Today the weather was meant to brighten up from around midday so I set out just after 10am to aim for the summit by around that time. The cloud level was rather low when I set off but took precausions and had Ice Axe and Crampons with me because of the snow I saw yesterday up here. Unfortunately the conditions were getting worse the higher I climbed and had to abandon the walk close to the summit.
Date: 13th January 2015 Distance: 3.1km (1.93 Miles) Parking: Roadside on A5  
Start Location: Roadside along A5 Ascent (m/ft): 619m (2031ft) Weather:

Cloudy, Wintery Showers

Time Started: 10:10 Highest Point: Just below Tryfan Summit (838m/2749ft) Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 3 Hour 41 Minutes        
Route: An attempt on Tryfan from the A5

Beautiful views open up very quickly on this walk as height is gained straight away.

Y Garn in the cloud. It would have been a better choice maybe to have done one of those mountains over there instead as it would not be quite so rocky.

The A5 and Llyn Ogwen.


The first proper scramble.


Sheer rock faces on the ascent.

A view in the opposite direction.

Pen yr Ole Wen on the other side of the lake.

Approaching the cloud level.
Gallt yr Ogof and Y Foel Goch.

The snow level getting deeper as I get higher.

And deeper... At some points it was up to thigh deep...
On arrival at a very steep rocky section and finding no safe way up the map shows a route around the side. This is on that route and that is a long way down. Just round to corner the route became seriously dangerous. The conditions simply were not suitable to continue to the summit so I chose to descend and having crampons and iceaxe made the whole adventure much safer. Unfortunately at the point where I decided to turn around there was a group then arriving up, 3 adults, two children and a small dog with absolutely no winter equipment. People must assess the situation constantly when out in winter - imagine the descent in the wet snow and ice without proper equipment - not something I would like to try...
A final view on the descent as I finally leave the snowline.