Monday, 18 January 2010

A couple of ice climbing pics

Lou seconding me up the first pitch Devils Pasture in Cwm Idwal - a sustained 60m pitch of awesome ice!

Jim McCormack climbing the Screen a fanastic, steep route which I climbed later in the day.

Friday, 15 January 2010

The Thaw Begins...

It was awesome while it lasted but I woke this morning to driving rain and a gale force southerly. With a warm and wet forecast for the next few days it looks like winter is Wales is over for a while. I made the most of yesterday and climbed in Cwm Idwal (along with the rest of the world) on beautiful ice under a blue sky - it doesn't get much better. We climbed the Devils Pasture and the awesome Screen.

There have also been a few avalanches around Snowdonia and with the warm and wet weather today I would expect a few more so watch out if you are heading out into the hills!

I have also been to the lakes and Scotland over the past few weeks and enjoyed some excellent mountaineering days out - culminating with the Aonach Eagach ridge in Glencoe. Heres some photos.

Derwent Water from Catbells

Buachille Etive Mor at Sunset

Lou on the summit ridge

Me on the start of Curved Ridge

The Aonach Eagach Ridge