North Wales Climbs

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Routes

1065 trad routes (M...V8 7B)
495 sport routes (3...9a)
1 ice route (7c+)
50 of the Best Routes top50
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents


Crag (click for details) No. of Routes Grade Range Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Bus Stop Quarry
One of the more popular areas in the slate, Bus Stop Quarry offers a variety of...
12
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Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

1 min

Sheltered
Dali's Hole
11
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Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Level

15 mins

Sheltered
Restricted Access
California
6
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Trad and Sport
No sun
Level

18 mins

Sheltered
Australia
Australia is probably the largest single working in the Dinorwig Quarries, its...
46
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Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

18 mins

Sheltered
Serengeti Area
Serengeti has several areas with an excellent variety of climbing styles, as...
39
--^^
Trad and Sport
Sun and shade
Up and Down

18 mins

Sheltered
Vivian Quarry
Being close to Llanberis and being full of great climbs has made the Vivian...
21
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Trad and Sport
Sun and shade
Uphill

5 mins

Sheltered
Rainbow Slab Area
The Rainbow Slab is an iconic feature of immaculate rock with the eponymous...
31
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Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and Down

30 mins

Sheltered
Craig Ddu
Craig Ddu is easily the quietest of the four great crags on the north side of...
12
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Seepage
Windy
Clogwyn y Grochan
Clogwyn y Grochan is characterised by steep walls, cracks and grooves, and...
19
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Windy
Carreg Wastad
Carreg Wastad is a little overshadowed by it's more famous counterparts on...
16
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Windy
Dinas Cromlech
The blood, sweat and tears of generations of climbers are daubed across this...
15
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Seepage
Windy
Scimitar Ridge
A steep and intimidating crag with some hidden gems but it isn't for everyone...
5
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Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Dinas Mot
Dinas Mot is the extensive crag on the shady side of the Pass, best reserved...
18
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Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Clogwyn y Ddysgl
Clogwyn y Ddysgl is situated high up on the south side of the Pass above Cwm...
9
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Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

60 mins

Windy
Cyrn Las
Cyrn Las (The Grey Horn) or Diffwys Ddu (The Black Precipice) as it has been...
7
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Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
Cwm Glas Bach
Cwm Glas Bach is a collection of small crags offering some great single-pitch...
18
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Trad
No sun
Uphill

15 mins

Windy
Clogwyn Du'r Arddu
Cloggy is an amazing place, a grand cathedral for climbers to make pilgrimage...
38
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Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

90 mins

Windy
Lliwedd
The long, rambling nature of Lliwedd means that it is possible to climb almost...
12
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

30 mins

Windy
Clogwyn y Wenallt
Clogwyn y Wenallt is a low-lying venue in the Gwynant Valley below Snowdon. The...
5
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

5 mins

Sheltered
Clogwyn y Bustach
Another crag worth seeking out in the Gwynant Valley is the oddity of Clogwyn y...
2
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Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

15 mins

 
Tryfan
Tryfan is one of the most iconic mountains in Snowdonia and a home to many...
35
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Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

10 mins

 
Glyder Fach
A fine set of mountain crags with some great old classics. In particular Direct...
17
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Trad
Evening sun
Uphill

60 mins

Windy
Sub-Cneifion Rib
5
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Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

25 mins

Windy
Gribin Facet
9
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Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Idwal Slabs
Cwm Idwal is home to many great routes on several slabby crags. The jewels in...
26
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Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

60 mins

Windy
Braich Ty Du
There are two excellent isolated buttresses near Ogwen where, in complete...
1
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Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Carnedd y Filiast
4
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

35 mins

Windy
Craig Lloer
This beautiful little crag is a great place to head if you want to escape the...
4
--__
Trad
Early morning sun
Uphill

55 mins

Windy
Carreg Mianog
Carreg Mianog is a sunny, quick-drying crag that can provide a superb quiet day...
7
_--_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Windy
Craig yr Ogof
This is third of the small quiet crags in the Carneddau mountains overlooking...
5
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Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
Craig yr Ysfa
Craig yr Ysfa is an excellent mountain crag, which unlike many in this area,...
13
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Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

55 mins

Abseil
Windy
Llech Ddu
This vast and intimidating crag has several major routes that are as good as...
3
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Trad
No sun
Uphill

75 mins

Seepage
Windy
Cwm Silyn
To the northwest of the main Tremadog area, this fine mountain-crag features a...
7
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Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

45 mins

Windy
Tremadog (Craig y Gesail)
The extreme-left end of the Tremadog escarpment is often overlooked by...
3
--__
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

