The North Ridge (Winter)*** I/II
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Ticklists: Snowdonia Easy Winter Climbs.

Photo: The North Tower from below © Tom Hecht
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Hidden - Solo O/S - 02/May/15

Climbed in summer, conditions of winter!
Ian Campbell - Solo O/S - 02/May/15

Some slippy bits and slightly exposed at points. Overall good.
Dommant91 - Solo - 14/Mar/15

Nice scramble with quality weather. There was snow on the ground and ice in the cracks but was able to happily scramble up most sections without crampons (the odd section felt quite bold).
MPSBunny - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/15 with Robby Pineda

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

Fantastic weather - blue skies and no wind. Fair amount of snow but it's still quite powdery and not well consolidated.
cubehead - Solo - 08/Feb/15

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Feb/15

andrewmcleod - Solo - 06/Feb/15 with Zack Coleman

Heather Osborne - Solo - 03/Feb/15 with Mike Nolan

Redwall - Solo - Feb/15

Loose snow, strong winds and agonising toothache!!
John Eley - Solo - 31/Jan/15 with Martin o'mahony

Hidden - Sent dnf - 25/Jan/15

lee1234 - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/15

cathymiller - 24/Jan/15

Ice at all levels made some of the steps interesting for Richard on his first winter outing
simonscubadiver - Lead β - 19/Jan/15 with Richard Scamans

fuzzysheep01 - Solo O/S - 18/Jan/15 with MMC

summerse - Solo β - 18/Jan/15 with Mike Kinge, Charli Wisbey

Karlos - Solo - 18/Jan/15 with MMC

TomGB - Solo - 18/Jan/15 with Pierce Ferris, Pete Nielsen, Vicki Cox, Stewart Moody, Joe

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

Hidden - Solo - 18/Jan/15

Reached the summit on a break of the bad weather. Some sleet showers and cold wind. great challenge.
rob malik - 17/Jan/15

crag_hopper_Jay - Solo - 04/Jan/15 with Hannah Renshall, Andy Peters

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

Great day out, climbed with glenn
climber34neil - Solo - 30/Dec/14

Plenty of snow and verglas made it a bit more interesting, lovely morning on a beautiful mountain, precursor to going to Scotland where the ice axe and crampons will come out of the bag! :)
Matthew Martin Wsm - Solo rpt - 29/Dec/14 with Ash payne, marc fenton, ian marshall

Plenty of snow and a well-trodden path all the way. Avoided the awkward step by traversing left and going up the gully.
DaveHall246 - Solo - 29/Dec/14

Paul led top tower pitch. Previously soloed
tom bre - 2nd rpt - 29/Dec/14

The Bad Cough - Solo rpt - 28/Dec/14 with Adam Graham, Agnes Kowal, John Nesbitt

Good covering of snow and some verglass. pitched one short section then moved together for the rest with occasional direct belays off a spike/boulder
spearing05 - 13/Dec/14 with Andrew

Hidden - 13/Dec/14

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Dec/14

Hidden - 13/Dec/14

carried axe and crampons but not needed. Light scattered snow on ridge and more on summit
Babika - Solo - 06/Dec/14 with Sean Toms

great day, sunny, little wind, roped up for one short section on north tower direct as snow powdery.
cragtyke - 16/Feb/14 with Ross

Done unintentionally without crampons/ice axes.
magsb - Solo - 16/Feb/14

Deezel65 - Solo O/S - 16/Feb/14 with Cragtyke

Lots of deep snow and gale force winds. With Ian and Scott.
stokienomad - Solo - 15/Feb/14

Winter Mountaineering with PYB.
Josh Plimbley - Solo rpt - 04/Feb/14

Practised moving together
ADConway - 02/Feb/14 with David Nichols

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Feb/14

New year, new gear, lots of fun.
peachos - Solo - 02/Feb/14 with Scott Stanley

scottidog - Solo - 02/Feb/14 with Carl Peachey

Darrengold - 27/Jan/14 with Rainhill Rangers

saraguti - Solo - 11/Jan/14 with marco

Hidden - Solo - 10/Apr/13

Prof. Outdoors - Solo - 06/Apr/13

shed_hed - Solo - 01/Apr/13

Superb for practising alpine techniques (moving together, short roping, etc).
efetunc - Apr/13

Lovely weather, lots of snow, did some of the harder scrambling on the first ridges but went round the left of the nose to go straight up the notch gully and avoid the drop into the notch (wish we hadn't, not many / any previous people had and seemed harder than the rest)
PerrinT - Solo - 31/Mar/13 with Emma

