Today was a great day in North Wales, clear blue skies and no wind, a complete change to yesterday. Pete and I went on a visit to Llech Ddu. We found windslab on small lee slopes at this level 600m, nothing to worry about here, but highlights that pockets could exist higher up.
A strange noise was heard on walk in !
We climbed a new route V-5/6 , 2 pitches, 30m and 40m. This is just to the right of Lota and made most of the turf around. The first pitch had a small tricky rock section, with the second pitch providing the best climbing on blobs of turf. This route would would be easier with some neve.
Pete on the second pitch of the new route
Next we did the first winter ascent of Corridor Gully - we think ? The line in the guide we feel is in the wrong place and the description is not great. Anyway this proved a really good route with a small overhang to pass. 50m IV-6.
Pete on top section of Corridor Gully
Next we climbed another new route, starting up the first section of Far East Chimney then going direct up the corner. The corner was on thin turf and had v little gear. V-4. This would be less serious with neve in the corner
Finally we took time out to look at the Black Ladders In Its Glory
We did sergeants gully yesterday due to a possible threat of possible wind slab on other routes. The ice was thin in places, as expected with a covering of powder snow. The gully needs a good couple of nights of freezing to be properly formed, so at the moment its do able but thin in places. water in some parts just underneath the ice, so care is required.
Cheers Big Andy Jones