"although this route is not a conventional climbing experience, its equivalent to HVS and provides an unforgettable experience of the history and danger faced by past generations. the route contains: rusty ladders with missing rungs and dark dripping tunnels far underground. this is not in any guide, but here is a brief description:
A tunnel leads from the east side of dalis hole and skirts around the deep echoes of hades to emerge in calafornia, an impressive arena enclosed by huge walls. climb the chain on the left wall as you leave the tunnel. this leads to another tunnel, which exits opposite dalis wall where a secret hole at the base of the crag provides the entrance to tasmainia. scramble up the lower part of australias vast oil drum glacier to a set of ladders on the salt pans level. these gain access to g'day level, high up in quarries.up here, away from most of the post-quarry foraging, workmans coats and boot lay ready for tomorrows hard graft.a series of abseils and ladders down the heaven walls gain the base of the lost world, a truly forgotten and ethereal place. walk through into mordor and ascend ladders to the khyber pass. continue up the hillside until an incline on the right leads down to the main track through the quarries. doesnt count if you take headtorches!" climb mag.. slightly altered.

Additional route info can be found here:

Ticklists: Dinorwig Essentials, HVS Adventures, a State of Slate, Unusual and Interesting Routes You Must Do VS- E2, ICAS Climbing Club, AMC Uni Ticklist, ULMC Classics, MUMC Ticklist.

Sophie Nunn 29/Nov -
Cat Higgs 29/Nov -
with Sion, Ian lovatt, Floris, Sophie Nunn
Luke Davies 22/Nov AltLd
charlielow 21/Nov -
Bobling 14/Nov -

A good expedition marred by a clumsy abseil = one rope u/s. Rain all day.

ross_spours 14/Nov Lead O/S

Completed at night in horizontal rain and high winds. Type two fun at its finest!

with Emily Groves, Owen Jones
with Rob Duerr, Dan Guy
Hidden 14/Nov AltLd dnf
Gabs Ruetz 14/Nov AltLd O/S
myrddinmuse 14/Nov Lead dnf

Lead the chain in freezing and wet conditions,, and had to haul most of the freshers up. Great adventure, but unfortunately decided to call it a day at the half way point due to the fading light. Another day.

Rob McGurk 14/Nov 2nd dnf

Combination of seconding and soloing with a big group of CUMC members. Did not complete as it was getting dark.

matt1024 09/Nov -

Amazing! The rain didn't stop all day but it just added to the atmosphere...

thomas.veness 08/Nov -

Fantastic, even in the rain and howling wind!

onlyfoddington 07/Nov 2nd

Absolutely loved the adventure, especially the tunnels and ladders. Went out of our way to poke around in the old buildings. Aided up the chain in the pouring rain.

with Ian
Hidden 01/Nov AltLd
Stanners 01/Nov -

ticked off at last. Brilliant day out with the legendary deepstar after petes eats and camping out in the van the night before. A must-do expedition taking you DEEP into the slate mines. (Mordor was my favourite I think, or D's homemade sandwiches?). Shame about the bridge of death no longer existing but may well build my own in replacement soon. Brilliant online guide but stupidly dangerous to head right once reaching Australia. Easy to die pointlessly that way. Correct and safer way is to head left and around to gain the upper terrace and first ladder. Which also meant I could stop off for a brilliant sport route of which I can find no record of anywhere. Should of brought more water! Bloody hot for November!

dobby 200 24/Oct Solo rpt
with Ros
dobby 200 12/Sep Solo rpt
with Jo Payne, Gyles, rusty
Hidden 09/Sep AltLd O/S
static266 09/Sep AltLd O/S

Brilliant fun! Great to see the quarries in such an unusual way.

papashango 05/Sep -


with Johannes, PMW, Nat
Will Hunt 22/Aug -

From Dali's to the Caban then down the steps and inclines.

