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Areas in Welsh winter climbing

Clogwyn Du 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Clogwyn y Garnedd (the Trinity face) 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Craig y Rhaeadr 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Cwm Idwal 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ysgolion Duon (The Black Ladders) 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 1,084 ft
GPS: 52.469, -3.615 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Nick Russell on Jan 29, 2013
Admins: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell
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Description

Although not as reliable as the Scottish highlands, Wales offers a good variety of ice and mixed climbing, including the much coveted "Devil's Appendix" (VI, 6), perhaps the best pure ice route in the UK! Good conditions can be had for at least a couple of weeks in a typical year, a lot of routes are quick to come in, but also quick to go out again, so be quick.

Most of the climbing is found in the more mountainous regions of Snowdonia (in the North) and the Brecon Beacons (in the South).

Getting There

Snowdonia is accessed from the Midlands by the A5 and from the North via Chester and the A55 coast road. the Brecon Beacons are more accessible from the South of England by the M4.

Guidebooks/Maps

The two main guidebooks for winter climbing in Snowdonia are Welsh Winter Climbs by Cicerone (2009) and North Wales Winter Climbing by Ground Up (2010). Both have very good coverage, though neither is completely comprehensive.

Since a lot of the routes are in fairly remote and mountainous regions, it is recommended that all climbers carry a map and compass (and know how to use them!). The Ordnance Survey maps are very clear and readily available, and are the preferred choice for most UK climbers/hillwalkers. The 1:25000 Outdoor Leisure OL17 and OL18 are the relevant sheets for Snowdonia.

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