Braving the “don’t travel” instructions, @janderkran, @dadler, @Catrin, @johnw1 and I drove to the cottage OK, the journey did take 6 hours vs a usual 4-4.5 hours, and we wouldn’t have got there without my car’s snow socks, and we did have a rather exciting car-is-going-in-the-wrong-direction few seconds… but we got there via the A5.
We arrived at 01:00 at the car park, and after some whiskey got to bed at 02:00. Catrin’s alarm at 05:30 (a compromise: she initially suggested 04:30) was rather painful, but did ensure that we arrived first at routes in the Devil’s Kitchen.
Sunday’s alarm at 05:30 wasn’t as painful due to a sensible departure time from the Tyn-y-Coed and restrained whiskey and fine catchup with Jim Meech and @Mikkistorey. However it was warmer, and got much warmer during the day. I and Catrin checked some routes out and decided they were too mushy, but the others managed to climb one route. We then did a fun scramble up into the bottom of the Devil’s Kitchen before going down in the rain. A fine late lumnch at the Siabod Cafe was followed by a relaxed drive home on the snow-free roads.