Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 3 December 2010

03-12-10, Glyder Fawr, Snowdonia - Winter Climbing

Windy at the top of Glyder Fawr, upper cliff, with Tryfan in the background.

A blustery winters day in Snowdonia today. I was out with Keith and Kath, and we climbed Central Gully on Glyder Fawr upper cliff. The turf was well frozen, more than on Sunday, and gave good entertainment for all! It is a 5 pitch grade IV with an icy tunnel under a huge block on the second pitch (photo below). The snow is still quite fluffy and hasn't had chance to transform since it fell over the last few weeks. However the freezing level rose to about 600m today and it is forecast to be above the summits tomorrow, then eventually drop to valley level early next week. It will mean disappointment and wetness for the weekend climber however it is what the snow and ice needs to get better. Cwm Idwal was busy today, teams climbing Idwal Stream, South Gully, The Ramp, The Screen and Devils Cellar.

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