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Winter mountaineering

Postby Fruitbat » Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:08 pm

Anyone into winter mountaineering and ice climbing? Snow and ice are in this year - supposed to be some of the best Wales and Scotland have seen in at least a decade if not a lifetime! I have done a little tiny bit of winter walking but want to start getting some more confidence, skills and experience under my belt this winter.
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Postby Gelert » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:07 pm

Make the best of it. This cold snap will soon be over and conditions will be deteriorating dangerously as the more significant accumulations become less stable during the thaw. Add that to the routes that have been in nick being hacked out by the multitudes...as you can tell I prefer more sedate activities like farting about Pete's Eats and making grand excuses to any actual winter mountaineering.
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Postby The Duke » Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:30 pm

Well this is a strange thing.

Best snow and ice conditions for years and I've not bothered with it.

Got my mind on other things.
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Postby Fruitbat » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:14 pm

Pete's eats is an excellent excuse in Snowdonia but none the less I want to be warm enough and fit enough to gain some winter mountaineering skills this once in a lifetime winter!!
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Postby Gelert » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:40 pm

[quote="Fruitbat"]Pete's eats is an excellent excuse in Snowdonia but none the less I want to be warm enough and fit enough to gain some winter mountaineering skills this once in a lifetime winter!!


No such thing as a once in a lifetime winter matey.

Firstly, and most pragmatically, have a look at Llansadwrn wx Snowdonia snowline record. You will see good snow & ice conditions in several recent years amongst meagre years also.

Also, philosophically, I'll borrow from Andy Kirkpatrick's blog

http://www.andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/vi ... avalanche/

I know largely he's on about avalanches, but it does provide perspective on objective dangers in general as well, particularly regarding "dance cards"

All this said, how's your weekend looking?
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Postby Gelert » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:58 pm

[quote]deteriorating dangerously as the more significant accumulations become less stable during the thaw.


These balls are gristle, not crystal - but the below is one of several.

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That's the tin lid on it.

But apparently set to get colder next week again though...
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