There is still hope that the winter will stay with us. Yesterday the temperature at home was a tropical 13.5 and a lot of the snow had disappeared but we have enough to carry us over a mild spell I hope. With that in mind and a freezing level of 1000m we ventured on to Snowdon
to see what was available. Not a lot as it happened but not far off as there was lots of snow still around and all it will take is a drop in temperature and the snow should get transformed to perfect neve
. Unfortunately it wasn't quite right today with very soft snow making the going tough and that was just getting to the bottom of the routes on Clogwyn
so we decided to cut our losses and just go for the top of Snowdon
for a look around but unfortunately the visibility was very poor from about 700m.
There were also signs of avalanches all along the PYG
track below Crib Goch
(see above photo)which may have been triggered by the sun and warm weather yesterday. The snow pack was wet down to the grass which wasn't frozen until about 900m but there was still quite a lot of ice still around.
The forecast is for the freezing level to drop to 800m tomorrow but with gales of 50mph above 500m so I think it may be a cragging
We had a lovely walk from Betws y Coed to Llyn Elsi and then down Sarn Helen (the old Roman road) with some spectacular views of the Carneddau with a good covering of snow. The photo was taken by my other son Garmon on his phone.