Alex the Alex 20/Aug -

So so good! Aided the chain but otherwise didnt need to rope up. In situ goat (juvenile) on the ab into the Lost World. Leave him alone allright.

with ganbarimasu, AdamBrown, Mofire Crewdem, pete_naylor
ganbarimasu 20/Aug -

Absolutely amazing day out in heavy rain and wind with a fair few scary moments, loved the in-situ goat. We stopped to marvel at the remains of the bridge of death.

with LengDave, Alex, Ellie, Hazza D, Cam, pete, adam
pete_naylor 20/Aug AltLd O/S

Such good fun!

with Alex
AdamBrown 20/Aug Lead O/S

The best thing to do in Llanberis on a wet day? Thoroughly recommend this route/adventure/scarefest

Emma Parkin 16/Aug -

Awesome! Just awesome!!!

with pearly
Jack Pearl 16/Aug -

Brilliant adventure! Well worth a day out. Backed off of the second ladder down to the bottom of Mordor (Not essential part of the route), supports are looking a bit sketchy / wobbling in the wall. Fantastic experience, will be doing it in a few years when the truly lost world grows again!

owain86 13/Aug Solo
with Kate, Lisa-Marie, Greg
Hidden 05/Aug -
emc110502 05/Aug 2nd O/S

Epic adventure

spalice 27/Jul -
FreddieSmith 20/Jul AltLd O/S

The most amount of fun you can have with your clothes on. There has been a house sized rock fall in Mordor in the last 24hrs so keep your your wits about you.

beckyjg 11/Jul Lead
JamesWilliams 08/Jul -

an amazing trip through the quarries same i never got to see the true lost world

with beckyjg
beckyjg 08/Jul 2nd
P Rogers 04/Jul -

Done over two afternoons for a leisurely tour around the quarries, superb route, pitty the lost world is lost forever.

with Sue, matty
RhysRolfe 29/Jun AltLd O/S

Nice weather, not too sketchy but route finding was tricky as was the scramble through Tasmania, really enjoyed the lost world, the goats sound like velociraptors. 50 Meter rope is fine.

d.f.this 29/Jun AltLd

An interesting route to say the least, made a nice change from normal climbing, highly recommend. Difficult to find the way at times, and managed to cut my thumb on one of the scree slopes, other than that no problems. Not as scary as it first seems... honest.

Giles Eperon 28/Jun Lead dnf

Just did the chain and went to Australia. No ladders. Yet...

Charlie Eperon 28/Jun 2nd
kyaizawa 13/Jun Lead rpt
with Sam Watkins, Henry Brett, Rowan Chesmer, Emma Reynolds
linal66 13/Jun 2nd O/S

group of 4 of us chain was hardest part likely starky nailed the lead awesome fun. ladders werent as bad as feared but some were very wobbly especially one into lost world. great day!

Emma Reynolds 13/Jun 2nd O/S

Chain great fun, did it clean, wished I'd had a go at leading it!

with Sam Wilkins, Rowan Chesmer, Henry Brett, Ky Aizawa
Henry Brett 13/Jun 2nd
chris cockbain 30/May Lead

awesome route, led the chain, camped in one of the top huts. did a very dodgy bit of climbing up the old winch tower and had to do a bit of soloing in the lost world to retrieve a stuck rope

Alex Mynard 30/May TR O/S

Amazing fun.

Tom Draude 30/May 2nd O/S
with Chris Cockbain
petegunn 24/May AltLd
BenG32 24/May 2nd O/S
Hidden 24/May AltLd
el cholo 24/May Lead O/S
Hidden 24/May Solo
Hidden 24/May 2nd O/S
MikeSP 18/May -
ColdAndWet 16/May Solo

The first tunnels and two ladders with Tom.

JediClimber 16/May 2nd
ColdAndWet 03/May Lead
with Matt Telfer, Simon Rogers
Hidden 03/May AltLd O/S
JonnySchofield 11/Apr AltLd rpt

Didn't fancy trad climbing so went and did this again, notably more rock fall since before winter.

