Friday, November 26, 2010

Winter Mountaineering in Snowdonia

 Wow what a lot of snow! I have been joined for the next two days by Rob & Danny. They were originally booked for an advanced scrambling course but we had to change our plans in the cafe this morning! My friend Huw took the guys on the navigation course out over the Carneddau whilst we decided to opt for a winter mountaineering day. There was a lot of fresh snow all the way down to the road and the boys had not worn crampons before so we headed up the Gribin Ridge (1). Along the way we looked at some ice axe and crampon skills and avalanche avoidance. We topped out on the Glyders and then descended Easy Gully (1) into Cwm Cneifion looking at the rope skills involved on snow gullies. It was a stunning day to be out. Climbing Conditions: There was a team on Clogwyn Du as shown in the photos and the crag looked nice and white. We found that on the Gribin ridge the snow added to the sport but was largely unconsolidated powder as you would expect. On the summit the ground was frozen and there were some nice patches of hard snow to enjoy. Easy Gully was basically snow on rock and scree, it was good fun but really needed a base of harder snow to look after our ankles! There was ice starting to form high in the Cwm but we are some way off having ice to climb on.

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