Arrived on the Friday with the idea of climbing in Dinorwig. Made our walk into the Australia area just as it started to rain heavily. We took shelter and it soon blew over. Tried again to look at some routes but it turned to heavy snow and we decided to go for a little walk around instead then visit the slate museum. Turned out the museum was shut due to staff training so we went to the pub.
Saturday – A walk up the Pyg track from Pen y pass to the base of the trinity face. Conditions seemed more stable than the last visit between Christmas and new year were retreat was required. However, still signs of graupel when off the path lower down. As we ascended into the ‘white spider’ snow was firmer and the gully appeared to be in condition.
Ascent of central trinity. We moved roped together belaying were necessary to bring Liz up. Nothing pitched, patches of good ice and decent snow. Turf frozen on upper pitches, no notable cornice.
Heavy ‘dry’ snow all day with little wind until the top out which was benign. Visibility was impaired on upper pitches and summit, not enough to need nav but enough to get no views, cloud down to ~500 m. Liz too tired to make a traverse of Crib goch pinnacle ridge. She made descent down the Pyg track from the top, I headed over Crib y ddysgl and traversed the knife edge. Descent of the east ridge was a little bit slippy in places due to new snow. Brilliant day out with plans of Broad gully on Pen yr Ole Wen the next day. Sunday was forecast for 5 degree summits and rain all day so we went indoor climbing at Plas y Brenin before a walk around fairy glen.
Stayed in YHA Llanberis
Weekend of 19th Jan
No video due to GoPro battery dying on approach to the route.