Rockfax Description
A good, long snow route that gives a classic winter-outing
1) 1, 100m. Climb the easy snow-ramp to the snow patch called The Spider
2) 1, 60m. Follow the icy gully leftwards to gain The Fly
3) 2, 50m. Exit The Fly by the gully at its apex
4) 1, 110m. Follow the easy snow slope to finish just left of the summit. © Rockfax

Ticklists: Cold Climbs, North Wales 100 Classic Climbs, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, Snowdonia Easy Winter Climbs.

Matt Schwarz 07/Feb Solo O/S

maybe not full left hand option, but some kind of variant. good outing in amazing sunny conditions. snow is defiantly on its way out though.

with katie
Katie S 07/Feb Solo
lost.arrow 06/Feb Solo O/S
danny269 01/Feb AltLd

Very cold but dry day. Snow on first pitch was very sugary. We followed another party into the gully and consequently any snow that had built up at the crux points was trodden into oblivion necessitating some tricky mixed climbing on the walls of the gully. No ice underfoot but a great icicle runner by Stan on the third pitch. Fantastic views and eventual sunset

with Stan
67hours 24/Jan Solo
with Clay
Clay C 24/Jan Solo O/S
with George
DubyaJamesDubya 24/Jan AltLd
with Paul Hennelly
hamishjfk 04/Apr/13 Solo O/S

Very Sugary and soft not in the best condition

richard s 01/Apr/13 Solo O/S

Route not fully in condition, lots of snow but only partially consolidated and at high level, a thin icy crust over loose powder.

winter hill1 ?/Apr/13 Solo

with Austin caulfield

shed_hed 28/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Roger Cruse 04/Mar/13 Solo O/S
with Kris
lost.arrow 03/Mar/13 AltLd
with Mike Nolan
Hidden 02/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Mar/13 Solo
suffolknick 02/Mar/13 2nd O/S

Pitched an ice smear variation below the fly

with clams
clams 02/Mar/13 Lead
with NB
Dark Peak Paul 24/Feb/13 Lead

Done with Cally as her first 'real' winter climb. Snow a bit soft and crusty but complete.

Darrell Read 23/Feb/13 AltLd
Strachan 23/Feb/13 Lead O/S

Pitched straight to the summit. 6 pitches. Lean but nice, and excellent snow.

robbiek 23/Feb/13 AltLd
with Alistair Everett, Darrell Read
ElvisLeg 22/Feb/13 Lead O/S
with Sally
A Crook 21/Feb/13 Solo O/S
frost 21/Feb/13 Solo
with Adam
Pete_Frost 17/Feb/13 Solo

Bit thin at the start, a few "interesting" mixed moves and then the snow was a bit sugary to the top.

clams ?/Feb/13 Lead

Did iced-up slab as introductory pitch at about III

with NB
jjridley ?/Jan/13 -
bags ?/Jan/13 2nd
Gerallt Owain 13/Dec/12 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Dec/12 Solo
Skinny Kin 13/Dec/12 Solo O/S

Superb neve on a superb crispy sunny day that you don't find often in Snowdonia.

with Rod White
Hidden 11/Dec/12 AltLd
Dan Lane 11/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

Ace, bomber neve all the way. I led pitch 1 and 3, we then moved together above that. In hindsight the whole route was more than soloable but we were expecting it to be a little trickier than usual due to the thaw over the weekend.

Hidden 11/Dec/12 AltLd
Matt Harmon 08/Dec/12 Solo O/S
franhammond92 08/Dec/12 Solo

Awesome fist winter climb. Solo'd with Pete, Fresher and Stephie

pete1993 08/Dec/12 Solo O/S
stefie c 08/Dec/12 Solo
Tom Seccombe 03/Dec/12 AltLd O/S

First winter climb, moved together.

Misha 02/Dec/12 Solo O/S

Late start so headed for the Trinity Face. Slush turned to surprisingly firm snow on the plod up to the Spider. Paul, Ken and Ben went up Central, which was not too bad. I opted for LH and it proved to be hard work and not much fun as every so often I sunk through to the hips. Still, good to get out in the snow for the first time this season.

with Ben M, Ken, Paul
Hidden 02/Dec/12 Solo
Pay Attention 02/Dec/12 Solo
with Misha
Hidden 11/Feb/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 08/Feb/12 Solo
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
cymjt ??/2012 -
Hidden 21/Dec/11 Solo O/S
tim exley 20/Dec/11 Solo O/S

Great first winter climb with good guys n excellent finish

with Dave Love, Tabbs
dts 09/Jan/11 Solo O/S

Moved together.

