Snowdon Horseshoe (Winter)*** I
[Snowdon Horseshoe, January 2013, Crib Goch towards Snowdon, 1 kb]The Horseshoe in winter conditions!

Ticklists: Britain's winter ridges, North Wales 100 Classic Climbs, Snowdonia Easy Winter Climbs.

Photo: Snowdon Horseshoe, January 2013, Crib Goch towards Snowdon © Dan724
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This climb is in 87 logbooks, and on 13 wishlists.

Absolutely amazing route
tommylongfellow - Solo - 02/Mar/15 with Dava

Hidden - 08/Feb/15

KBerggren - 08/Feb/15 with Megan Brown

Hidden - Solo - 07/Feb/15

Hidden - 07/Feb/15

Taking a group of people out from LUMC
TAG_UTLEY - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/15 with Georgia

Maywood96 - Solo - 07/Feb/15 with sean mercer

Sophie Nunn - 07/Feb/15 with Ian L, Floris

Hidden - Solo - 02/Feb/15

Redwall - Solo - Feb/15

Camped at Snowdonia Park Campsite in Waunfawr on friday night, had a lovely pint of Theodore Stout produced at the brewpub on site. Both slept in our new solo tents. Left before sunrise and parked at Pen-y-pass car park for 10 all day. Was very windy and cold. Left the car at 7:45am and took the Pyg Track. Wardens notice said 70mph winds and 45cm snow for the day before, recommended crampons and ice axe which were packed thankfully. Temperature said -5 and feels like -15 which I'd say was pretty accurate on the ridge itself. Caught the sunrise colours hitting Glyder Fach shortly after setting off. Great views down the Llanberis Pass, first views of the horseshoe and Snowdon summit which stayed in clag most of the day. We broke off from the Pyg and proceeded up the Crib Goch Path, Crampons and micro spikes fitted we followed a fairly intermittent path up until we lost it in the snow drifts. Decided to head round to the right and traverse diagonally up to the summit. Met a couple of lads who where a little unprepared and asked if they could follow us like we knew where the path was haha. Jethro took us up a short gully with his ice axe which was quite demanding and very exciting all the same, very glad I had crampons on for that. Our first experience of winter mountaineering and ice climbing went well. Got up to the summit cairn of Crib Goch 923m, as did the two chaps with no spikes or axes, they had to dig out holds for hands and feet. Got to hand it to them, they had some balls, good effort. Met another guy on his own who came up from the side further along and followed us for a while. Not sure if it was hail or snow balls blown off the ridge into our faces but it stung. The ridge was spectacular with views all round and very narrow, could walk along it for a while and then was forced by the wind to traverse while holding the top with my hands. Went left round the first of the pinnacles then left again and then to the right of the third and final one. The path eased off a little on the other side and could see a couple of guys starting a mixed climb of ice and trad up the north face of Crib Goch. Hiked along the Crib y Ddysgl and up the Garnedd Ugain via a strenuous scramble over large rocks to its summit trig point at 1065m. from here it was steady hiking to the top of Snowdon along the Llanberis Path and the Mountain Railway. Came past the junction of The Pyg Track and met a load of people. Arrived on the top of Snowdon for about midday. Station and visitors centre cafe were closed for the winter unfortunately but adequate shelter was found round the side of the building to drink coffee, eat chocolate hobnobs and celebrate with a wee couple snifters of Monkey Shoulder and Jura Whiskeys. Quick photo at the summit trig point as it was horrendous on the top. Headed directly down along the start of the Watkin Path to the South west Ridge and Bwlchysaethau snow banks were great fun power sliding in then along the climb of Y Lliwedd, fairly well signposted path with cairns zig zagging up to the summit at 898m. Was blessed with some stunning scenery and lovely crepuscular rays over in the south. Ate some rather frozen Jelly beans courtesy of Jethro. A short down and back up to the double top of Y Lliwedd and then followed the ridge down. Witnessed some really cool snow devils or vortexes whipping up the snow along the edge. From here the wind started to pick back up again and took me off my feet. Had to literally crawl on hands and feet and all while being hammered by ice. Finally made it to the Miners Track and the water of Llyn Llydaw. Took crampons off and hiked back along a good well maintained path past disused mining huts and works. Arrived back at the carpark for about 3pm. Cooked with Jetboils in the car haha. Jethro had tracked the route on his watch and it came in at 8.87 miles in 6 hours 48mins. One of the most incredible experiences I've ever had, cant wait to get out again for more winter scrambling. Very impressed with my crampons and with Jethro's ice axe skills along the way :) Wow! what a day Sorry for the massive write up :/ got carried away but I hope you enjoy
atom - 31/Jan/15 with Lee Parker

Luke Jones - 24/Jan/15 with Will

BenRyle - Solo rpt - 04/Jan/15 with Steve Keys

snow low visability roped for some sections
James A.S Read - AltLd - 2015

philhc - 2015

Beautiful clear day, although cloud on Crib y driscall and Snowdon. Powdery snow. Started on Crib Gogh North Ridge
ankyo - Solo - 29/Dec/14

Extensive snow cover, but nothing requiring crampons.
Monkey_Alan - Solo - 28/Dec/14 with Max Streeton