Hidden 13/Mar -
Hidden 13/Mar -
dobby 200 08/Mar Lead O/S

Amazing day out! We followed the description on http://snakesandladdersandtunnels.blogspot.co.uk/ All in all it is a brilliant description, except for finding the tunnell to Tasmania was very hard. Leading the chain was fun, Boa screwgates sink perfectly into the links.

SambucaHughes 28/Feb Solo

Great fun

SteeevieTee 28/Feb Solo

Great experience would definitely recommend!

jacob shieldhouse hadley 16/Feb Solo O/S

finished it off! went to the bottom of mordor as well. ladders are safe.

with tom
lewk_c 18/Jan Solo rpt

Avoided the chain as I didn't fancy it solo, in big boots and with the falling snow, so started with the tunnel into Australia (the tunnel of love!?). All the ladders to the top and even had a poke around all the buildings up there. Was expecting the lost world to be different after the rock fall but didn't realise how much had fallen, the shelter at the bottom is long gone and the boulder field is a bit tricky to cross as its still rather loose. Didnt venture down into the depths of mordor as the weather went a bit spicy, also it sounded like a lot of water was cascading in so didn't fancy an early shower. Hopped up the last ladders and out home in time for tea.

hoppojoe7 11/Jan Solo O/S
Somerset swede basher 10/Jan Solo O/S

All solo except the chain which I lead. Brilliant couple of hours.

with Offshore Andy (from bamford)
Andy Peak 1 10/Jan -

Fourth time round finally found the Tunell to Ozzie super fun

morgan thomas ??/2015 -
suds_01 ??/2015 -
Hidden 31/Dec/14 AltLd
griffithpatrick 26/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

Pissing it with rain and in walking boots so aided the chain. Snowed whilst going up the ladders in Australia. Ran out of time so never did the lost world bit.

jacob shieldhouse hadley 26/Dec/14 AltLd O/S

snowy... and cold...

with paddy
Hidden ?/Dec/14 Solo O/S
SamN 24/Nov/14 -
Katie Proctor 22/Nov/14 -

Really fun!

charlielow 22/Nov/14 -
davebrox 15/Nov/14 Lead
with Fiona
cameronr11 15/Nov/14 Lead O/S
tomwhitchurch 08/Nov/14 -
James Beaumont ?/Nov/14 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/14 -
Drew M 19/Oct/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 18/Oct/14 Solo O/S
ianstevens 18/Oct/14 Solo rpt

Bit drizzly, but still good fun. Avoided the scramble up Australia due to time/group size, and went up the stairs instead.

Chris dyer 17/Oct/14 AltLd O/S

Only did first half... Then went to Pete's eats

with AMC
Hidden 17/Oct/14 -
Matthew Edwards 12/Oct/14 Solo β

was good fun! aided the chain, only issue was the scrable out of Australia, went up via the centre which looked good, except for the final high leg and no handholds. Matt kindly dropped a rope as he went higher earlier on. ladders were a bit worrying to start with but once in the swing of it they were fine. good day out.

Gareth Collins 12/Oct/14 Solo
with Eddie
David Staples 09/Oct/14 Lead O/S

Fun day out! Updated blog fyi http://snakesandladdersandtunnels.blogspot.co.uk/

Hidden 30/Sep/14 AltLd O/S
JonnySchofield 28/Sep/14 2nd O/S

Great day out with Jo, Damo, Katie and Guy

damob123 28/Sep/14 Lead O/S
with Jo Phillip, Guy Martin, Elena Murphy, Katie Micklethwaite
damob123 24/Sep/14 AltLd

Good fun route. Bridge of death was down. Did it on a damp day. Worth getting clued up on the route beforehand

catty_9 14/Sep/14 Lead

Lead/partially aided the chain section. Wish I'd taken rock shoes for that bit. We missed out some of the ladder section as there has been another rock fall in Austrailia and it wasn't clear how to cross the scree slope to get to the ladders at the right level. A great exploratory day out though

with Natasha Oughton
Hidden 12/Sep/14 -
Hidden 06/Sep/14 Solo
Hidden 31/Aug/14 Lead O/S
tmawer 22/Aug/14 Lead O/S

A great day out, and a wonderful chance to get to places few people will get to, and to get a sense of how tough life was for the men who created these places.

