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, 9 December 2010

More news from Tom Hecht

Hi Andy,

Earlier this week, we set off from the A5 opposite Glan Dena at 7.30am; our route took us up via Tryfan Bach to gain the crest of the North Ridge. With a visually appealing sunrise in the East, we ascended as far as the base of the North Tower without any metalwork – powdery (yet plenty of) snow – successfully resisting the urge to balance on the Canon.

Having summited in good time, we made our way over to the imposing looking Bristly Ridge. After a slight delay burrowing through the waist-deep filled Sinister Gully and negotiating the tricky step, the rest of the route went smoothly with Great Pinnacle Gap providing little difficulty bar a careful negotiation of the step down. The snow cover on the tops was, although extensively affected by the wind, not untypically approx. 30cm, yet still very light and powdery.

Our descent via the screes (no issues here) and Cwm Tryfan led us back down to Tryfan Bach in order to scramble up the left-hand flank to nicely round off the day. Photos will demonstrate conditions best…



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