Bristly Ridge*** II 2/3
[Bristly Ridge,Glyder Fach, 2 kb]Winter version of the summer scramble classic

Ticklists: Snowdonia Easy Winter Climbs.

Photo: Bristly Ridge,Glyder Fach © rtlart
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This climb is in 175 logbooks, and on 9 wishlists.

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/May/15

Hidden - Lead - 08/Feb/15

Gully moves were awkward due to thin ice and poorly consolidated snow. Upper section of ridge was fantastic - very alpine.
cubehead - Solo - 08/Feb/15

Hidden - 2nd - 08/Feb/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Feb/15

Roger Cruse - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/15 with Mike Nolan

mrginna - Solo O/S - 05/Feb/15 with Helen Rudkin

Hidden - 01/Feb/15

Hidden - Lead G/U - 01/Feb/15

Louvet - 01/Feb/15 with Tarquin

Hidden - Solo rpt - 24/Jan/15

Little Ice, lots of powder made it tough. Soloed after the chimney.
cragtyke - 22/Jan/15 with Ross

No ice, very powdery snow- roped up for the chimney and climbed up the side of the snow gully rather than in it due to conditions which spiced up the route considerably! Great weather gave us stunning views though
Deezel65 - AltLd O/S - 22/Jan/15 with Cragtyke

Some ice at the start of gully, then mostly powder. Turf high in the gully seemed frozen (where exposed).
neal - Solo - 20/Jan/15

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jan/15

Full winter conditions today and well worth the II grade it's given. Great route
ian_v_climber - Solo - 18/Jan/15

Hidden - Solo O/S - 18/Jan/15

Hidden - Solo - 13/Jan/15

Maywood96 - Solo - 03/Jan/15 with sean mercer

bullwinkle - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/15

PeteMc - Solo - 29/Dec/14 with Tom French

tom0french - Solo O/S - 29/Dec/14 with Pete McNamee

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Dec/14

morgan91 - Solo - 28/Dec/14

wspinacz32 - Lead - 28/Dec/14 with Karolina

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Dec/14

My first winter route. Raining and windy, not much snow or ice. Great fun.
adamre12 - Solo O/S - 14/Dec/14 with James Ayres, JamesWilliams

max_dickens - Solo O/S - 14/Dec/14

JamesWilliams - Solo - 14/Dec/14 with Adam Revill, jamesA

Tricky conditions. used one mountaineering axe and walking crampons - would have been a bit easier with a pair of axes!
stratandrew - Solo - 13/Dec/14 with KMC Group

Andrew led one pitch up the approach gully, turf not frozen but plenty of rock for hooking with the single walking axes we carried. Rest of the ridge was moving together with the occasional tricky step protected with the rope around a convenient spike or an axe handle wedged in a crack.
spearing05 - 13/Dec/14 with Andrew

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Dec/14

Hidden - Solo - 13/Dec/14

nation1 - Solo - 12/Jul/14 with Ian C, Chris Cope

Will Jerram - Lead O/S - 27/Jun/14

Hidden - Solo - 11/Mar/14

Hidden - 01/Mar/14

Firm snow, didn't use crampons as kicking steps easier.
splat2million - Solo - 22/Feb/14

wet slush
tomdadom - AltLd O/S - 17/Feb/14 with rbharries

ElliotHale - Solo O/S - 16/Feb/14

iskra2000 - Solo - 16/Feb/14 with Clare Downie

Pitched the first chimney. Moved together the rest of the way.
Purely - 07/Feb/14 with Mat Adams

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jan/14

Hailstrom, poor snow conditions, serious wind and poor visibility forced our retreat from around halfway
homing-penguin - AltLd dnf - 27/Jan/14 with fitzy

Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/14

Nick Biven - 2014

Will Mortimer - 2014 with Chris Wildblood, Jack J Keogan, Chris Joyce

gazj1986 - 29/Dec/13

Jenny Hall - Solo O/S - 06/Oct/13

Bearded Dove - Solo - 25/Aug/13

Bearded Dove - Solo - 22/Aug/13

Hidden - Solo - 08/May/13

a lot of ice and snow
snafu64 - Solo O/S - 27/Apr/13

Approach chimney was excellent. Good climbing on iced up holds.
Prof. Outdoors - Solo - 06/Apr/13

