneifion today by Darren Hollins

Hi Andy,

Photos as promised from today's trip up "Nameless Gully" Cwm Cneifion.

Conditions up in the high Cwm were reasonable given the extensive thaw - But it has really taken it's toll on Devil's Kitchen - With no ice left on the key routes! There were a couple of climbers on "Cneifion Arête" but that was a rock climb today....2 others on "Tower Slabs" Which was in surprising condition, with a fair amount of solid ice on it! I opted for "The Nameless Gully" between the slabs & Easy Gully, as the top out on that one didn't have big wilting cornices hanging over it (Easy Gully looks dodgy with the cornice situation at the mo!). In terms of the snow condition, it could do with a good freeze - But towards the top of the gully it was just about acceptable.

Hope this helps



Pic 1: Clogwyn Ddu From Cwm Cneifion
Pic 2: Col Gully & Gully of the winds on Glyder Fach
Pic 3: Easy Gully Cornices!!
Pic 4: Easy Gully top out
Pic 5: Looking down Easy Gully
Pic 6: Nameless Gully Top out
Pic 7: Snowdon from the Glyders
Pic 8: Tower Gully top out

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