10 mins

Sheltered
Tremadog (Craig y Castell)
An excellent crag, though the least popular of the three big Tremadog crags....
6
_--_
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
Tremadog (Pant Ifan)
Pant Ifan is one of the best crags at Tremadog, but the slightly longer and...
36
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch)
Being situated a stone's throw from Eric's Cafe and the road, and with a...
49
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Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

4 mins

Sheltered
Carreg Hyll Drem
A very steep and intimidating cliff; even the amenable Hyll Drem Girdle needs...
5
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Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

1 min

Sheltered
The Moelwyns
Situated above the village of Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Moelwyns crags offer some...
18
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

15 mins

 
Craig y Tonnau
A nice single-pitch venue which has a slight 'climb anywhere' feel about it....
7
--__
Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

10 mins

Sheltered
Carreg Alltrem
This delightful small crag is easy to miss when faced with the more...
4
_--_
Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

12 mins

Sheltered
Clogwyn Cyrau
Set in the trees above the bustling village of Betws y Coed, the Cyrau crags...
10
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Uphill

20 mins

Sheltered
Clogwyn yr Eryr
The small and imposing crag of Clogwyn yr Eryr is situated in the beautiful...
6
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Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

25 mins

Seepage
North Stack and Main Cliff
The Main Cliff area of Gogarth extends from the Upper Tier at one end through...
59
_^^^
Trad
Afternoon sun
Up and Down

25 mins

 
South Stack
The cliffs around South Stack Lighthouse offer great variety in an...
28
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Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Level

3 mins

Abseil
Holyhead Mountain
Holyhead Mountain is an inland outcrop of the same quartzite that makes up the...
33
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Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Uphill

20 mins

Sheltered
Rhoscolyn
The crags of Rhoscolyn offer some great routes in the mid-grades plus some...
15
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Trad
Lots of sun!
Level

25 mins

Sheltered
Upper Pen Trwyn
Upper Pen Trwyn is the bright white ribbon of limestone that runs above and...
248
_^^^
Trad and Sport
Morning sun
Roadside

0 mins

Sheltered
Restricted Access
Lower Pen Trwyn
Lower Pen Trwyn (or LPT as it is affectionately known) is an awesome chunk of...
61
_-^^
Trad and Sport
Morning sun
Downhill

8 mins

Tidal
Seepage
Sheltered
Castell y Gwynt
Set on the very tip of the Great Orme, Castell y Gwynt is one of the area's...
19
__-^
Sport
No sun
Downhill

10 mins

Seepage
Windy
Restricted Access
Castle Inn Quarry
Castle Inn Quarry is tucked away just inland from the coast and provides a very...
23
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Sport
Sun and shade
Roadside

0 mins

Sheltered
Penmaen Head
Penmaen Head is a relatively recent addition to the climbing on North Wales...
41
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Sport
Afternoon sun
Downhill

4 mins

Sheltered
Simdde Ddu
The south buttress of Simdde Ddu is an attractive wall of very good rock that...
3
_--_
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Windy
Y Grisiau
Y Grisiau is an excellent wall with a number of fine crack and face pitches....
3
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Trad
Afternoon sun
Uphill

30 mins

Seepage
Windy
Llechau Mawr
Llechau Mawr is an isolated wall perched above the beautiful Llyn Du, below...
1
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Trad
No sun
Uphill

60 mins

Windy
Barmouth
Very close to the popular seaside town of Barmouth are a couple of cliffs that,...
12
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Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Uphill

15 mins

Sheltered
Craig Cywarch
Craig Cywarch is a huge rambling cliff set in a little visited valley and one...
3
--__
Trad
No sun
Uphill

25 mins

Seepage
Windy
Gist Ddu
Gist Ddu is a line-up of ribs and corners embedded in the mountainside above...
2
_--_
Trad
Morning sun
Uphill

40 mins

Seepage
Windy
Cadair Idris
Cyfrwy is the western flanking summit of Cadair Idris and has a very imposing...
2
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Trad
Sun and shade
Uphill

50 mins

Windy
Tramstation
19
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Sport
     
Lower Empire
15
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Trad and Sport
     
Elephants Cave
19
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Trad and Sport
     
Pigeon's Cave
11
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Sport
No sun
 
Tidal
Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Hafnant-Peninsula
12
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Sport
     
Hamburger
15
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Sport
     
Cockleshell Bay
6
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Sport
     
Surprise Zawn
17
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Sport
     
Wonderwall
16
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Trad and Sport
     
