A very thorough reassessment of the climbing on the south side of the A5, based around the ever-popular Tryfan and Cwm Idwal areas, including 140 new routes climbed since the last guide, and many ‘rediscovered’ older climbs. The new routes are at all grades and on both old and new crags. Among the latter are the Eastern Cliffs of Gallt yr Ogof, including Skyline Buttress, the location of some of the hardest climbing in Wales such as the E9 Mission Impossible.
With many action photos, all-colour photodiagrams, and 93 photoplans as well as bouldering sections by Simon Panton. The guide also has a chronology (a combination of the historical and first ascents sections), which includes short biographical notes on the leading activists over the years. Particular attention has also been given to highlighting some of the easier climbs, which are now often climbed as scrambles. A graded list and index complete the guide.
The guide also includes the climbing on the north side of the A4086 between Pen y Gwyrd and Capel Curig, and the excellent climbing on the Creigiau Llynnau Mymbyr (the Ricks and Racks).
Crags covered by this Guide
|Betws-y-coed crags||# climbs||Rocktype||Faces|
|Craig y Gelynen||10||UNKNOWN||SE|
|Gallt yr Ogof||9||Dolerite||E|
|Gwynedd crags||# climbs||Rocktype||Faces|
|Bristly Ridge (East Face)||12||Rhyolite||E|
|Caseg Fraith Boulder||28||Welsh igneous||NW|
|Clogwyn Du Ymhen Y Glyder||30||Rhyolite||NE|
|Clogwyn Y Geifr||62||Rhyolite||NE|
|Clogwyn y Tarw (The Gribbin Facet)||72||Rhyolite||N|
|Craig Caseg Fraith Isaf||15||Welsh igneous||NW|
|Craig Caseg Fraith Uchaf||6||Rhyolite||?|
|Craig Y Dwr, Craftnant||32||Volcanic tuff||?|
|Glyder Fawr crag||30||Rhyolite||N|
|Idwal Slabs (aka Cwm Idwal)||106||Rhyolite||W|
|Idwall Quarry / Tin Can Alley||6||Welsh igneous||E|
|Sub Cneifion Rib||8||Rhyolite||NW|
|The Pillar of Elidir||10||UNKNOWN||NE|
|Tryfan (East Face)||79||Rhyolite||E|
|Tryfan (West Face)||16||Rhyolite||W|
|Tryfan Fach (Little Tryfan)||25||Rhyolite||NW|