Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Potential - AVALANCHE - Threat

Report from Nic

Climbed the ever popular Clogwyn Left Hand branch today with my mate Mark . The crux pitch was thinnly iced and tricky negotiating what felt like an overhung few feet but manageable with protection in the corner and a bit of mixed before moving left beneath the small overhang. We finished normally up the righthand narrowing, my axes thumping nicely into the bomber Neve of the upper slope. Top route, it's not all about Scotland after all!

Also, there is avalanche debris at the bottom of Hidden Gully but can't confirm if it was the cornice, i suspect so.

Cheers Nic Sharp

This report off Nick came after I posted my report below, so this just backs up the potential

Avalanches in North wales. A very rare situation in North Wales you may think. However, we need to consider all this fresh snow , with it now lying on that bullet hard neve I think we should be careful for the next few days at least. This thought of mine is backed up by ;

Report form a friend of mine

Went into Cwm Llafar from Bethesda today to look at conditions on the Black Ladders, I was thinking of climbing there tomorrow but it's not a good place to be right now. There's a significant ammount of snow available for transport today. The winds were strong and from the south and all south facing slopes where I was were being scored to the grass whilst the north sides were obviously getting heavily loaded. Just from digging around on some small lee slopes I was finding up to 30cm windslabs developing.

For the next 24 hours I wouldn't be going near anything that's both north facing and exposed to snow slopes either above or below. So Black Ladders, back wall of Cwm Cneifion (corner gully - hidden gully), Cwm Glas and maybe Trinity Face and anywhere else that fits the description. Plenty of other stuff in condition anyway.

Also whilst chatting to another friend of mine, he is of the same opinion . Good chance of avalanche high up on certain aspects,need to be careful.

Play Safe Folks

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