Hidden 22/Aug/14 AltLd
Melonfly 10/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
with Caleb
Kemics 10/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

Amazing good fun. Lostworld rock fall looks gnarly, makes it feel spooky as you can see plenty of teetering blocks. Aided the chain in pissing rain.

with Mel
snowfluke ?/Aug/14 AltLd

a super fun day in the slate giving a different perspective of the galleries and even more beautiful views

with dan roach
Nick Wallis 26/Jul/14 -
with a cast of thousands
robertmichaeladams 26/Jul/14 -

Sam's stag party, a rope of 15

Shane Willis 03/Jul/14 Lead O/S
Puckle 28/Jun/14 Solo O/S

Seems there has been some massive rockfall, rendering the lost world 'lost'. Bothy is destroyed and not a fern is still standing, much more of that and the route will be off limits!

Jack_Lewin 04/Jun/14 Solo

Thoms first time!

with Thom Wilson-Parry
Fatmanscoop ?/Jun/14 -
Hidden 25/May/14 -
James_L88 24/May/14 AltLd O/S
with Debbie Hoskins, Karl Gregory, Dan Peters, Kat Day
greenclimb 24/May/14 Lead O/S
with Sarah
dantheoptimist 24/May/14 -
Hidden 24/May/14 2nd O/S
Chris Sansum 24/May/14 Lead O/S

Fantastic and unusual route. The scrambling up from Australia felt a little dangerous (steep scrambling above a big drop holding onto loose rock)! The description on the 'Blogspot' website was good but a bit misleading in a couple of places - 1) The location of the hidden tunnel is not a 'precarious scramble up and rightwards'. 2. We didn't see a circular chimney anywhere! No big deal as it was quite easy to follow the route, although would probably have been a bit dodgy if it was misty! Anyway a fantastic route, and amazing it is legal (hang on a minute, maybe that isn't technically correct ;-) )!

with Robert Harris
UnkArl 24/May/14 AltLd rpt
Hidden 24/May/14 Solo O/S
Debs 24/May/14 AltLd
with Karl
Ed morris 20/May/14 Solo O/S

Very Worthwhile.

with stefan
Stefan_Morris 20/May/14 -
Katherine Ross 13/May/14 Solo rpt

Missed out the chain to save time, and the bridge has gone. Ladders seemed about the same as last time, though.

with Tom, Duncan, Sam, James Chesmer
Hidden 10/May/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 10/May/14 Lead dog
lithos 04/May/14 -

dry this time, really good again

with julie
adamre12 ?/May/14 Solo O/S
Qureshi ?/May/14 Solo O/S
Whitty2012 20/Apr/14 -

Brilliant fun for a day out in the quarries!

with Alex Hughes, Tom Whitford
Hidden 20/Apr/14 -
rustaldo 13/Apr/14 Lead rpt

A great day out for the lads, all the way around in about 5hrs. RIP bridge.

with Scouse and Conrad
Ella7 02/Apr/14 AltLd O/S

Awesome :)

spidermonkey09 02/Apr/14 Lead
Hidden 29/Mar/14 -
LukeTreharne 29/Mar/14 -

Great fun! The Chain being the only tricky part.

Hidden 29/Mar/14 -
renetemple 28/Mar/14 -
Dizz 23/Mar/14 Solo rpt
with zof
Simon Caldwell 22/Mar/14 -

Massive queues (group of 14?) for the chain so we missed it out then came back for at the end. Great day.

with Pete B, Rob, Carmen
Sam Husband 22/Mar/14 Solo dnf

Did about half the route due to being a group of six, great fun, perfect wet weather day, someone will probaly die one day when a ladder falls off.

with Ryu, Lucy, Mackerel, Ed, Tom
lithos 22/Mar/14 -

good giggle, route desc. needs some work :-) skipped the chain at start due to queues and did it at the end of the day just after the hailstorm and lightening.

