Sunday, December 05, 2010

Conditions Report

Hi Rob,
Well what can I say, Idwal is rocking at the moment. Teamed up with couple Irish guys, Rory and Mike, and Jonah over the weekend, We did South Gully and the Ramp yesterday which were both in good nick, except bit of melt on lower pitch of South gully.
We made an early start this morning to beat the crowds to the Screen. We were there about 0745 and there was already a couple of teams on the Ramp and maybe Central Route. The Screen is in great condition, lovely ice which was taking long screws. Its a little thin in the last corner before top. Mike and I topped out first and decided to get away from the crowds and go on a bit of a journey over Glyder Fawr to Cwm Cniefion. It was a slog up the slopes in powder snow, deep in places (2-3 foot!). We went down Easy Gully into the Cwm, cornices at top. There was a few teams around Pillar Chimney and Left hand. Left Hand didn't look to have much ice at all in the first pitch, couldn't see the rest of it. We had a look at Right Hand and soloed the first half, then moved together through the rest. It was thin with hardly any ice, but turf was good, but not completely frozen.  Ice doesn't seem to be forming too well in the last 200-300 metres.  Came back down Senior's Ridge occasionally stepping into thigh deep snow. Alot of snow has falled the last few days, just needs a little consolidation. We bumped in to Alec coming down and had a chat, I did a double take at first! Not many pictures today as kinda got carried away with all the climbing but have included one of Cwm Idwal on the descent which says it all. Out again on Wed and Thurs, colder on Tues.

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