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Snowdonia Rock Climbing 

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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.

Climbing Season

For the United Kingdom area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

48 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snowdonia

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snowdonia:
Flying Buttress   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 5 pitches, 275'   North Side : Dinas Cromlech
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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Featured Route For Snowdonia
Rock Climbing Photo: Vector...

Vector 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Europe : United Kingdom : ... : Vector Buttress
Vector is the route of the buttress, and a classic of the time. It picks a way through the steep overhangs of the buttress via both technical and strenuous moves.1. Climb the groove then move right onto a slab. From here move up left to belay at a spike.2. The crux of the route. Traverse right to reach a diagonal crack. Move on up the crack then continue to the bottom of the hanging slab. Climb the slab (crux) to its top. From the top of the slab move left and up to belay below overh...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

Photos of Snowdonia Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris Bonington on the summit of Snowdon with the ...
Chris Bonington on the summit of Snowdon with the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Highest mountain in England and Wales, Yr Wyddfa F...
Highest mountain in England and Wales, Yr Wyddfa F...
Rock Climbing Photo: A closer view of Yr Wyddfa.
A closer view of Yr Wyddfa.
Rock Climbing Photo: Llanberis Quarry
Llanberis Quarry

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By Nick Russell
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
From: 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
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.

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