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[One of my first winter leads, somewhere on Tower Slabs, Cwm Cniefion, 2 kb]160m. No description has been contributed for this climb.

Photo: One of my first winter leads, somewhere on Tower Slabs, Cwm Cniefion © Alec Roberts
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poor conditions.
morgan91 - Solo O/S - 01/Feb/14

BradleyWhite - Solo - 01/Feb/14

Fat ice made this very steep. Told dad we could run up this quickly on the way home! It was an unexpectedly exciting pitch, pretty much ran it in to 1 because there was nowhere to belay the ice and snow was so thick. Down-climbed the snow ramp to the bottom. Excellent, proper ice climbing!
George_Surf - Lead O/S - 07/Apr/13 with Andy Sanderson

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Mar/13

tom bre - AltLd O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Paul Deane

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Mar/13

PeteWilson - AltLd O/S - 14/Mar/13 with Alec Roberts, Matt Wilson

Hillson - AltLd - 14/Mar/13 with Pete Wilson

Hidden - Solo - 03/Mar/13

Helen's 1st winter route and what a great day for it. Sun and ice in Wales. Fine route, bits of 3 on each pitch. Descended via the Gribin - won't do that again!
philhilo - Lead O/S - 02/Mar/13 with Helen E

robgixer - AltLd - Mar/13

Andy_B39 - Solo O/S - 24/Feb/13

TGreen - 2nd rpt - 23/Feb/13 with Rosie Henstock

TGreen - 2nd rpt - 23/Feb/13 with Phil Pavey

Hidden - Lead - 23/Feb/13

Rosie Henstock - Lead O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Phil Pavey, Tom Green

Different line to my lead
Rosie Henstock - 2nd O/S - 23/Feb/13 with Phil Pavey, Tom Green

Hidden - 26/Jan/13

Truan - 2nd O/S - 26/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jan/13

very poor conditions. Lower ice falls in best nick, total pants after that and forgot my rock pro.
jandyd05 - Lead O/S - 11/Feb/12 with Julie Anglesea

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 08/Feb/12

Climbed tower slabs after walk in up Devil's Kitchen, over the Glyders and down next to Clogwyn Du.
Mike Nolan - Lead rpt - 05/Feb/12

Mike Nolan - Lead rpt - 04/Feb/12

tompilgrem - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/12 with Dad

Took LH line - 4 pitches of nice mixed climbing- with good belays.Grade II.
bobpilgrem - AltLd O/S - 03/Feb/12 with Tom

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 03/Feb/12

Right hand start
cragtyke - AltLd - 02/Feb/12 with Bob Llewelyn

Ice in the frst pitch but hollow, screws would not work. The rest was pretty tedious powder plodding.
Zoomer - AltLd - 01/Feb/12 with Baz Whale

Hidden - AltLd - 01/Feb/12

Andy_B39 - AltLd O/S - 17/Dec/11 with Ben Rigby

MY FIRST ICE CLIMB!! Love climbing the ice, hated the approach, hated the neve and hated the descent, so our of an 8 hour day, I love about 30 mins of it, not including drinking my hot fruit juice at the top!! :-)
staceyjg - 2nd O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Barra

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jan/11

Hidden - AltLd - 09/Jan/11

jaswa - AltLd - 09/Jan/11 with Mike Leahy

Middle start well-formed with fat ice. Led (very tentatively) up that and belayed off a block and a nut whilst Ewan romped up and towed the rope up the next 50m from where we soled to the top on perfect low-angle neve.
NathanP - AltLd - 09/Jan/11 with Ewan

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Jan/11

Mike Nolan - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/11

barni - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/11 with Karen, Liam fleming

Hidden - Solo - 08/Jan/11

First ice lead.Got the bug now.
ojp - Lead O/S - 08/Jan/11 with Andy

tom_holdsworth - AltLd - 05/Jan/11 with Will Taylor

Mostly good condition, just a few diner plates here and there. Tackled all the steepest sections direct, good sport.
wolf.leeb - Solo O/S - 04/Jan/11

Lenny - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/11

great climb, did the ice on the right all the way then came down and climbed the middle line.
al123 - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11

Nicholas Livesey - AltLd - 02/Jan/11 with Rob Pontefract

central lin.
cragtyke - AltLd - 02/Jan/11 with glenn

John Lewis - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11 with Barra

Fiskavaig - Solo - 02/Jan/11 with Paul R

Hidden - 2011

donkster - Lead rpt - 20/Dec/10 with dennis

jparry75 - Solo - 10/Dec/10 with m.evans

liam prince - Solo O/S - 08/Dec/10 with dylan jones

A very cold day, brittle ice and deep powder.
caradoc - Solo - 08/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/10

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Dec/10

in good condition after the mist cleared, right hand side
cragtyke - AltLd O/S - 15/Mar/10

Two good pitches of solid ice. Descended Y Gribin.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd rpt - 14/Mar/10 with Jack Finney

icy bottom pitch was nice, more snow than ice on other pitches
pebbles - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/10 with julian

following Will with Julian on his first winter route whist Peri wandered the hillsides. Good blue ice. Led an ice chandelier at the top, steep and thin about III
lithos - 2nd - 13/Mar/10

Led first pitch up stonking chewy ice. Rob then led up an entertaining icicle before we descended back down the snowy ramp.
Will Smith - AltLd O/S - 13/Mar/10 with Rob and Julian

