Cwm Raider IV 4, Beddgelert Forest

Martin Crook on the first ascent of Cwm Raider IV 4 photo: Nick Walton

The current winter season in North Wales has been nothing short of spectacular, with the crags buzzing with teams of keen locals and visitors alike. Many of the much sort after winter classics have been ticked, including Cold Climbs classics such as Cascade V 5, Central Ice Fall Direct VI 6, The Devil’s Appendix VI 6, Western Gully VI 7 and perhaps most remarkable, the rarely formed Maria V 5 on Gallt yr Ogof.

There have also been many exciting first ascents, including the previously unreported Cwm Raider IV 4, an intriguing line on an undocumented crag beneath the summit of Moel yr Ogof, which sits above the Beddgelert Forest. This particular gem fell to the old school slate partnership of Martin Crook and Nick Walton, and provided several pitches of good quality ice up the obvious diagonal gully line on the right side of the crag.

Martin’s comment that he had, “only waited twenty years for conditions” speaks volumes about the unique nature of this amazing season and the long game sometimes required to grab those elusive winter first ascents!

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