Not particularly wintery (didn't have to get the crampons out) but a few snow patches to tackle and needed the axe once or twice. Great day out in 'Alpine' conditions!
David Kay - 01/Mar/14 with Moritz Lessmann

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/14

Moved together alpine style along the Crib Goch / Crib y Ddysgl for extra security in high winds. Loaded Gullys, Cornices, funneled wind of 65mph+, white out conditions, epic long day out
BStar - AltLd - 22/Feb/14 with Will Dean

moved together with Adam, alternating leads. Snow improved with ascent. Only patches on Lliwedd. High winds made it interesting on those flat sections where the knife-edge disappears. You may call it 'crawling', I call it 'freestyle'. Claimed as onsight because it's my first time in winter
wjcdean - AltLd O/S - 22/Feb/14 with Adam Bird

oldmanofmow - 2014

Nick Biven - 2014

Snow, hoar and icy rocks on Grib Goch and up on Snowdon, not much at the level of Lliwedd though.
TobyA - Solo - 29/Dec/13

Slight rain at the car park, snow and ice on Crib Goch and fair amount of snow on Snowdon.
dtbrad - 29/Dec/13 with Jon 'The Bull' Morton, Oliver 'Pinkus' Marcs, Dave 'Chod' Chesson, Joe 'killer' Strutt, Wayne 'Crag Rat' Martucci, Andy Harris

Dingchav - 29/Dec/13 with Wayne martucci, Joe Strutt, dtbrad

wayne martucci - 29/Dec/13 with andy

Joe Strutt - 29/Dec/13 with dtbrad

Completed in under 5hours, just, lovely day!
Ceridwen - Solo O/S - 30/Nov/13

Harry's second route. Really great day. He performed admirably. He was unfazed by the exposure.
davidbird63 - Solo - 24/Nov/13 with Harry Bird

Yet another perfect alpine day! worth the 3.30 am start for a one day raid.
Caralynh - Solo - 06/Apr/13 with Jez Hadall

Superb - even got a sun tan.
JasonV - Solo - 06/Apr/13

Hidden - Solo - 06/Apr/13

Hidden - 06/Apr/13

Unreal! Perfect Alpine conditions.
NickNixon - Solo O/S - 03/Apr/13

yelotango - Apr/13

Jayzen - 31/Mar/13 with Paul Hardy

Felt very Alpine, especially with the weather. Good day out.
shed_hed - Solo - 31/Mar/13

Alpine day, sunburned face. Thick ice crust on Lliwedd Bach
Mayaculpa - Solo - 31/Mar/13 with Jason

Greatest day!
S1LL - Solo O/S - 30/Mar/13

jayyaj - Solo - Mar/13 with Mike Unwin

Hidden - 16/Feb/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - Feb/13

Excellent conditions. Waist deep snow at times, otherwise generally about 6 inches of powder on summits and a decent cover down to 600m.
Dan724 - Solo - 15/Jan/13 with Dan Jones

Superb day, great views, great route, nice pics! Lliwedd a bit of a slog!
Danjones - 15/Jan/13 with Dan Hale

Hidden - 2013

Can't really remember the first time I did this!
Pete_Frost - 2013

Hidden - 2nd - 2013

cymjt - 2013

Hidden - Solo - 03/Dec/12

r.greaves - 01/Dec/12 with bob ellis

Hidden - Solo - 30/Nov/12

Hidden - 09/Feb/12

BenRyle - 03/Feb/12

Perfect winter conditions
mullermn - Solo β - 28/Jan/12 with Ben Oliver, Andrew B, Luke Vincent, Kylie Richards

Tom Hecht - 28/Jan/12 with Lotte Stuer

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Jan/12

Hidden - 2012

Darkskys - 2012

Found this extremely hard./ Fitness levels not good.
PaulR1964 - 22/Jan/11 with SMT

Rick Ashton - Solo - 08/Jan/11

Adi Hooper - Solo - 02/Jan/11

JamesM - 2011

fattylee - 2011

oliverk - 2011

Luke Brooks - Solo - 2011

Hard work, lots of powder. Broke trail all the way from first lake to Snowdon. Brilliant day
Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 19/Dec/10 with Steve Sharland

johnwoo - Dec/10

twem - Solo - 08/Mar/10 with Andy Harbach

Mayaculpa - 07/Mar/10

lithos - 2010

Mr Fuller - Solo O/S - 14/Feb/09 with Joe Barker

victim of mathematics - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/09 with Jon

Theeni - Solo - 30/Nov/08 with Matt Kemp

Hidden - Solo - Jan/08

tombeasley - Dec/07

This was the first time, a while back. Winter is coming. . . :)
Gadgeteer - Jan/07

Hidden - Solo - 05/Mar/06

Hidden - 16/Apr/05

industrialiceman - 19/Dec/04

tom_holdsworth - Solo - 06/Jan/03 with Will Taylor

alan moore - 2000

Leicester Poly MC trip
Yourlead - Solo - Jan/85 with John Sellers

Lots of snow above 1500ft
Iain Thow - Solo - 09/Apr/83

Hidden - Solo - Jan/78

crowberry gully - Solo - 02/Mar/74 with John Willson

Sean Kelly - 25/Dec/69 with Dick Curtis

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