RAINBOW SLAB AREA


The Rainbow Slab is an iconic feature of immaculate rock with the eponymous ripple arcing across it, and is one of the destinations in the Slate Quarries. Whilst the old school classics are run-out technical slabs that require deft footwork and a steady head, the surrounding climbs offer some more normal sport routes and the Cig-Arete level has a decent spread of sport grades. The area is quite complex, but a short exploration should allow you to find all the climbs you need.

Routes

16 trad routes (E1...E6)
15 sport routes (?...?)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Bella Lugosi Slab and Colossus Wall
The Colossus Wall is a steep, sustained and uncompromising nearly-vertical wall with several...
8
Trad and Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

30 mins

sheltered
78
Rainbow Slab
The huge expanse of perfect quality slate behind the Dinorwig power station, holds a justifiable...
5
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

30 mins

sheltered
80
Gerbil Abuse Level
This small but steep area is dominated by the striking arete of Vermin on the Ridiculous. Whilst...
3
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and down

35 mins

sheltered
82
Cig-Arete Level
A great sport-climbing level, with a few lower-grade routes to blast up and some harder ones for...
7
Sport
Afternoon sun
Up and down

35 mins

sheltered
82
German Schoolgirl
Some excellent and different sport routes and a classic corner-climb with an intriguing name....
5
Trad and Sport
Sun and shade
Up and down

35 mins

Abseil
sheltered
84
The Dark Half
A final isolated section with three interesting routes including one of the great Slate desperates....
3
Trad and Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

35 mins

sheltered
85
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