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Llanberis Slate Quarries 
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Llanberis Pass Rock Climbing 

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Llanberis Pass with Dinas Cromlech in the middle


Or "The Pass". Usually approached from its summit and down towards the old slate mining town of Llanberis. Drive down this narrow winding road into the heart of the area and get a grand tour of fantastic crags and climbs, culminating I suppose with Dinas Cromlech on the right and it obvious dihedral, known as Cenotaph Corner (5.10), probably the most famous climb in Britain.

There are worthy crags on both sides - and I have created two sub-areas, North Side and South Side.

At the summit of the pass is the Pen-Y-Pass Hotel, now a hostel I think, but in the early 1900's before WWI the scene of an Easter get-together hosted by climber and poet Geoffrey Winthrop Young - the likes of Mallory used to show up for these parties.

The Slate Quarries are a relatively recent addition to the repertoire, but shouldn't be missed if staying in Llanberis for a week.

The B&B's in the town of Llanberis are great, and there's a few restaurants and pubs plus two great climbing shops, one of which is Joe Brown's original (the other is at Capel Curig). There's also Pete's Eats a climbing greasy spoon which is a must do - chip butty (french fry sandwich) and a steaming mug of tea.

Getting There 

Turn off the A5 at Capel Curig and follow the A4086 (great views of Lliwedd and Snowdon) bear right at the sign for Llanberis, then up over the pass.

Climbing Season

For the United Kingdom area.

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Llanberis Pass

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Llanberis Pass:
Flying Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 5 pitches, 275'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Cemetery Gates   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Cenotaph Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
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Featured Route For Llanberis Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: Just below the crux. (c) M.Chrysanthou.

Diagonal 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Dinas Mot
A thought provoking and sustained expedition up and across The Nose to finish up a strenuous crack. Very bold and technical for its time.1) 80ft 5.8. Up over 2 spikes then up to the left of a big flake. From its top make a right traverse to a small ledge under an overhang.2) 40ft 5.8. A choice of ways up to the groove on the right of the overhang to a ledge on top of it.3) 100ft 5.8. Traverse right then up to the infamous mantle move (crux). Then up to a good crack that...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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