Hidden 22/Mar/14 -
tombushell 22/Mar/14 Solo
efrance24234 19/Mar/14 Lead O/S

Took johny round this for his birthday. Great day out.

Keith O'D 17/Mar/14 -

Great slate adventure!

Quarryboy 16/Mar/14 Solo O/S

Quite an adventure which took close to about 5 hours, besides the chain none of it is particularly taxing you just need to have your wits about you and be gentle with the lose rock.

with Haydon Saunders, Rhianna Knikker-Troke
Cheese Monkey 21/Feb/14 Lead dnf

To the top of the ladders. Will finish, great fun

with David, Mike
Hidden 21/Feb/14 AltLd dnf
Mayaculpa 21/Feb/14 AltLd dnf

Excellent route, Got to the top in time available, Look forward to doing it all next time !

with dbm, Ben
Matt Smith 20/Feb/14 Solo O/S

Wet weather day, very atmospheric and you can feel the history oozing out the quarries. The lost world is something else. Bridge of death is no more though, and I so wanted to do it :P

Hidden 19/Feb/14 -
Simon Rackley ?/Feb/14 Lead O/S

the bridge of death has now died and is no longer.

with andy barnes
Jamie Everitt 25/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
FlavioL1989 18/Jan/14 AltLd O/S
with Doug Arnold, Sian Witheridge, Jamie Everitt
maria85 12/Jan/14 -
with Jules
Paul Collins ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
arandall 16/Dec/13 Lead rpt

and Dan. Lead the chain, and soloed all the ladders. The death bridge seems in slightly worse condition than last year, but still crossable.

with Marcus Hague, Isaac Whitcombe
gingergeorge 04/Dec/13 AltLd
scott mayled 04/Dec/13 AltLd O/S

Easy climbing, however this is a time bomb primed and ready to hurt someone. Rusty bent ladders! A good adventure! Zoomers last adventure here for while, cheers bud, perhaps we will have more in Ripon?

Zoomer 04/Dec/13 AltLd

Shitty death, that was intense! One day someone will get very f**ked up doing this. Backed up with lots of tat where we could. Would rather shave my balls with a slice of slate than go over the Bridge of Death! Loved the Lost World, a very special place. Great day out with good friends, a fitting end to my time in N Wales!

herman0055 04/Dec/13 AltLd
with scott mayled, Glen bloomer
steven_daniels99 23/Nov/13 Lead O/S

led 3 friends through

piersnewton 22/Nov/13 -
with oscar
mfisher 17/Nov/13 -

Great experience with a few uncomfortable positions! Interesting to know how long the bridge of death will last for...

with Charlie, Mark Roe, Matthew Breakell
MarkRoe 17/Nov/13 AltLd O/S

A cracking one afternoon adventure! The Lost World is one inspiring place! I don't think we ever did find the correct 'secret tunnel' to Oz, so ended up having to scramble quite a way up the oil drum glacier to reach the first of the ladders. The Bridge of Death is now in a way worse condition that any of the photos on here show!

matty123 17/Nov/13 AltLd
with Charlie Delorie, Mark Roe, fish
GermanAlex 17/Nov/13 -

With Ellen, Robby, Haydon and Greg. Good fun, the quarries felt a lot smaller the second time round. No idea why I did the chain again, wasn't a particular fan after doing it last time. HVS doesn't seem like a very good description, XS?

with Greg, Haydon, Ellen
Maddie 03/Nov/13 -
Hidden 02/Nov/13 Lead O/S
khalidq 02/Nov/13 2nd

aided the chain!

with Tom
lcullum7 02/Nov/13 AltLd rpt
with Emily Woodhouse, Ben Crofts, Joe Rudin, Ky Aizawa
kyaizawa 02/Nov/13 Lead rpt

