/ south wales winter climbing

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pricey11 - on 15 Jan 2013
any one know of any winter routes in south wales? or a good winter guidebook for the area? cheers
Kyle Warlow - on 15 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp:

Some nice gullies on Pen Y Fan, if the conditions are right.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=133451

Kyle.
smuffy on 15 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp: check out south wales mountaineering club on facebook.
iksander on 15 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp: There are NO winter routes in south wales, and there will be NOTHING in condition by this weekend ;)
chrisbaggy - on 15 Jan 2013
In reply to iksander:
> (In reply to hannahp) There are NO winter routes in south wales, and there will be NOTHING in condition by this weekend ;)

Whats that then? :p
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=torpantau+ice+climbing&hl=en&client=safari&sa=X&tbo...
Webster - on 15 Jan 2013
In reply to chrisbaggy: a figment of your imagination...

Jokes aside there is plenty in south wales if the conditions are right, do a crag search on UKC and join the south wales winter facebook group for conditions updates
ERU - on 15 Jan 2013

> or a good winter guidebook for the area?

There is a guidebook in production but it's not finished yet. Up and Under is selling interim topos that are printed in an 4 format.

Your best bet, for info, is to join this:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/WinterClimbsinSouthWales/
tipsy - on 16 Jan 2013
gethin_allen on 16 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp:
I can't see there being much to go at really, I'm in Swansea and it's really warm. I can't even be bothered to drive the few miles to have a look.
Last time there was anything worth climbing it was far far colder than this in Swansea, and it had been colder for a lot longer.
pricey11 - on 16 Jan 2013
Cheers for the info guys, and for the pessimism iksander, I hope I can prove you wrong at some point! ha ha!
mattrm - on 17 Jan 2013
In reply to smuffy:
> (In reply to hannahp) check out south wales mountaineering club on facebook.

You want the South Wales Winter Climbs group and not the South Wales Mountaineering Club page. To all the folks who've 'liked' SWMC in the past day or so, you've liked the wrong page! I don't mind really, but if you're expecting lots of winter info, you're going to be out of luck.

ERU - on 17 Jan 2013
> You want the South Wales Winter Climbs group and not the South Wales Mountaineering Club page:

This one http://www.facebook.com/groups/WinterClimbsinSouthWales/
BaggieBoy on 19 Jan 2013
In reply to ERU: any updates?
alastairbegley - on 20 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp:

Just back from a brilliant day on Torpantu, low down was a bit thin but the main fall was in good shape, used snow chains to access the car park from talybont and wouldn't have been able to get up without them

http://www.masterplan-photography.co.uk/2013/01/ice-climbing-torpantu-falls
Mitch V8S on 22 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp:
Climbed at Torpantu today and conditions are Good. Did the curtain to the Right of the top pitch. A bit thin and could do with the Turf a bit moor frozen to top out. Its probably been climbed befor ?
lot of Snow on the Road.
Rob Stratton on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to Mitch V8S: Hoping to go up to Torpantau tomorrow Thurs. Anyone know latest road conditions, and best way in?
tipsy - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp: Fresh snow last night. Road will be impossible without snow chains and/or 4x4.
johnhowell - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp:
when I was in Uni there was a super cold winter (1985/86) and all the waterfalls in the Neath Valley froze, it was amazing. No guide books, you just walked up the valley from Pontneddfechan and climbed the bits that were vertical - great fun but I have no idea if they are in condition this year
alastairbegley - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp:
Climbing at Craig Cerrig-gleisiad and Craig y Fro on Wednesday: http://www.masterplan-photography.co.uk/2013/01/ice-climbing-craig-cerriggleisiad-craig-fro
kerry cooper - on 24 Jan 2013
ezzpbee - on 24 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp: group photo from start of main pitch at Torpantau falls today on my profile when it`s approved
Rob Stratton on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp: Tonpantau Falls, Thurs. Whose coat is this jacket?!
The Ivanator - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to hannahp: Went on a hopeful dash to Torpantau this morning, thinking it might be high enough/cold enough to have survived the thaw till today. No such luck, a nice snowy walk and a look at a gushing waterfall in a remote spot was some consolation.
Fingers crossed we get another cold snap before winter is out ...ideally one that coincides with a weekend!
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ezzpbee - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to The Ivanator:
> Fingers crossed we get another cold snap before winter is out ...ideally one that coincides with a weekend!

well midweek had the route with more climbers on it than you can find at breakfast in Pete`s eats, so a quiet weekend would be a miracle

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