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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!
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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snowdonia:
Come the Dervish 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R Trad, 1 pitch, 130' Llanberis Slate Quarries : Vivian Quarry
West Buttress Eliminate 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 575' Clogwyn Du'r Arddu : West Buttress
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West Buttress Eliminate 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b International : United Kingdom : ... : West Buttress
Far from being a pointless eliminate (as the name may suggest) this is a fine expedition up the most direct line on the West Buttress. It consists of four varied, consistently brilliant pitches taking the main difficulties of the West Buttress head-on. The highlight of the route is Walsh's groove on pitch 3 - a mighty struggle for most, but one that will leave a tremendous feeling of satisfaction on reaching the top. This pitch was first climbed by a short-sighted Patsy Walsh, in mistake for a d...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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