Lead both the chain and bridge this time, and took our time exploring - generally a great day out avoiding the worst of the weather!! Good fun throughout, though I think the bridge has deteriorated since I last did it.

with Emily Woodhouse, Ben Crofts, Joe Rudin, Luke Cullum
cearbhalld 27/Oct/13 -
with Mags, Sile & Dave, Dave Keogh, Gerry Moss
davkeo 27/Oct/13 -
Hidden 16/Oct/13 Solo
tscoobydoo 16/Oct/13 Solo

great adventure In full on storm conditions.. took around 2hrs, most of that searching for the hidden tunnel

with phillip belcher
Stefan_Morris 16/Sep/13 -
with jenny
Hidden 08/Sep/13 AltLd O/S
Dave 88 07/Sep/13 -

Took us 2 hours to find the secret tunnel! Also had to ab on our badly severed rope, all added to the fun! Good for a rainy day.

with Jack
Mario Grabinski 26/Aug/13 2nd
with Tom Williams
Hidden 26/Aug/13 2nd
David Kay 24/Aug/13 -
with Jules Lane, Dan Lane
thomaspomfrett 17/Aug/13 -
with Ed Poulter, Pat Brien
tim newton 15/Aug/13 Solo
tgeh 05/Aug/13 -

finished it off

with dan geh
Dan Geh 05/Aug/13 Solo rpt
Dickon151 21/Jul/13 Solo O/S

For my stag do....some of it naked.

with Owen Morris, Peter Keron
alicee 16/Jul/13 -

Wicked day out!

with Ned Davies, Josie McGee, Daniel Whitlum, oliver mentz
ned_85 16/Jul/13 -
with Josie McGee, Oliver Mentz, Daniel Whitlum, Alice Mees
Stuart_Burbidge 14/Jul/13 Solo O/S
with Katie Fincken
centurion05 ?/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Ben thynne
Si ?/Jul/13 -
sian88 30/Jun/13 -
ifletcher 23/Jun/13 -
with Liam, phil, Daniel Geh, tgeh
tgeh 23/Jun/13 -
with Phil, imogene, Liam, dan geh
Dan Geh 23/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
Samtn 18/Jun/13 Lead
Steve Wakeford 16/Jun/13 Lead O/S

What a laugh!! Coming a close second in laughing terms is logging this as a "clean onsight lead"!!!

with Hermione Drew
hermi1drew 16/Jun/13 2nd
with Steve Wakeford
Hidden 12/Jun/13 -
Duncan Campbell 05/Jun/13 -

Great little day out with Jess, except for getting totally lost trying to locate "secret tunnel that leads to bottom of Australia" so just walked up steps to G'day arete level. Some cool places in the Slate Quarries!

with Jess
Alex.M-M. 01/Jun/13 Solo rpt
Hidden 28/May/13 2nd
petekeron 26/May/13 Solo O/S
with Solo
gjd 24/May/13 -

A fine outing for a cold or wet day. A skyhook was very handy for the chain. Stickies would have been useful, too.

with Iain, Sam Burns, Ronnie
dutybooty 15/May/13 AltLd rpt

Awesome. Soloed the lot. Seconded the chain to let little ash lead it (his first time). Lead the bridge in the nip. Lightweight approach

with Matt, German, Bieber, Dan Camm
AshBash 15/May/13 -

awesome little route really enjoyed it, lead the chain and did the bridge of death :D

with Ash
GermanAlex 15/May/13 Lead O/S

Lead the chain, soloed the rest. An amazing day out!

with Dan
air 14/May/13 -

fun day out!

with Ben, Dan
Dan724 14/May/13 AltLd

A magical journey!

BenRyle 14/May/13 AltLd O/S
with Air, Beckett, Dan
Jack_Lewin 12/May/13 Lead

Aided the chain due to shocking weather. Ladders all seemed in good, in relative terms, condition. Some sketchy loose scree in wet conditions.

with Nick Lyons, lewk_c
climbEdclimb 06/May/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 05/May/13 -
Hidden 05/May/13 2nd O/S
Will Falder 04/May/13 Lead O/S

chain and first abseil only, will complete the rest at a later date.