Hidden - 03/Apr/13

shed_hed - Solo - 01/Apr/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Mar/13

Gareth T - Solo - 31/Mar/13 with Tim Popplestone

Matt250 - 31/Mar/13

ladymuck - Solo O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Andy Worster

Hidden - Solo - 28/Mar/13

lewk_c - Solo O/S - 28/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 16/Mar/13

Just a dusting of powder and a little bit of ice in the gullies... more ice on the descent in fact.
BnB - AltLd - 12/Mar/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 02/Mar/13

Mattlloyd10 - Lead rpt - Mar/13

Felix Ottey - Solo O/S - 23/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/13

jezzeroo - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/13 with Chri Skerratt, mark mason

deep snow and heavy fog (low cloud). epic.
Latecomer - 16/Feb/13

Walked up from Ogwen cottage. Got a bit lost finding the cwm below Tryfan, and ended up going up to the south summit, and having to traverse around, in deep now! Not sure we found the right way up the ridge at the start - kept right of the wall, and had two pitches of powder-snow covered grooves, where it was hard to find a hold, although protection could be found! Easier ground above, and then found a large drop - down-climbed, and traversed around, then up, through deep, tiring, unconsolidated snow! Gained ridge in a white-out, and followed GPS (compass was playing up!) to miner's track (though the path is not quite the same as on the OS 1:25,000! Descended on the east side of Tryfan, and had a long walk back to the car at Ogwen Cottage! Felt very hard for the grade in these conditions!
kim.mulji - AltLd O/S - 11/Feb/13 with Stephen Edwards

Lukasz Bulawa - 09/Feb/13

sheelba - Solo - 26/Jan/13

TCarrick - Solo - 24/Jan/13

one axe, barely used. took the chimney to the left of the main chimney start as there was a queue. great fun winter scramble
Webster - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/13

Avoided some of the last parts as so not to be late for work, not in very good condition anyway. Had mini epic on variant start, good times.
BenRyle - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/13 with Steve S

Pitched the initial gully then moved together for most of the rest of the route. Lots of soft and fluffy powder but an amazing day, no wind and barely a cloud!
Dan Lane - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/13 with Mark Ward

markriddington - Lead O/S - 20/Jan/13 with Richard Crompton, Beth Bennett

flying el burro - 2nd - 20/Jan/13 with mark riddington

Dafydd Llywelyn - AltLd - 19/Jan/13

First proper winter climb, pretty epic.
Jonny Nick - 19/Jan/13 with eleytim

Hidden - 19/Jan/13

10029759 - Lead O/S - 18/Jan/13

John Nuttall - Solo - 15/Jan/13

alooker - Jan/13

Hidden - 2013

Hidden - 2013

cymjt - 2013

hairy51 - 2013 with Ben Axford, Joe Andrews

Hidden - Lead O/S - 08/Dec/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/12

Tristan101 - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/12 with James Stops

georgedunton - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/12

Alpine style
Double Knee Bar - Solo rpt - 08/Dec/12 with Steve Perry

Stopsy - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/12 with Tristan

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/12

Tristan101 - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/12 with James Stops

ianstevens - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/12 with Tom Morgan

Getting into good nick. Riming towards the top but lower down mostly just consolidated snowy bits.
ChalkBall - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/12 with David Hunnisett

TomMorgan - Solo O/S - 02/Dec/12 with Ian Stevens

quite a bit of snow but ice not very consolidated
JasonV - Solo - 01/Dec/12

Hidden - Solo - 01/Dec/12

Hidden - Solo - 01/Dec/12

wynniemandela - 2nd - Dec/12 with Rich Jones

Didn't start off til 7pm as we only decided as work was ending to pop across, good choice!
Blurgy319 - Solo - 30/Nov/12 with Mark Freestone

HIGHTOWER - Solo - 29/Nov/12 with Mark Amyes

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Nov/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 27/Oct/12

Hidden - Aug/12

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/12

Frank Blakeley - Solo - 04/Mar/12 with Si

tom_holdsworth - AltLd - 05/Feb/12 with Chris Postlethwaite

Easy yet interesting climbing, pitched the steep sections
Blurgy319 - Lead O/S - 04/Feb/12 with Lee Wales

