|Clogwyn Du'r Arddu
Aka "Cloggy". Translated probably means "The Black Cliff of the Black Hollow".
This daunting crag is generally accepted as being the best crag in North Wales, with nothing really below 5.8. It's split into many buttresses, with most of the climbing on the East and West of those buttresses. The East (including the Pinnacle) holds many steep face and crack climbs and the West contains a sequence of leaning and overlapping slabs.
Certainly a traditional Welsh mountain crag of a higher level of difficulty and it should be at or near the top of every visiting climber's list of places to climb - as long as the weather is good and the rock is dry.
From the A4086 heading towards Llanberis turn left at the Snowdon Mountain Railway and follow the winding narrow road to the Snowdon trailhead appears on the left, park in a pullout on the left just past this trailhead.
Hike up the Snowdon trail for about 2 miles, passing Halfway House on the way, before the main trail heads steeply up take a right fork, this climber's trail heads slightly up and around the Cwm to the bottom of Cloggy. About an hour for the fit.
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Featured Route For Clogwyn Du'r Arddu
White Slab 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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The hourglass shaped white slab is quite distinctive on the approach. This is one of the great Welsh slab climbs, if not the greatest, it's a big atmospheric mountain route, especially on a dank and cloudy day. The slabs are more steep thin edging than smearing.1. 5.10a - From the top of the shattered pinnacle traverse go down and left along the lip of the overhang, passing a shallow groove (used to be a pin here, not sure anymore) to another groove, up this to a large flake and belay.2. 5.7 - ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
Latest Regional Forum Messages
BETA PHOTO: Directions to Cloggy
|By Nick Russell|
From: Bristol, UK
Jun 20, 2014
Cloggy is currently (mostly) dry. Get up there before the rain returns!
The drainpipe crack was (predictably) still wet, but the upper pitches of Jelly Roll were dry. Great Wall is dry and has seen several recent ascents. The Pinnacle routes were catching a bit of cloud so getting damp. White Slab is dry all the way.
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Mar 9, 2010
Wonderful picture of Cloggy here.
|By Rob Davies UK|
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 26, 2011
A [Welsh] pedant comments: "Clogwyn Du'r Arddu" is the correct version. "Du" simply means black in Welsh. Lots of emphasis on black!