/ Recommend easy scramble / alternative to Snowdon Horseshoe ?
Next weekend we are planning to go to Snowdonia with a mate whoís a competent hill walker, has done some high altitude hiking as well as scrambling, but has never lead.
Initially I was thinking of doing the Snowdon Horseshoe as itís meant to be the best hill walk in the area, and Iím assuming that we wonít need any protection (friends, nuts) for that, even in February (?)
Also perhaps you could recommend a scramble, or a hill walk with some scrambling sections, so that both of us could have a good day out with me leading a few scrambling/easy climbing (Diff maximum, or winter I-II) pitches placing gear, and my friend learning the basics of handling trad gear etc?
With needing to rope? North ridge of Tryfan followed by bristly ridge..
or make a step up and do Dolmen ridge.. Dolmen is easy but has one nasty pitch.. its 2/3 I think, but for some reason the pitch hit me and I had to lead it as a pitch.. once you took it seriously it was simple climbing, but we were expecting to move together, almost running up the route..
Bethesda - Grib lem (on carnedd dafydds n.eastern side) - Carnedd Llewelyn - Concrete road - Ogwen valley - Bethesda via bus/hitch
Good - a better version of tryfans n.ridge, and not many people at all.
be taken lightly in this weather
At the harder end of what you're looking at, consider the Clogwyn Y Person Arere, possibly with the diff start, or the utterly brilliant Cneifion Arete.
*although the horsehoe should not be dismissed as a tourist path, it's a stunning route albeit technically easy for anyone with climbing or scrambling experience. I was pleasantly surprised when I did it.
Another vote for crib lem. Tryfan is just a pile of blocks and rather monotonous.
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