Snowdonia Scrambles and Climbs

Delicate Footwork on the Milestone Buttress

I’ve been out with Gordon the last 3 days. We first met last winter when we did Ledge Route on Ben Nevis. Since then Gordon has got the bit between his teeth and now has various alpine aspirations  – in europe and possibly also in New Zealand. These 3 days were aimed at improving his ability to climb in big boots with a rucsac – a very necessary skill for alpine climbing.

Spectacularly wet and greasy rock meant we did not quite push the grades that he had hoped for but in terms of developing delicate footwork in adverse conditions it was ideal. In the 3 days we climbed scrambles and easy rock climbs on the Idwal Slabs, the Gribin Facet, East Face of Tryfan and the Milestone Buttress.

On the last day the sun even came out and it was a surprise just how few people seemed to be out enjoying the great late autumn conditions.

Slippery rock on the East Face of Tryfan

Hurrah! Sun at last in the Ogwen Valley

Trying hard on the Milestone Buttress

Trying hard on the Milestone Buttress

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