Ice climbing around the devil’s kitchen area in the wake of ‘the beast from the east’ and storm Emma. Arrived at idwal cottage 7.30 am to strong winds and light snow flurries.
Climbing with Chris, Simon and Lee. Walking into Cwm Idwal, I have never seen it so frozen, cold but not much snow around. Llyn Idwal mostly frozen up, people even walking on the ice in parts.
Sheltered out of the strong easterly in the Cwm. Overcast snowy clouds most of the day at times offering fleeting glimpses of views into the valleys below when clouds blew away. Short lived patches of blue sky. Everything frozen solid!
Idwal stream was rammed with climbers. Ice in good conditions lots of cauliflower features and taking screws well. Later on in the day (thanks to queues) under parts of the route water was flowing beneath the ice and at one belay I took an ice screw out which was promptly followed by a spout of water.
Climbed with Chris – eager to lead his first ice climb we climbed the stream on Alt leads with me leading pitches 2, 4 and 6. For the upper parts, the angle eased and we moved together to the top of the route.
Waited a while for Simon and Lee behind us and navigated off together with several other parties in poor visibility. Walked back down the devil’s kitchen footpath.
A brilliant day of ice climbing a route that I have never done before. Walking down the descent route ‘The screen’ looked in good condition.
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