Hidden - Solo - 31/Mar/13

Jayzen - 31/Mar/13 with Paul Hardy

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

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

Matt250 - Solo - 31/Mar/13

Perfect winter conditions
Stefan Trebicki - 30/Mar/13 with Mike, Jim Symon, Liam Brady

awesome alpine day!
Matt Schwarz - Solo O/S - 30/Mar/13 with Phillip Johnson

phillipjohnson - Solo - 30/Mar/13 with Matt schwarz

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

Ade7 - Solo - 30/Mar/13 with Vicky, Sam C, Stewart

Perfect winter conditions. Ice axe and crampons required. Alpine style ascent of pinnacles, soloed before that.
blue-icefox - AltLd - 30/Mar/13 with Graham

Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 30/Mar/13

2010_graham - Lead O/S - 30/Mar/13 with blue-icefox

Gareth T - Solo - 29/Mar/13 with Tim Popplestone

Mike.Kinge - 29/Mar/13 with gareth

JonesJ - Solo - 29/Mar/13

Hidden - Solo - 28/Mar/13

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

SAF - 26/Mar/13 with Ben Moody

Alex.M-M. - Solo - 24/Mar/13

deep powder snow
JasonV - Solo - 24/Mar/13

Lots of powder!
CM1992 - Solo - 20/Mar/13 with Jacob Swift

Lovely! About 6 inches of powder, nothing consolidated.
Binder - Solo - 17/Mar/13 with David B, Chiz, Harri K, Toby

Great fun. Didn't take crampons or ice axe. To be honest, didn't really need them as the snow was soft but not too slippery.
gravity - Solo - 17/Mar/13 with Chiz Harward, Harriet Kirk, George, David

Roger Cruse - AltLd rpt - 17/Mar/13 with Kris

lots of snow, no ice. really fun
mcgovern - Solo - 16/Mar/13 with TommyMcG

spindrift, snow conditions partially ok, partially too soft
Alessandro Tentori - Solo O/S - 13/Mar/13

gavinpeach - 10/Mar/13 with James, Steph, Max Pendleton

Hidden - 02/Mar/13

TommyMcG - Mar/13 with Conor McGovern

TAG_UTLEY - Solo - Mar/13 with Colin

as descent from Glyders
yelotango - Solo - Mar/13

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

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

jezzeroo - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/13 with Chri Skerratt, mark mason

mksmith35 - Solo O/S - 09/Feb/13

No crampons or ice axes used, snow was unconsolidated and melting. Definitely not in. More like a wet summer scramble.
Ragingpossum - Solo O/S - 09/Feb/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/13

Dirty Knees - Solo O/S - 08/Feb/13 with Matt Alexander

Not fully frozen but lots of snow
Jamiet297 - 08/Feb/13 with Steve Price

sheelba - Solo - 26/Jan/13

More wet mush than snow, not really in winter condition but a good day out never the less. Descended the south side of Tryfan, looked at bristly ridge but decided to leave it for a less rainy day.
Puma - Solo - 26/Jan/13 with Jamie Brown

Very wet snow, and not that much of it. Slippery in places but no need for crampons. Cracking day out.
Jamie Brown - Solo - 26/Jan/13 with Paul Davies

TCarrick - 24/Jan/13

with 1 axe and no crampons most of the way
Webster - Solo - 24/Jan/13

Great day with perfect weather
Croakinglizard - 24/Jan/13 with Pete Derett

Perfect day of fluffy, deep powder. No need for crampons as nothing consolidated or icy underfoot.
Lil_Pete - 24/Jan/13 with Croakinglizard

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jan/13

Glyn Davidson - Solo rpt - 19/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo rpt - 19/Jan/13

r.greaves - 19/Jan/13 with bob ellis

Didn't see a soul all day. Up and down from camp in 5.5 hours. a lot of powder
android_lloyd - Solo - 18/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - 01/Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - 01/Jan/13

alooker - Jan/13

Hidden - Solo - Jan/13

bleddynmawr - 2013

Hidden - 2013

MarkCunnington - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/12 with Anna Morris

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

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

jimmysdead - 02/Dec/12 with Rhi, Alec

Hidden - Solo - 01/Dec/12

Hidden - Solo - 01/Dec/12

DannyK - Lead rpt - 01/Dec/12 with chrislgk, Katie

snow and ice above 500m or so but no need for ice axe or crampons. Always a great route
bvilsue - 18/Nov/12