Arwahan-Turdon
28
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Trad and Sport
     
Un-named Crag
16
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Sport
     
Seal-Gogarth
11
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Trad and Sport
     
Point Five
7
_--_
Sport
     
St Tudno's
33
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Trad and Sport
     
Observatory Buttress
19
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Sport
     
Central Buttress
14
_--_
Sport
     
Crescent Buttress
10
_--_
Trad and Sport
     
Manor Crag
16
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Sport
     
Craig y Don
0
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The Diamond
18
_--^
Trad and Sport
Evening sun
Level

20 mins

Abseil
Tidal
Seepage
Dry in the Rain
Restricted Access
Allotment
14
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Sport
     
WBD-Meadow
16
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Trad and Sport
     
Atlanta-Detritus
13
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Sport
     
Great Zawn
11
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Sport
     
Llanddulas Cave
20
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Sport
     
Notice Board Crag
10
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Trad and Sport
     
  • Latest Comments

    For North Wales Climbs

    That's Where I'll Be (Lower Pen Trwyn)
    "Tried this yesterday, the first bolt looked a bit dodgy but i thought they might..." 21/Aug

    Cemetery Gates (Dinas Cromlech)
    "First proper E1 onsight. Very easy technically, but sustained and a bit goey jus..." 08/Aug top50

    Nick's Sexual Problem (Cwm Glas Bach)
    "Changed from 7B ** to V8 7B **, no votes" 22/Jul

    String of Pearls (Upper Pen Trwyn)
    "The resin around the second bolt, which (just about) protects the crux if you fa..." 01/Jun

    Bauxed (Upper Pen Trwyn)
    "If this is HVS then a wholesale revision of all UK grades is needed!" 19/May

    Supermassive Black Hole (Serengeti Area)
    "The topo in the guide incorrectly marks the position of the bolt belay and also ..." 15/Nov

    Nifl-Heim (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "Changed from VS 5a ** to HVS 5a **, 100% of 1 vote for HVS" 11/Oct

    Hope (Idwal Slabs)
    "great day out!" 27/Jun top50

    Right Wall (Dinas Cromlech)
    "Brilliant route! Pumpy and full on but oh what a feeling when you reach that led..." 06/Jun top50

    The Neb Direct (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "Your description of pitch 1 is hopelessly out of date. see the current CC guide ..." 06/Jun

    Lightning Visit (Carreg Alltrem)
    "I thought the first pitch was more like 4b." 05/Jun

    Longland's Climb (Clogwyn Du'r Arddu)
    "Michael MichaelJarrettPhD@Gmail.com I did this route in 1968/69 it was absolut..." 05/May

    Fratricide Wall (Carreg Alltrem)
    "Top pitch: complex? Not sure how you could go off-line. The lower traverse is ..." 27/Apr

    Ten Degrees North (Dinas Mot)
    "Very dirty after the appalling summer of 2012. Friction climbing on frictionless..." 07/Sep

    Flying Buttress (Dinas Cromlech)
    "P3 description is inadequate, if you climb straight up the shallow groove on the..." 12/Apr top50

    Rib and Slab (Craig Ddu)
    "Takes less drainage than other routes here. P2 has 10m of wet grass on top befor..." 25/Feb top50

    The Plum (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "2nd 1993. Superb!" 20/Feb top50

    Left Wall (Dinas Cromlech)
    "A real treat of a route, position, exposure, good climbing for the most part and..." 15/Dec top50

    Diagonal (Dinas Mot)
    "FA is Birtwistle not Birtwhistle." 14/Sep

    The Weaver (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "Not the only mistake in this guide: see also Spectre (Clogwyn y Grochan) & N..." 03/Aug

    Kirkus Route (Cwm Silyn)
    "For the guidebook team - is this the right line as described in the classics gui..." 01/Aug

    Crack Rampant (Central Buttress)
    "I have the original guide book by Roland Edwards 1971 seems like a lifetime a..." 16/Jul

    The Weaver (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "A mistake!? In a Wrongfax guide? Surely it would be easier to list proof-read an..." 21/Jun

    Shrike (Clogwyn Du'r Arddu)
    "Wonderful, beautiful route. One of the best I've done. But NOT E2, ever." 11/Jun

    Orpheus (Craig Ddu)
    "I also enjoyed this route alot. Possible to abseil in one from the top of the ro..." 10/May

    The Brothers (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "First pitch is a gearless off width!" 03/May