Hidden 01/May/13 Lead rpt
AliceGB 30/Apr/13 -
with Matthew Roper
Dizz 28/Apr/13 -

Solo except seconded chain ... Sketchy fun!

with EJ, Hugh T
Hidden 28/Apr/13 -
Stopsy 23/Apr/13 Solo

Awesome fun, gets HVS for the adjective danger I guess and bridge of death.

j.townley 23/Apr/13 Solo β

A must do, absolutely amazing!

Tristan101 23/Apr/13 Solo O/S
TheaSmea 23/Apr/13 Solo
with James
paddywalsh11 17/Apr/13 Lead
with Daniel Walsh, James Walsh, Dan Whitlum (Milky)
dutybooty 13/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

Lead the chain, in big mountain boots! Didn't do the bridge of death. May in the future though. Soloed most ladders, have to go again! 4.5 hours, though spent an hour and a half looking for alternative start.

deacondeacon 04/Apr/13 AltLd O/S
the power 04/Apr/13 AltLd O/S

a epic dangerous journey.fookin cool as

with deacon, charlie
Hidden 16/Mar/13 -
Binder 16/Mar/13 AltLd

Brilliant way to spend a wet day! Did the chains at the end because there was a massive snow shower when we tried started the first time. Avoided the bridge of death...

with David B, Chiz, Harri K, Toby
gravity 16/Mar/13 AltLd

Lots of fun: Tunnels, ladders, chains, The Lost World and snow storms! What more could you want?

with Chiz Harward, Harriet Kirk, George, David
Harri777 16/Mar/13 AltLd
with Binder
mcgovern 11/Mar/13 -

Probably the most fun route I've done. I'd say the bridge of death still has a few years left! A well deserved 3 stars

with TommyMcG, Paul Collins, Murphy
Hidden 11/Mar/13 -
Paul Collins 11/Mar/13 -
lewk_c 10/Mar/13 AltLd

Roped up and lead the chain, the alt lead the ladders solo. Was getting late so didn't explore down into mordor, definitely something for next time. Avoided the bridge...

codenamel 07/Mar/13 -

Very wet day. Finished in the dark! Such a great place.

with Chrith
chrith85 07/Mar/13 2nd
Alex.M-M. 01/Mar/13 Solo O/S

From California onwards in the dark.

with chris ripper
Dan Lane 03/Feb/13 -

A great adventure and a good tour through the quarries, would certainly do it again!

with James Hoyes, Rach Batt, Richard and Maria
Batt 03/Feb/13 -

Brilliant. 5hrs. aided the chain. Tad slippy on the abs but great fun for a soggy day. Bridge of death fun in the wind!

with Mark P, Maria, Richard W, Dan, James Hoyes
jimmysdead 02/Feb/13 -

Best day out of the year, wicked tour of the quarry. Benighted and finished by head torch.

with Dave Milf, Blake
quiffhanger 02/Feb/13 Solo β

In the dark for added excitement.

with Thom, Jacob
jacobjacob 02/Feb/13 -

At night this time!

philmcf ?/Feb/13 -
cymjt ?/Feb/13 -
williap 06/Jan/13 -

Great fun, did an 'additional' ladder at the top of the scree slope to the left of oil drum glacier, as well as a set of 3 at G'day before going down into Lost World. Also explored the tunnels between Mordor and Lost World before finished via the aptly named Bridge of Death!

with adam radcliffe
Wendy Watthews 03/Jan/13 -

great adventure

Dave192939 03/Jan/13 -
with arandall, Wendy Watthews
arandall 03/Jan/13 -

really good fun, was seeing how comfy my b3s are, but they're just about useless for climbing the chain so aided it.