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

tunaficiency - Solo O/S - 28/Jan/12 with kate surry

Hidden - Solo - 28/Jan/12

herman0055 - 28/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo - 27/Jan/12

Hidden - Solo rpt - 23/Jan/12

buxtoncoffeelover - Solo - Jan/12

First winter ascent of Tryfan by the North Ridge. A bit slippery but no need for crampons or ice axe. I love this route!
bvilsue - Jan/12

williamsd79 - Solo O/S - 18/Dec/11 with Nick Clegg

Hidden - Solo - 17/Dec/11

Heavy rain at the bottom, snow fall and ice from about half way up
dtbrad - 15/Dec/11 with Andy Harris

Dingchav - 15/Dec/11 with Dan bradley

cwildblood - Solo O/S - 10/Dec/11

SteveoS - Solo - 10/Dec/11

Hidden - Solo - 06/Dec/11

BenRyle - Solo - 05/Dec/11

Hidden - 05/Dec/11

Hidden - Lead - 03/Mar/11

Hidden - Solo - 09/Jan/11

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

First day out in winter. Nice day, few awkward icy steps on verglass. Fun though.
tompilgrem - Solo O/S - 02/Jan/11

First winter route-with Tom- an easy grade 1 today.
bobpilgrem - Solo - 02/Jan/11

Cadairmanuk - Jan/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - Jan/11

johnwoo - Jan/11

Hidden - 2011

Awesome route in winter. The gully avoiding the north tower was fun, but slightly worrying as i had no crampons on and no ice axe either.
Sy Finch - Solo O/S - 31/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 28/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo - 20/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo - 18/Dec/10

Goose4 - Lead O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Jamie Townsend

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

Bare low down but slushy the higher we went. Carried on with the Horseshoe.
Zoomer - Solo - 11/Dec/10 with George Best, Alex Rafferty

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

JamieTown - Solo - 10/Dec/10 with Angus Mckendrick

tim_mcd - Solo - 05/Dec/10 with cmsg

Hidden - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10

A tiring yet satisfying ascent - North Tower provided the greatest obstacle being very tricky to gain good purchase on some of the moves. Splendid setting and excellent to combine with Bristly Ridge later on.
Tom Hecht - 05/Dec/10 with Tom Livingstone

deep unconsolidated snow. lots of blue sky and sun with the Glyders and Carneddau envelpoed in clag. amazing.
nikinko - Solo - 05/Dec/10 with liam

With lots of freshers who hadnt scrambled or worn crampons before, slow!
Clay C - Solo - 05/Dec/10

aipattison - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Pete Swan, Cate Muir

A lovely route and a beautiful day!
catemuir - Solo - 05/Dec/10 with Pete Swan, Alex Pattison

Powder. Lots of powder.
cmsg - Solo O/S - 05/Dec/10 with Tim McDonald

TDembrey - Solo - 05/Dec/10

Hidden - 05/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo β - 03/Dec/10

Lots and lots and lots of snow!!! Very soft, did it without crampons and was ok but had a trekking pole to probe snow underfoot. Proved tricky on descent without crampons though!!! lots of sliding. Abseiled down grooved arete to retrieve lost gear few weeks earlier got it all back although proved tough to rack as it was all frozen solid! good fun day out.
Stuart Hurworth - Solo O/S - 01/Dec/10 with Marcus Levens

Hidden - Solo - 01/Dec/10

Hidden - Solo - 28/Nov/10

Still, cold, crisp and clear. Great day to do this route.
Rampikino - Solo - 28/Nov/10 with Cat

Mike Peacock - Solo - 27/Nov/10 with Gareth Harvey

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Nov/10

stuart34 - Solo O/S - 27/Nov/10 with rob dyer

Hidden - Solo - 27/Nov/10

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Nov/10

TGreen - Solo rpt - 27/Nov/10 with Jake Lodge, Phil Pavey, Rose Williams, Rosie Henstock, Martin G

thetradlad - Solo O/S - 27/Nov/10 with Tom Green, Martin Green, Rosie Henstock, Philip Pavey, Rose Williams

Rosie Henstock - Solo O/S - 27/Nov/10 with Phil Pavey, jake.lodge, Martin Green, Rose williams, Tom Green

