Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Edale MRT Mountain Skills...

The weather was fairly burly in Snowdonia today with some high windy and snow showers.

With slightly colder temperatures today we went in search of snow for a brief winter skills refresher for the second day with Edale Mountain Rescue Team.

Cwm Lloer in the Carneddau proved to be a good choice with frozen turf, and neve above 800m+ (pictured).

We decided to make an ascent of the 'Headwall' - grade I of Cwm Lloer which gave some good steep cramponing on firm neve.  Despite being graded as relatively easy this terrain is very serious as the firm neve runs out into boulders!  This Cwm seems to hold winter conditions being protected from mild south westerlies and being north facing.  Hopefully, good climbing conditions will emerge shortly when there is a dump of snow.

We also managed to take in the summit of Carnedd Dafydd where the conditions were widely frozen and verglassed.  From here we descended the south facing slopes back to the A5, taking the time to do some ice axe arrest on some isolated snow patches.

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