Welsh Winter finale
Our last Winter course of 2018 in Snowdonia saw Paul and I heading to the Glyderau. Loads of snow, great sections of frozen streams and a varied snowpack made for a really worthwhile day. We started off in Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda with an hours theory on avalanche awareness, snowpack development as well as other essential elements needed for the good planning of a winter walk. After discussing and checking equipment we headed up to Ogwen to park.
The terrain and conditions gave Paul a nice progression from using winter boots for good stability and a solid foundation to introducing the ice axe and then onto crampon and good winter movement skills coupled with good judgement and decision making for our route choice. Snowpack analysis was a constant theme and was justified as we negotiated certain sections of the route.
As we got higher the snowpack improved immensely and our plan worked as we found excellent areas of snow to consolidate all the skills Paul had learnt and the steeper terrain was a great finale to the morning.
We moved on to safe movement skills in descent and navigated our way to a substantial bank of snow we had seen as we travelled up earlier in the day. Here we looked at snow structure, it's strengths and advantages and even found time to build a shelter!
We finished by continuing the winter navigation off onto the descent route and a pleasant walk back to Ogwen.
Top day out with great company and a great way to finish the season!!