Rob84 - Solo rpt - 27/Nov/10 with Flash, Stu Inchley, Alex Pickard

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

Hidden - Solo - 27/Nov/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 25/Nov/10

didn't stumble across the chimney section that I did last time - i'm not sure i'll ever take the same route twice up this thing...
andy dunn - Solo - 04/Apr/10 with J

muttley_109 - Solo - 02/Apr/10

Gerlach - Solo - 02/Apr/10

Hidden - Solo - Apr/10

LesserTrochanter - 13/Mar/10

Reds - Solo - 09/Mar/10

Craig Howes - Solo - 02/Mar/10

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

edmitchell - Lead - 27/Feb/10 with Mark Slade, Kai Ren

sausage - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/10 with Matt Schwarz

Matt Schwarz - Solo - 27/Feb/10 with tim irlam

tonymw - Solo O/S - 27/Feb/10 with Richard Carratu

Some grade II sections, brilliant
mark20 - Solo O/S - 21/Feb/10

Excellent, lots of snow
tiga271 - Solo - 21/Feb/10 with mark20

tom_holdsworth - 21/Feb/10 with Mike Kennedy, Will Taylor

Paul-Michael - Solo - 21/Feb/10 with Diccon Proctor

took a fairly easy and steady route. as part of group of 8 with mixed experience. took the gentle snow slope to the summit. As part of Y-gribin horseshoe. clear blue skies on the summit with adam and eve. superb day out
gb83 - Solo - 20/Feb/10

Hidden - Solo - 20/Feb/10

First ever time out in winter. Daunting but fine in the end. A fantastic day out!
Bobling - Solo - 20/Feb/10 with Mike

Hidden - Solo - 19/Feb/10

New wet snow from the Cannon up, slippery but great fun, sought out a few hard options.
The Ivanator - Solo rpt - 15/Feb/10 with Stewart

amthalmann - Solo - 13/Feb/10

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

tiga271 - Solo - 13/Feb/10

My first proper scramble, with Paul, Rhian and Ben from Mountains. Snow and ice all the way up.
col3 - Solo O/S - 07/Feb/10 with Paul

Nicole first scramble. not proper winter conditions but nice snow and ice scramble.
Paul1 - Feb/10 with Nicole

mol - Solo - 17/Jan/10 with Jesse

Lil'Lou - 17/Jan/10 with Elliot

Jesse Dufton - Solo - 17/Jan/10 with Molly Thompson

The Bad Cough - Solo O/S - 16/Jan/10 with Christian Minett, Tom Williams, John Sealey

kel1989 - Solo O/S - 14/Jan/10 with Ant Flatters

Camped in the snow in the car park, -13 overnight scoured snow higher up, powdery lower down, good day out, skiing in Capel Curig by lunch time.
Bokonon - Solo O/S - 09/Jan/10 with Nev

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

Very white at the top
theotherpetehill - 06/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 03/Jan/10

Hidden - Solo - 03/Jan/10

greenclimb - Solo - 02/Jan/10 with Sarah

howhard - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/10 with Martin Ford

Hidden - Solo O/S - 01/Jan/10

Hidden - Jan/10

jon clayton - Solo - Jan/10 with Paul Beeson

Hidden - 2010

alancash100 - Solo - 2010

PirateFrog - Solo O/S - 2010

Little AndyH - Solo - 28/Dec/09

uncontrollable - Solo - 27/Dec/09 with Irmo

paulharmer - 2nd - 23/Dec/09 with Vernon Bayliss

FrankW - Solo rpt - 22/Dec/09 with Steve Turner

Winter conditions deep powder snow, left ridge below summit finished via capstone gully.
andy tetsill - Solo - 22/Dec/09

Daniel Heath - Solo - 22/Dec/09

RCrockford - Solo O/S - 20/Dec/09

Hidden - Solo rpt - 18/Dec/09

Hidden - Solo - 13/Dec/09

First mountain experience for Juliette (12). Plenty of snow but fairly unconsolidated.
JezzaCat - Dec/09 with Juliette

Hidden - Solo O/S - 11/Oct/09

Y-Gribin Horshoe
Martyn - Solo - 25/Aug/09 with Mark Albutt

Approx date
Richard Holowka - Solo - Aug/09

in descent
joe king - Solo - 18/Jul/09 with dan towns

ebastock - Solo - 04/Jul/09 with John Beddard, Sophie John, Rich Greaves, Dan Ashfield, Steve Kirman

Hidden - 06/Jun/09

benny_m - Lead rpt - 06/Jun/09 with Ali Brown

ian2707 - 30/May/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 30/May/09

First climb on this hill. Done in winter with thick hill fog rolling in. Needed a little guidance from someone who had done the scramble before to show us the right direction near the summit.
karatemanc - AltLd O/S - 13/Feb/09 with Lewis Jacques

