Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Crib Goch in the snow

Winter has arrived in the mountains! Laurie and Charlies advanced scrambling course turned into a winter mountaineering course this morning after the snowfall of yesterday evening and last night. As I drove down the Ogwen valley this morning there was snow down to about 600m so it was time for a change of plans. Fortunately they were both size 8 feet and so I was able to lend them some winter boots, crampons and axes and we headed up Crib Goch. It was pretty breezy on the East Ridge but the wind died down as the day went on and was fine on the crest of the ridge. We put crampons on about 3/4 of the way up the East Ridge as there was plenty of verglass as well as the fresh snow. For Charlie it was a first winter outing so well done both - a nice tick for November! 

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