Welsh Winter Climbs
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Guidebook to winter climbing in Wales. All the classic winter routes, plus many short outcrop climbs. Covers Carneddau, Glyderau, Llanberis, Yr Wyddfa, Nantlle, Lleyn Peninsula, Moelwynion, Rhinog, Cader Idris, Aran, Dyfi and Berwyn. It offers fuller descriptions where available and tackles grading, with advice on mountaineering issues.
- Usually any time between January and March, during a sustained period of cold weather.
- Betws-y-Coed, Capel Curig, Llamberis, Beddgelert.
- All grades covered. Ice climbing and winter routes require a good level of competance to deal with the prevailing conditions.
- Must See
- Western Gully, Carneddau, North Ridge, Tryfan, Central Gully, Lliwedd, and many more.
This guide differs in some ways from its predecessors: it contains descriptions of many more short 'outcrop' climbs; it offers fuller descriptions where they are available and appropriate; it attempts to tackle the grading dilemma. It also offers advice on mountaineering issues for climbers who are seduced onto the tops by the promise of glistening ice only to find deep fresh snow, storm force winds and zero visibility.
This edition further extends the boundaries of the climbing area covered. The area has been subdivided into 12 smaller sections with the aim of setting up a framework of the less well-known areas into which future new routes can be added.
The climbing area
Winter climbing conditions
Style of ascent
Description of climbs
Left and right
Pitch and rope lengths
Star rating system
Belays and runners
Maps and navigation
Cold injuries and first aid
- YR WYDDFA
- LLEYN PENINSULA
- CADAIR IDRIS
APPENDIX: STARRED CLIMBS
Sheet 66/76 Bethesda (Gwynedd) - CARNEDDAU
Sheet 65/75 Snowdon & Betws y Coed - SNOWDON & GLYDERS
Outdoor Leisure Series
Sheet 17 - most of Northern Snowdonia
Sheet 18 - Bala area
Sheet 19 - Harlech (Rhinogs)
Sheet 23 - Cadair Idris
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