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Bristly Ridge (Winter)*** II 2/3

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[Bristly ridge, winter., 3 kb]200m. The classic Summer scramble is a sterner test in full Winter conditions, with some great situations on the upper pinnacles. Approach by following the wall up from the Bwlch until it abuts the ridge. Carry on steeply up the East side of the ridge until an awkward ice chimney/gully gains access to the crest. Follow the fine ridge to the plateau over some exciting pinnacles.

Photo: Bristly ridge, winter. © homing-penguin
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This climb is in 75 logbooks, and on 5 wishlists.

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

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

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

Nick Biven - 2014

gazj1986 - 29/Dec/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

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

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

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

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

Dafydd Llywelyn - AltLd - 19/Jan/13

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

Hidden - 19/Jan/13

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

John Nuttall - Solo - 15/Jan/13

Hidden - 2013

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

Roped up for the initial gully. A good route.
JezH - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/12 with Gwen Lancashire

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

Pitched first section (on 2nd) then Alpine Style.
stevemarkperry - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/12 with Glenn Manifold

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

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

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

mh554 - Solo O/S - 03/Nov/12

Hidden - Solo - 04/Mar/12

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

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

Hidden - Solo rpt - 23/Jan/12

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

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

Jaime Mitchell - 06/Dec/11

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

Hidden - Solo - 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Hidden - Solo - 09/Apr/05

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

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Style of ascent

Soloed46 of 75 (61.3%)
Lead4 of 75 (5.3%)
Followed3 of 75 (4.0%)
Alt Leads10 of 75 (13.3%)
Unknown12 of 75 (16.0%)

'Climbed'40 of 75 (53.3%)
clean O/S32 of 75 (42.7%)
clean rpt2 of 75 (2.7%)
dnf1 of 75 (1.3%)