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Administrators: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Chris Owen on Nov 3, 2007
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Deep, dark, and steeped in history, from King Arthur, to Mallory, Edwards, Kirkus, Brown, Whillans, Boysen, Livesey, Fawcett and onwards. Snowdonia has every kind of rock climbing imaginable; cragging and high mountain routes, mostly traditional, and some of them bloody hard and terrifying!

This is one of the World meccas for climbing - go there.


Getting There 

Landing at London Heathrow, rent a car and drive up the M25 north to the M40 (Oxford) then the M42 to the M5, which joins the M6, when you see the M54 go west to Shrewsbury (my home town). The M54 becomes the A5, an old Roman Road (quite driveable though!), through Llangollen, and eventually to Snowdonia. Get reservations for a B&B in Llanberis. It'll take all afternoon to get there if you land at LHR mid-day. You might want to split the drive somewhere nice and touristy, like Stratford-Upon-Avon, or better yet Shrewsbury.


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39 Total Routes


['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',3],['5.8',6],['5.9',4],['5.10',16],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snowdonia:
Creagh Dhu Wall   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Craig y Castell - Crag of t... : Main Wall
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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The Hand Traverse. (c) M.Chrysanthou.

Nose Direct 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Dinas Mot
Another classic, and although it's technically graded harder than Diagonal, it's much less intimdating.1) 50ft 5.6. Bottom of the buttress. Up easy ground to the pedestal, then up and left to a ledge.2) 90ft 5.7. Diagonally right, then up a leftwards ramp, then a groove to a belay in an alcove.3) 50ft 5.8. The Hand Traverse. A steep diagonal crack on the right, then up to the ledge.4) 55ft 5.9. A hard start (crux) up the smooth corner, then up the flake and corner above....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Spiderman making a rare slack-roping appearance at Llanberis Quarry
Spiderman making a rare slack-roping appearance at...
A closer view of Yr Wyddfa.
A closer view of Yr Wyddfa.
Llanberis Quarry
Llanberis Quarry
Chris Bonington on the summit of Snowdon with the Olympic torch
Chris Bonington on the summit of Snowdon with the ...
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By Nick Russell
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From: Bristol, UK
Mar 20, 2013

Good to see Shrewsbury (also my hometown) get a mention on here! Did you ever climb at Nesscliffe, Chris?

By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Apr 24, 2013

Hi Nick - oh yes, I don't think there was a guidebook back when I was there, I'm assuming there's one now, I remember climbing some huge dihedral....

By Nick Russell
Administrator
From: Bristol, UK
May 22, 2013

There is indeed a guidebook now, which I just got my hands on. The huge dihedral could have been Red Square? (E1/2 or 5.9/10- ish) Hopefully I'll get to climb there some time this summer and post some routes here.