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Llanberis Pass 


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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Dec 1, 2007
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Llanberis Pass with Dinas Cromlech in the middle

Description 

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 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.


17 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Llanberis Pass:
Cemetery Gates   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
Cenotaph Corner   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
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Rob on the direct finish (Grim Jim) 5.10b/c

Cemetery Gates 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Dinas Cromlech
Very airy and ballsy route for its day. Surprisingly climbed before Cenotaph Corner. Steep, exposed and strenuous.1) 110ft 5.9. A sensational pitch. Up the arete and bear left into the crack up this then the wall above on generally good holds, no room for error though, onto a ledge and belay (nuts).2) 60ft 5.8. Step right and climb the steep, steep arete and around a little to the right, then up to finish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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