Today I grabbed a winter climbing day in North Wales. Brad and I walked in to the Black Ladders and climbed the classic Flanders VII,7***. This route has a real mixture of rock and turfy mixed climbing in it's 300m, with some bold climbing thrown in. I led the crux pitch, which had some very unhelpful verglass. This gave the pitch an insecure feeling at times and made gear placement a bit dubious. The climbing was excellent throughout the route, really living up to it's billing. Definitely a must for those climbing at the grade.