Great fun
Cardi - Solo O/S - 04/Feb/12 with Tom R

Nordic - 04/Feb/12 with Tom Morris, Vicki Cox

Hidden - 2nd - 04/Feb/12

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Feb/12

Tom Hecht - 03/Feb/12 with Iona Pawson, Lotte Stuer

Hidden - Solo rpt - 23/Jan/12

paulharmer - 2nd - 02/Jan/12 with David Hale, Vernon Bayliss

Hidden - Solo - 2012

wendys - 2012

matt0759 - Solo - 10/Dec/11 with JamesA

Hidden - 10/Dec/11

Jaime Mitchell - 2nd O/S - 06/Dec/11

Jaime Mitchell - 06/Dec/11

mr mills - Solo rpt - 02/Jun/11

jshields - Solo - 03/Jan/11 with Ed James

Solid neve in the gullies, with powder and some verglass on the rock steps.
Roch - Lead O/S - 02/Jan/11 with MRT

Hidden - Solo - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 22/Dec/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 19/Dec/10

Matt1234 - Solo O/S - 12/Dec/10

Slushy snow in the approach gully, good wet 'climbing' further up. Lots f snow on top of Glyder Fach.
Zoomer - Solo - 11/Dec/10 with George Best, Alex Rafferty

gingergeorge - Solo - 11/Dec/10 with Glen Bloomer

alpine style
kel1989 - Solo O/S - 09/Dec/10 with Adam King, Tom Allan, Joe Lewis

A tiring yet satisfying ascent - Sinister Gully midway traverse provided the greatest obstacle as well as being chocker with powder (above waist deep now) Splendid setting and excellent to combine with Tryfan North Ridge.
Tom Hecht - 05/Dec/10 with Tom Livingstone

Pat 350 - AltLd O/S - 03/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Nov/10

Simulclimbed after the gully
stuart34 - Lead O/S - 27/Nov/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Nov/10

texuspete - Solo O/S - 21/Nov/10

LeeJWC - AltLd O/S - Nov/10 with Joel Chidley

Nicely snowwed up though mostly powder - no real need for crampons at the time of climbing - an axe may also have been useful if only to clear away snow and ice in search of the next hold.
andy dunn - Solo - 04/Apr/10 with J

rob k - AltLd O/S - 03/Apr/10 with H Griffin

excellent route, never hard but absorbing
no_more_scotch_eggs - 14/Mar/10 with tamsin

Deep snow to Sinister Gully and to ridge. Top wall of Sinister Gully wet but mainly clear of ice. A few tricky exposed moves in winter conditions made for a stunning days climbing.
tonymw - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Richard Carratu

TGreen - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/10 with Martin G

Hidden - Solo - 21/Feb/10

rocket - Solo - 17/Feb/10

awkward step down to gap
ross duffield - Solo - 13/Feb/10 with row

Hidden - Feb/10

In surprisingly good condition.
Nicholas Livesey - AltLd - 24/Jan/10 with Gavin Diegnan, Jeff Smith

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Jan/10

edinbed - Solo - 17/Jan/10

stev1e.wilso - Solo - 08/Jan/10 with Tom

Hard conditions because of deep unconsolidated powder, falling snow, -6c and 45mph winds! Eyelids froze up!
Sean Kelly - Jan/10 with Mark Torrance

wolf.leeb - Solo rpt - 2009

wolf.leeb - Solo O/S - 2008

Big Lee - Solo O/S - 04/Mar/06 with Dan O'Brien, Tim Howarth, Conrad Bower, Mike Reading

Winter scramble with the IBFC crew
finter22 - Solo - 10/Jan/06

Hidden - Solo - 09/Apr/05

size9hex - Solo O/S - Mar/05

Rich Kay - Solo - Feb/01

Jacob Ram - Solo - 19/Jan/98

Hidden - Solo O/S - Feb/92

teespaddler - AltLd - Jan/90 with Mercian MC Partners uncertain

Hidden - Solo - 1990

Icy low down & powder on pinnacles. Andy's first time on the hill in winter.
Iain Thow - Solo - 25/Jan/86 with Andy Knowlman, Mike Smith, Bob Lister

Hidden - Solo - 22/Jan/83

Simon cook - Mar/77

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