Hidden - Lead rpt - 10/Mar/10

Hidden - Solo - 07/Mar/10

bullybones - Solo - 07/Mar/10

Roger Cruse - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with Kris

For some unknown reason soloed again. Still outside my solo comfort zone. Finding decent placements was harder than a couple of weeks ago.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Solo - 06/Mar/10 with Jurgen

ian2707 - 2nd - 04/Mar/10

First winter climb.
Ly-Cilph - 2nd O/S - 28/Feb/10 with James M

jon clayton - Lead O/S - 27/Feb/10

Hidden - Solo - 22/Feb/10

Liam FLeming - 21/Feb/10 with karen dalzell

angry pirate - AltLd - 18/Feb/10

Ice pitches were brilliant; felt like more of a struggle where new powder lying on top.
d80f0u - AltLd - 18/Feb/10 with Simon

Dan_S - Lead - 14/Feb/10

Outside my solo comfort zone as anyone who witnessed by stammering ascent would testify. Bit of dinner plating here and there but in good nick.
freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Solo - 14/Feb/10

First lead of full length ice pitch.
Dave Foster - AltLd O/S - 14/Feb/10 with Andy

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/10

mol - 2nd - 13/Feb/10 with Jesse

Jesse Dufton - Lead - 13/Feb/10 with Molly Thompson

Hidden - Solo - 12/Feb/10

AB1965 - Solo - 10/Feb/10

Hidden - Solo - 10/Feb/10

hard brittle ice , lefthand side, descent by terrace to right in mist/dark, done after lower cwm icefall
cragtyke - AltLd - 09/Feb/10

My first proper ice lead, placing screws. I led the right hand steep ice though I noticed a much easier way up the left hand slabs which another team did. Perhaps thats why its ll/lll. Definitely a 3 for me!
Babika - Lead - 07/Feb/10 with Sean Toms, Kiwi Pete

Soloed at the end of the day. Right hand route steeper than the left. Glad to get on easier ground above, as it's longer than it looks, and certainly feels exposed without a rope.
Karlos - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/10

Ian Andrews - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Norman Clacher

Hjort - 2nd O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Jam Mortimer

jambomotamops - Lead O/S - 06/Feb/10 with Toby Vye

A little wet and hollow in places but good route, especially the start.
MikeLell - Solo O/S - 05/Feb/10 with Andy

Hidden - Solo - 05/Feb/10

Russell Roberts - Solo - Feb/10

1philjones1 - AltLd - Feb/10 with Paul

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Jan/10

Hidden - 31/Jan/10

Simon led the interesting first pitch - quite a challenge to follow in walking crampons with straight axes, but I got there in the end. Led an easier pitch above (my first winter lead) and then ran out a couple of rope lengths to the plateau.
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 30/Jan/10 with Simon

Some ice at the start, mostly soft snow
Monkey_Alan - 2nd - 17/Jan/10 with Steve Wales, Thomas Vaughan

ruaidh - Lead O/S - 17/Jan/10 with Baz

tev - 2nd - 17/Jan/10 with Steve, Alan B

Hidden - Lead - 17/Jan/10

dts - AltLd O/S - 17/Jan/10 with Andy Taylor

Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/10

whiting.jp - Solo - 09/Jan/10 with jamesca

groovy_nut - Solo O/S - 07/Jan/10 with Patrick

rob k - AltLd O/S - Jan/10 with P Rolph

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 2010

Hidden - Solo - 29/Dec/09

Took a line on the right hand side of the slabs. Some good short steepish ice sections interspersed with sections of mixed climbing on granular snow with a hard crust. Could do with more thaw freeze to consolidate.
Glyn - AltLd O/S - 28/Dec/09 with Clive Hudson (father)

2nd pitch went right
willson - AltLd - 28/Dec/09 with Wills

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Dec/09

Really goood ice on the first pitch. Route faded out after that but found some sport on rimed rocks higher up.
bms - AltLd - 23/Dec/09 with DW

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Dec/09

Hidden - 2nd - 22/Dec/09

TGreen - AltLd rpt - 20/Dec/09 with Martin G

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Dec/09

Hidden - Solo - Dec/09

deep grappel with frozen turf
Rich35 - Solo - Dec/09

mike_hough_uk - Lead - 14/Feb/09 with Mark Thompson, Jenny Gorman

Hidden - Solo - 03/Jan/09

si_green99 - 2nd O/S - Jan/09 with mike morgan

devilman - Solo O/S - 07/Dec/08

guy stabler - 2008

climber sim - 2007

Hidden - Solo - 23/Mar/06

IOAN D - Solo - 03/Mar/06 with Mills

Hidden - Lead - Mar/06

matthias13 - AltLd - Mar/06 with Jerry lewis

donkster - AltLd O/S - Mar/06 with mudders

Climbed solo with Gary
Mark A Humphries - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/06

Not in fantastic condition but very doable
Tom M Williams - Solo O/S - 25/Feb/06

A Crook - AltLd O/S - Feb/06 with Dom Stockton

Templeton Adams - Solo O/S - Feb/06 with sherp

Hidden - AltLd - 2006

TGreen - AltLd O/S - 12/Mar/05 with Martin G

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Mar/05

SteveM - Solo - 06/Mar/05 with Keith

Tim W - Lead O/S - 28/Feb/04 with Janna Trevorrow

NeilGriffiths - Solo - 04/Feb/01 with Tom Hubbard

Hidden - Lead O/S - 30/Dec/92

nickcanute - Solo - Feb/91

Hidden - Solo - Feb/90

nicholas Barrowclough - Lead - 0000 with Pete Morgan

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Style of ascent

Soloed48 of 143 (33.6%)
Lead24 of 143 (16.8%)
Followed17 of 143 (11.9%)
Alt Leads48 of 143 (33.6%)
Unknown6 of 143 (4.2%)

'Climbed'72 of 143 (50.3%)
clean O/S62 of 143 (43.4%)
clean rpt9 of 143 (6.3%)