Friday, February 07, 2014

Walk, Climb & Ski in Snowdonia

I have been out with John today, keen to make the most of the snow here in Snowdonia. Web reports suggested lots of powder so I thought it sounded ideal for getting the skis out and trying to combine a bit of touring with a bit of climbing. We carried skis into Cwm Lloer and to our delight found a complete Broad Gully (I/II). There was a bit of spindrift being blown down but the snow was well consolidated and had refrozen overnight. John is a tad heavier than me and didn't find the going quite as easy, seeming to sink with each step in the lower section! It gave a great climb though and plonked us nicely onto the East Ridge of Pen Yr Ole Wen. We put skins on and made our way to the summit, enjoying a quick ski and then skins back on to make our way to the summit of Carnedd Dafydd before skiing back down into Cwm Lloer.

Did we need the skis? No. Were the climbing conditions great? No, it was too warm at +4c. Did we have fun? Hell yeah! :-)

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