Introductory Gully grade II

Had a quick trip into Cwm Idwal this morning with Andy to Climb Introductory Gully which separates the Idwal Slabs from Homicide Wall and goes at about grade II. The conditions were not as good as I was expecting as it was only just freezing and the ice that was on the route was a bit sugary and hollow in places. It did give some good sport but the main bonus was that we had the route to ourselves with only one party below us. We had intended to traverse around to Afon Ifan (Idwal Stream) but I counted 24 people on it so we decided on a short day and a brew.

All the popular routes were being climbed but the main news was that the Devils Appendix had an ascent today from some Plas y Brenin staff which was a fantastic effort given that it looked a bit thin in the middle section. I think if we have a bit of a thaw and then a cold snap then the conditions will get really good.

The top photo is a long shot of Clogwyn y Geifr (Devils Kitchen) and the bottom photo is of Andy on the first pitch of Introductory Gully.


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