Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Thursday, 2 December 2010

02-12-10, Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia - Winter Climbing

Today, I walked into Cwm Idwal with Kath to have a look at how the ice is forming. There is ice and it is getting fatter however, it is only really Idwal Stream which is in good condition. South Gully is climbable along with The Screen, however they will feel hard for the grade. Other ice climbs may just about be climbable but it will be a few more days before they are in good condition. It was slightly warmer today +1 degrees in the valleys. A slight thaw is forecast over the weekend, so with if gets cold again early next week (fingers crossed) Cascades will be great. We climbed Idwal Stream today in 3 pitches at about grade II+. There were a lot of teams climbing it by midday, and I imagine it will be very busy at the weekend!

South Gully - The Screen.

Devils Appendix area.

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