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Nick Bullock on the first ascent of Old Nick VI 6, Kitchen Cliffs, Ogwen, Wales.
Photo by Ray Wood
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A series of new routes in North Wales spearheaded by British alpinist Nick Bullock.

Some of the best winter conditions in decades have resulted in a flurry of new climbs on the relatively low-lying mountain crags in North Wales.

While airports in Britain ground to a standstill, Nick Bullock hardly waited for the snow to settle and together with Tim Neil established The Good Book (VI 6 130m) on Clogwyn y Ddysgl on 18 December.

Three days later they duo spent 14 hours wrestling with the Central Route on Llech Ddu, coming up trumps and describing the 200m grade VII 7 line as "one of the best mixed routes in Wales" which involved some very bold climbing indeed.

A day later the infatigable duo teamed up with Ray Wood and climbed the beautiful and steep icefall at Devil’s Kitchen Cliffs to create Old Nick VI 6.

Heathrow, Gatwick and the other international hubs are now functioning once again. Perhaps it's worth considering a quick trip North...

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