Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

04-01-10, Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia - Winter Climbing

It is all kicking off in North Wales. First day out for me this year, having just arrived back from Chamonix, to find an awesome winter wonderland. Right - the queue for The Ramp III,3 and The Screen IV,4. I was climbing in Cwm Idwal today with Kathryn, along with 20 or so other teams! We climbed South Gully IV,4. Very good condition, 3 pitches 3/4/2 excellent thick ice taking long screws. 6 teams climbed this route but teams were also seen on Chicane, The Ramp, The Screen, Devils Pasture, Devils Appendix (top pitch). Basically its awesome at the moment, plenty to do, lots of ice and lots of snow. New and rare routes being climbed all over.

It was sub-zero and also snowed all day, probably 6 inches fell. It was fairly windy as well so I dare say there will be windslab around. More snow forecast overnight, with high winds tomorrow.

Postcard view down the Nant Francon Valley.

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