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, 20 December 2010

Report from Joss (Clwyd Mountaineering Club)

Hi Andy
Four of us managed to get the car up to Ogwen on Saturday and after an overnight stay at Helyg we set off for Bristly Ridge yesterday.
We were the first to break trail through the powder and the walk in was tiring but not too bad.
The initial gully of the route was three foot deep in a steep bank of powder snow and took an hour to pitch. All the holds and protection had to be dug out and it was impossible to step up without finding and digging out an axe placement first. The hard work was definitely worth the effort and the ridge itself was superb, we moved together in 2 teams and the weather conditions cleared up to perfection. We summitted at sunset and walked down under a full moon. Later than planned, the powder snow added a lot of time to the day. A superb route. Some lads at the CC hut had done Icefall Gully on the Black Ladders on Saturday and were heading to do Passchendaele Direct on Sunday. They reported decent ice formation and wild powder snow conditions.
Cheers mate, hope the ankle is better.

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