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East Buttress 

Lliwedd 


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Elevation: 2,946'
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Sep 26, 2009
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Llyn Llydaw seen from the base of Lliwedd (photo b...

Description 

This thousand foot crag on the southern part of Snowdon Horseshoe is the traditional home of Welsh rock climbing. It was developed extensively in the early part of the 20th Century and the first Welsh guidebook was written for this crag, by Archer Thompson.

There are two buttresses (East and West) and the climbs have a distinct mountaineering feel to them, broken by many heather terraces. Route finding can be bewildering, and the rock is vertically layered, so a certain style is required that does not necessarily involve jugs. Quite a bit harder when wet.

Warning!
King Arthur and his knights are said to be sleeping in a cave (Ogof Arthur or The Cave of Enchanted Warriors) located somewhere on Lliwedd, there with a great bell to be rung when Britain is in mortal peril - DO NOT RING THE BELL unless things get really serious.


Getting There 

Trailhead at Pen-Y-Pass, take left trail to Llyn Llydaw, then before the crag, break off right on a use trail to the East Buttress.


Climbing Season


4 Total Routes


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Featured Route For Lliwedd
Not a very good shot, but you can just about make out the quartz ramp, and if you look closely, the rib above it. The large area of shadow about half way up is the approximate location of the great terrace.

The Sword 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : East Buttress
An exposed, blunt rib with good climbing on sound rock, only lacking gear. Start from the ledge at the top of the rightwards-trending quartz ramp, the rib should be to your left.Climb the corner to the right of the rib for about 20 feet to an overlap, stick some protection in then traverse left under the overlap to gain the rib itself. This move is quite tricky but well protected. From here move easily up the rib, with no gear until a ledge with a large block of quartz ("the quartz babe"). A few...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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The summit of Yr Wyddfa (aka Snowdon) viewed from Lliwedd (photo by Phil Ashton)
The summit of Yr Wyddfa (aka Snowdon) viewed from ...
Lliwedd viewed from the miners' track on a Sunny day in late May. There is still a patch of snow at the bottom after an unusually cold winter!
Lliwedd viewed from the miners' track on a Sunny d...
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