The route is given V 5/6, the crux of the route is a very awkward chimney behind a big pillar (hence the name!). The chimney didn't have any ice in it like the guidebook suggests, but it didn't stop Dave who flew up it on the lead.Word of advice: don't climb the chimney wearing a pack..it will be desperate and you will rip you jacket!
|Contemplating the chimney|
|Awkward chimney topout|
|Martin starting the 3rd pitch|
|Hard water ice and turf on the 3rd pitch..this route has everything!|
On the walk in we had time to inspect the ice routes forming in Idwal. Lots of ice is visible, very exciting for November! Routes like The Ramp, South Gully and Idwal Stream have all had several ascents already. The top pitch of the Appendix is looking good but the bottom pillar needs a bit more forming.