Wind Y gribin

17/03/18

 

From the Ogwen valley floor. A party of eight including myself ascended in the direction of Y Gribin ridge. There was light snow flurries and gale force wind.

 

 

Further up on the route just below the scramble proper the wind gusting over the ridge was becoming strong in excess of 50 mph.

 

 

On the scramble, we kept to the west side of the ridge being relatively protected from the wind.

 

 

Good views were on offer to the surrounding peaks and into the Cwm either side of the ridge.

 

 

At the top we walked across the Glyderau plateau up to the summit of Glyder fawr.

 

 

The party descended to Llyn y Cwn down patches of bullet hard neve and the decision was made to summit Y Garn.

 

 

The wind was buffeting most members of the party on the summit slopes of Y Garn which made for hard going.

 

 

The weather remained clear with less frequent snow but worsening wind.

 

 

The summit of Y Garn offered shelter on the leeward slope. Here the plan was made to down climb the cornice and descend the north-east ridge of Y Garn to Llyn Idwal.

 

 

On the lip of the cornice the wind was around 60 mph blowing ice up into faces which made down climbing difficult and somewhat dangerous for the inexperienced.

 

The Ogwen valley from the summit of Y Garn

 

The party split, six members retracting their steps to descend the Devil’s kitchen path with Dave and I opting to continue down the north-east ridge.

 

The Glyders from the summit of Y Garn

 

We descended a lot quicker with no patches of ice to contend with and were soon out of the worst wind.

 

 

We headed up from Llyn Idwal to meet the rest of the party at the junction of the Devil’s kitchen path.

 

 

After a short while we regained the party and we walked back down to the valley together passing underneath the slabs.

Watch the video HERE.

Author: Starting Point

My blog captures a range of outdoor adventure, each from its starting point, giving a first person account to the highs and lows of each exhilarating adventure. From climbing, mountaineering and camping to mountain biking, water sports and endurance type challenges. These are all my experiences brought alive to you through stories, pictures and video. Enjoy!

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