Hidden 09/Jan/11 Solo
mark_jc 08/Jan/11 Solo
Hidden 03/Jan/11 Solo
texuspete 03/Jan/11 Solo O/S
with Andy Dann, Malcolm Flatt
Hidden 03/Jan/11 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jan/11 Solo
jparry75 02/Jan/11 Solo
with emlyn
31770 ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Tim Sparrow ??/2011 -
gethin_allen 13/Mar/10 Solo O/S

was well banked out with snow making it nice and easy.

with Pete V
jandyd05 12/Mar/10 Solo

Second trinity route in the bag. Approached via Crib Goch traverse then down the Snow softening but still good. Topped out right onto the summit but v poor visibilibility. A bit easy for a II. I/II as per guide is fairer.

Hidden 08/Mar/10 Solo
Nicholas Livesey 07/Mar/10 Solo

Climbed in superb alpine-like conditions. The upper snowfield was a little soft and spooky but low down was in great nick. Topped out to a round of applause from walkers :-)

with Jamie Weaver, Andy Dann
jmjw 07/Mar/10 Solo O/S

Absolutely amazing day out, crystal clear the whole way and good snow conditions, topped out to a snowdon covered with people in trainers.

with Andy D, Nick L
ian2707 05/Mar/10 2nd
smallerrich 24/Feb/10 Solo rpt

Basically swam up it...

with James
farmus21 24/Feb/10 Solo

Went to do Snake Bite but heavy powder and poor weather meant a change of plan... Tried another variant start before the gully proper, a steep turf/ice gully, 10m; fun.

d80f0u 17/Feb/10 Solo

Climbed in glorious sunshine. Some loose powder over névé made it feel a little insecure as a solo.

smallerrich 14/Feb/10 Solo O/S

Tried to make it as interesting as possible at the top in the rocks/turf..

with Me
farmus21 13/Feb/10 Solo

Nice, straight forward and fun, ran up to great sunshine on the summit

with Sam Radcliffe
freemanTom 13/Feb/10 Solo

With exception of a few steep turfy bits near the top found slightly easier than central.

Hidden 13/Feb/10 Solo O/S
Hidden 10/Feb/10 Solo
Dave Rumney 07/Feb/10 Solo

great neve. perfect weather

steven 07/Feb/10 Solo O/S
with Rob Hunt, Brian Hull
MikeLell 06/Feb/10 Solo O/S

Topped out on a crowded Snowdona summit

samrad ?/Feb/10 -
with james G, smallerrich
bullybones ?/Feb/10 -
thecurlyone 30/Jan/10 Solo O/S

Solid Neve. Beautiful day!

with Bernard Lam
Hidden 29/Jan/10 Solo
FrankW 23/Jan/10 Solo O/S
with None
Hidden ??/2010 Solo O/S
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden 29/Mar/09 Solo
Glyn Davidson 08/Feb/09 Solo rpt

Went to do right hand today, wasn't in condition though, very loose and lots of spin drift. Left hand isn't as dependant on the conditions so did that instead.

with Stewart
victim of mathematics 07/Feb/09 2nd O/S

Alpine style. First proper winter gully, awesome.

with Jon
Jonny M 07/Feb/09 Lead O/S

Moved together.

Hidden ?/Feb/09 2nd
Glyn Davidson 15/Dec/08 Solo O/S
with Ali
Ali H 15/Dec/08 Solo

Also, Frenchy and Chris B

with Glyn
Dale ?/Dec/08 AltLd O/S

My first ever winter route merry christmas. Good fun and long day conditions could of been better snow was sugary, but didn't cause me any problems

with johny
Hidden 30/Nov/08 Solo O/S
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
Hidden ?/Apr/07 Solo O/S
rob from scotland ??/2007 -
lost.arrow 19/Mar/06 Solo
with Perry Yapp
richard s 05/Mar/06 Lead
with Kay Smith
Andy Say 09/Feb/06 Solo
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Hidden ??/2006 -
Darrell Read 13/Mar/05 -
with Paul Ylioja
r0b ?/Mar/05 Solo
Mark A Humphries 24/Feb/05 Solo O/S
with Nick Barrowclough
SteveM 21/Feb/05 Solo
with Keith, Tobs
Rich Kay ?/Feb/05 Solo
with sherp
keith leonard ??/2003 -
Goody 06/Jan/02 2nd O/S
akhughes ??/2000 Solo O/S
Iain Thow 10/Mar/99 Solo
Hidden 07/Dec/96 2nd O/S
iskra2000 25/Dec/95 Solo

Christmas Day. Topped out at 4:00pm. Waist deep powder & frozen turf.

with Phil Thornhill
Tim Sparrow ??/1994 -
with Tim Lewis
michaelb1 ?/Feb/93 Lead


Hidden 31/Oct/92 Solo
mark-abz 18/Jan/91 Solo
with Andy W
Hidden 13/Dec/87 Solo
Nick Biven 08/Mar/86 Solo
michael burrows 09/Feb/86 AltLd O/S
with jim kite, ian nettleton
wynaptomos ?/Feb/86 Solo O/S
dodders ?/Jan/86 Solo
with Simon L
Hidden ??/1986 Solo
Hidden ??/1980 Solo
Bolt Phobia 31/Jan/76 Solo
with Wil Hurford
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