    The Grooves (Cyrn Las)
    "Not the best E1 in Wales although very good. Surely p3 is 5a?" 03/May

    Boot Crack (Tryfan)
    "Start is a bit tricky as it tends to be greasy, but hardest move is getting into..." 25/Apr

    Crigyll Outlaws (Seal-Gogarth)
    "Decent but does not live up to the billing. Slightly damp which may have detract..." 21/Jan

    Left Edge (Carnedd y Filiast)
    "That has got to be a picture of Cemetry Gates on the Cromlech!!" 23/Nov

    Daddy Cool (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "A wandering combination of pitches give a very worthwhile outing." 29/Sep

    Hysteria (The Diamond)
    "All has become clear, you traverse the break then go up at the same level as the..." 25/Sep

    Stepped Crack (Tryfan)
    "This route should be graded VD. It is a lot harder then the other Ds on the crag..." 19/Sep top50

    Hysteria (The Diamond)
    "i was told this traverses at same height as first bolt so may in fact justify th..." 18/Sep

    Hysteria (The Diamond)
    "Traverse in from the right. Curently needs another bolt at the start. Too burly ..." 09/Sep

    Munich Climb (Tryfan)
    "Think the crux on the first pitch is 5a. The step up onto the nose felt more lik..." 06/Sep

    Stark (Pigeon's Cave)
    "A hidden gem of the Orme! If the start wasn't a bit sandy and there was a finish..." 16/Aug

    Valerie's Rib (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "I have done this route dozens of times and know the route pretty well but I can'..." 02/Aug

    Pincushion (Tremadog (Pant Ifan))
    "eh? E2 5c with a 6a pitch? Definitely not 6a. You just got to trust your feet. ..." 07/Jul top50

    Resurrection (Dinas Cromlech)
    "An amazing route despite not actually getting the on-sight. Fingers pealed off t..." 05/Jul top50

    Plexus (Dinas Mot)
    "Pitch 2 is bold - could be E1 5a on its own" 07/Jun top50

    Vector (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "It appears common to link pitches 1 and 2, although I didn't realise this until ..." 31/May top50

    Pinnacle Rib Route (Tryfan)
    "Think this route description might be wrong? Pitch 4 is a 25m ish diagonal trave..." 25/May top50

    Orpheus (Craig Ddu)
    "I disagree. P1 is good enough for 1 star and is technically about right for the ..." 23/May

    Left Wall (Dinas Cromlech)
    "whoever voted E3 needs to get out more! even the direct finish is dubious at E3...." 07/May top50

    Hangover (Clogwyn y Grochan)
    "Easy for 5b (and not strenuous really), but I found the first pitch a little loo..." 04/May

    Canol (Craig Ddu)
    "Good route. Quite technical but not strenuous, despite the symbol" 04/May

    Pretzl Logic (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "First part of P1 is a steep groove not a slab. P1 is more like 5c than 5b. P2 is..." 02/May

    Left Wall (Dinas Cromlech)
    "Certainly one of the best I've done. Not very hard if you have a bit of stamina...." 28/Apr top50

    Mistook (Tremadog (Pant Ifan))
    "Did this route last Saturday 24/04/10. According to the CC Tremadog Guide, the r..." 26/Apr

    Left Wall (Dinas Cromlech)
    "Probably still the best E2 I've ever done and easy if you're fit." 25/Apr top50

    Grey Arete (Idwal Slabs)
    "fantastic climb at the grade, but both are delicate and light on gear...excellen..." 24/Apr

    Little Tryfan Arete (Tryfan)
    "Absolutely, categorically, emphatically, definitely not worth 3 stars. It's plea..." 13/Apr top50

    The Wrinkle (Carreg Wastad)
    "skylon deserves the 2 stars and top 50... wrinkle is over rated" 05/Apr

    Gashed Crag (Tryfan)
    "Warning: this climb can be a wet, slippery line up the face when eveything else ..." 18/Mar top50

    Pinnacle Ridge Route (Braich Ty Du)
    "A decent route - Route 2 at Severe on the next buttress over is much better thou..." 16/Mar

    SS Special (Clogwyn y Grochan)
    "For me 5C" 11/Mar

    Poor Man's Peuterey (Tremadog (Pant Ifan))
    "The groove with 'PMP' on it is the start of Borchgrevinck - the original PMP sta..." 11/Mar top50

    Christmas Curry/Micah Eliminate (Tremadog (Bwlch y Moch))
    "My first trad lead! Have seconded a few times since and the top pitch is wonderf..." 11/Mar top50

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