Moved together on top section
Simon K - 07/Feb/09 with PB

Climbed with Jacob and other OUMC
bigbobbyking - Solo - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - 07/Feb/09

Hidden - Solo - Feb/09

Gareth led up the hardest bits he could find!
viking - AltLd O/S - Feb/09 with gareth

kenneM - Solo - Feb/09 with Moony, Will Taylor

asmith37 - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/09 with Matt Todd

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/Jan/09

2nd outting this and a jolly good choice, 1st trip to Wales, 1st 3k foot scramble. took in the "cannon" completed the ascent and decent in around 3.5 hours. awesome landscape from the summit.
snakes77 - 2nd - 17/Jan/09 with Monkey1

Gazleah - Jan/09 with tom ireson

John HW - 2009

DannyK - Solo O/S - 31/Dec/08 with Christos

rig - Solo O/S - 31/Dec/08 with James Carpenter, Jonathan Whiting - Solo - 31/Dec/08 with rig

Hidden - Solo O/S - 31/Dec/08

tombeasley - Solo rpt - 20/Dec/08 with The Plugga

Jacob Ram - Solo - 18/Dec/08 with Micheal Kemp

Nicholas Livesey - Solo - 14/Dec/08 with Jamie Griggs and Jim Hobson

Hidden - Solo - 13/Dec/08

tractorbachcoch - Solo O/S - 07/Dec/08 with Peter

chadrads - Solo O/S - 07/Dec/08 with Iwan jones-roberts

griggj - Dec/08 with nick livesey

GC - Solo O/S - Dec/08

Danny Crump - Solo - 22/Nov/08 with Chelmsford Mountaineering Club

benny_m - Solo - 15/Nov/08 with Ali Brown

MikeLell - Solo - Nov/08

Hidden - Lead - Oct/08

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Sep/08

Valentino - Solo - Sep/08

Hidden - Solo rpt - 24/May/08

FrankW - Solo rpt - 29/Mar/08 with None

Hidden - Mar/08

Petarghh - Solo - Feb/08

franny - Solo - 31/Jan/08 with Bertie Francis

Lear - Solo - Jan/08 with Peter Wright, Tom Roberts, Jonathan, Derek

Hidden - 2008

StevieB125 - 23/Dec/07 with Steve Elms

matt.woodfield - Solo - 13/Mar/07

The Ivanator - Solo O/S - Apr/06 with Tess, Sean, Rob

Perryman - Apr/06 with ROB TESS AND IVAN

Climbed from a layby on the A5. We chose a route that was easy enough not to need rope yet hard and varied enough to keep things interesting. Good winter climbing conditions. Tons of snow although powdery.
Big Lee - Solo O/S - 04/Mar/06 with Dan O'Brien, Tim Howarth, Conrad Bower, Mike Reading

Hidden - 26/Feb/06

Celia Watson - 26/Feb/06 with stuart watson

Hidden - Solo - 30/Nov/05

Hidden - 10/Jul/05

Hidden - Solo - 09/Apr/05

Caralynh - Solo - 06/Mar/05 with Jez Hadall

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/Mar/05

size9hex - Solo O/S - Mar/05

industrialiceman - 22/Jan/05

Rich Kay - Solo - Dec/04 with Al

chrisrogers - Solo - Feb/04 with Steve J

Hidden - Solo rpt - Jan/04

Hidden - Jan/04

Freezing fog. Ridge well hoared up.
broc - Solo - 08/Dec/02 with Luke, Paul

aged_ape - Solo - Jan/02 with Rob B

Rich Kay - Solo - Jan/01

Hidden - Solo - 05/Feb/00

Great scrambling higher up. Many tracks lower down, most leading in the right direction!! Done it 6or7 times now in good and very bad weather. Polished rock very slippy when wet.
JMG100 - Solo - Sep/95

adi bryant - Jan/92 with Clive, Tim

And our Springer Spaniel, Toby
Sean Kelly - Mar/91 with Sylvia Kelly, Harold Jepson

Hidden - Solo O/S - Nov/90

Done Many Times.
Fatclimber - 1990

Climbed an icy Milestone Buttress then rambling about picking climbing lines to the summit maybe strayed round to the East Face a bit.
Pete Pozman - Solo O/S - 07/Apr/86 with John Byrne

Hidden - 1986

Iain Thow - Solo - 21/Jan/85 with John Tyler

Hidden - Feb/78

Hidden - Solo - 1977

alpboy57 - Apr/72 with KES

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