RAINBOW SLAB AREA


The Rainbow Slab Area is one of the best known locations in the slate quarries. It is home to the iconic feature of an immaculate slab of rock with the eponymous ripple arcing across it. This is one of the finest single slabs of rock in the country and it has been developed with a set of routes to match.
The rest of the area doesn't quite match up to this stunning slab although there are still plenty of good routes dotted about. Getting to them can be quite complex as some of the levels are only reachable by abseil.
The Rainbow Slab itself is mostly old-school trad classics with minimal or no bolting giving run-out and technical routes requiring deft footwork, strong fingers and a very steady head. Elsewhere in the area there is more sport climbing on offer which tends to be on vertical and featured terrain.

Routes

115 trad routes (VD...5.9)
53 sport routes (4c...8b+)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
or shade
Approach walk Other
Bela Lugosi Slab
The Bela Lugosi Slab is a friendly slabby wall with four great routes that are very popular. It...
6
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Colossus Wall
The Colossus Wall is a steep and uncompromising nearly-vertical wall with some stunning lines. They...
12
Trad
Sun from mid-morning
Up and down

0 mins

Seepage
sheltered
Rainbow Slab
The huge expanse of perfect quality slate behind the Dinorwig power station holds a justifiable...
25
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Over the Rainbow
Although overshadowed by its venerable neighbour, this wall actually has a couple of good rebolted...
3
Trad
Morning sun
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0 mins

sheltered
Gerbil Abuse
This small but steep area is dominated by the striking arete of Vermin on the Ridiculous. Though...
11
Trad
No sun
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0 mins

sheltered
Cig-Arete Area
A great sport climbing area, with a better grade spread than much of the climbing hereabouts. The...
16
Sport
Sun to mid-afternoon
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0 mins

sheltered
Concorde Dawn Area
The rest of the Cig-Arete level has several developed sections giving routes of variable quality....
14
Trad
Morning sun
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0 mins

sheltered
The Kennels
This big cube of rock is actually on the German Schoolgirl Level but is best approached from the...
3
Sport
Lots of sun!
Up and down

0 mins

sheltered
Terry's Wall
This loose wall has little to recommend it (apart from giving a nice view of the Rainbow Slab).
7
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
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0 mins

Abseil
sheltered
German Schoolgirl Area
An isolated prow with a couple of slate classics and some good sport routes. It offers sun or shade...
8
Trad
Morning sun
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0 mins

Abseil
sheltered
L'Allumette Area
The section to the right of the German Schoolgirl Area has several routes: the tricky groove of...
9
Trad
Afternoon sun
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0 mins

Abseil
sheltered
Fruity Pear Slab
The far end of the level, facing Llanberis Pass.
4
Trad
Morning sun
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0 mins

Abseil
sheltered
Manatese Area
This level is used to access German Schoolgirl level, although it sees much less attention. It has...
11
Trad
Morning sun
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0 mins

sheltered
The Dark Half Area
Further along the level is a clean triangular wall with the hard slate classics of The Dark Half...
13
Trad
Sun to mid-afternoon
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0 mins

sheltered
Plateau Slab
This outlying slab has been developed with sport routes at friendly grades. The routes have a bit...
12
Sport
Morning sun
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0 mins

Peppermint Tower
Another attraction in this remote area is the Peppermint Tower, which has a few good esoteric...
14
Trad
Afternoon sun
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0 mins

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