Monday, 20 December 2010
Report from Joss (Clwyd Mountaineering Club)
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.