Glyder Fach

Winter Climbing

Glyder Fach | ©Si Panton

Glyder Fach

Winter Climbing

A fine winter cliff which gives some of the best mixed climbing in Snowdonia. It is possible to pack a lot of climbing in here by making abseil descents from the top of the main buttresses. However it is well worth taking a full mountaineering trip with rucsacs and continuing upwards. The upper section of the cliff extends towards the Glyderau plateau in a seemingly endless run of rocky bluffs, which in places can be quite feisty. This area of the mountain is often extremely wintery and in such condition it provides a wonderful extension to the technical difficulties below.

The main gullies require a build up of firm snow to be properly enjoyed. Main Gully is the exception providing an excellent introduction to the mixed climbing game. (NB. A note of caution: the central section of the crag in particular contains several classic rock routes which are neither turfy or prone to hoaring up – a winter ascent of any of these routes would be highly controversial.)
The adjacent Bristly Ridge II 3 gives a classic alpine-esque trip plus more superb mixed routes on its east facing flank.

Conditions:

The crag does not rime up as readily as the nearby Clogwyn Du. Nonetheless it does provide a lot of excellent turfy mixed routes which come into condition regularly.

Approach:

The crag can be reached from either the Ogwen Cottage car park, or any of the car parks along the A5 by Llyn Ogwen.


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The publisher of this website accepts no responsibility for the way in which readers use the information contained therein. The descriptions and recommendations are for guidance only and must be subject to discriminating judgement by the reader. Advice and training should be sought before utilising any equipment or techniques mentioned within the text or shown in any of the photographic images. Winter climbing is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in this activity should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

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