/ Ice climbs near Cnicht
Probably because it rarely, if at all, comes into condition long enough for anyone to climb. is it much of a walk in as this could be another factor that would make it a less favourable option to say Idwal and it's almost roadside location!
The stream was climbed by Dafydd Davis and myself in the 1980s at about grade 2 - it is in the Welsh Winter Climbs guidebook written by Malcolm Campbell. However, as Jack Henson lived in Nantmor it was probably climbed much before this. In a very cold spell it is well worth doing though probably a bit easier than it looks.
Hi again. I think we climbed it in 1986 which was a superb winter so it would have been well formed. Also, we were doing many of the harder winter routes in Wales at the time so were going well. Its always hard to grade this kind of thing as most difficulties can be avoided but if you are happy on (say) the Idwal stream it should not be too much of a problem. Dafydd did it in the mid '90s - I have always meant to do it again myself but have been frustrated by snow on the road(!) and by short lived conditions. Hopefully this winter!
Another alternative is a loop from Beddgelert along the Aberglaslyn Pass to Nantmor, then through the back roads and up the SW ridge. Descent to Geli-lago and back via Llyn Dinas. Moel Meirch and Yr Arddu (the western ones) are both worth an explore - lovely wild area. Navigation isn't straight forward, but I never think it's that tricky if you keep an eye on the map.
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