Andy Peak 1 02/Jan/13 Lead

A grate day out with the misses! Good to exsplore moore of the qwarys.

with H washbrook
andrew549 01/Jan/13 2nd
katiep 01/Jan/13 Lead

A great adventure to start the new year.

with Sophie, Will Fuller, Sian Gardiner
Harri777 ??/2013 -
with David Barlow, Toby Knight, George M, Chiz
Hidden ??/2013 -
David Walker 08/Dec/12 2nd

Finished after the ladders on the salt-pan levels due to failing light.

with Kelly Smith, Jacquie Martinez, Marcus Povey, Andy Martin, Chris Densham, Maria
MariaT 08/Dec/12 2nd dnf

Climbing as a group of 7, so took a while. Got halfway round and walked out.

with Jacquie, Andy, Kelly Smith, Marcus, Chris Densham, David Walker
Patrick Hill 02/Dec/12 -
Hidden 02/Dec/12 -
jacobjacob 25/Nov/12 Sent β

Nickys leap first thing and the bridge of death at the end... Big day on the slate!

CragDog 25/Nov/12 -
mcglenr25 23/Nov/12 -

By cover of darkness and the light of the moon!

Hidden 23/Nov/12 -
Slick 18/Nov/12 Lead


Egons Issy 18/Nov/12 2nd
with Kevin Vans-Colina, Richard Nicholson
Martin Bagshaw 17/Nov/12 -

Climbing the chain and seeing more of the quarries was awesome. Probably won't be doing the bridge at the end again though.

with Tony Walencowicz, Simon Clark, Matthew Porter, Andrew porter, Ian Pegg, Richard Apthorp
Piers Harley 17/Nov/12 AltLd
with Simon Clark
ipegg 17/Nov/12 2nd O/S

Various - Matt Porter Lead Chain section finished over train line

with Tony Walentowicz, Martin Bagshaw, Richard Apthorp
mattshort 03/Nov/12 -
Hidden ?/Nov/12 -
Hidden 27/Oct/12 Solo rpt
Hidden 20/Oct/12 Lead
thetradlad 14/Oct/12 -
with James Woodman, Tessa Baston, Harry Thorpe
MaccMark 14/Oct/12 -

Some purple 5mm cord now links the top of the chain to a rod in the cave. Look out for a sheep in a top hat on the opposite side.

with Tom Wild, Si Ward
Hidden 14/Oct/12 Solo
Jay C 14/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with LUMC, Nick E
Harry Thorpe 14/Oct/12 AltLd rpt
guy757 13/Oct/12 -
jshields 13/Oct/12 Lead

Robin and Paul also on route,great fun.

Marti999 13/Oct/12 -
with Debbie, Guy Buckingham, Mick Cooke
debbie roberts 13/Oct/12 -
ianstevens 06/Oct/12 Lead
Danhan 29/Sep/12 AltLd O/S

Awesome. Led the first pitch of the chain and everything else we soloed.

with Andy, Nicolette, Nick
Hidden 29/Sep/12 AltLd
samdenny 22/Sep/12 AltLd O/S
with Anna Woodman, Colin Macalindin
dale 42 22/Sep/12 AltLd
AWOODM71 22/Sep/12 2nd

A difficult start up the chain, a great day out albeit rather dodgy/lack of protection on the ladders

with Colin Macalindin, Sam Denny
Hidden 15/Sep/12 Lead O/S
williamsd79 14/Sep/12 -
with Luke Watts
David Kay 02/Sep/12 -
with Ben Croft, Simon Parker
bede.west ?/Sep/12 -

great day out and great fun

Ben0591 29/Aug/12 Lead

Rope has been replaced on the second to last ladder.

with Pete Wanless
Hidden 25/Aug/12 Lead dnf
lcullum7 21/Aug/12 AltLd
with Dave Lomax, Joe Stonham, Rich Jones
Mr. K 18/Aug/12 Lead O/S

An amazing day out! I aided the chain on lead in big boots because of the rain. Skipped the final bridge as it's not attached to anything any more. Well worth it's three stars.

with Adam Radcliff, Chris Mullaney
fathobbit 18/Aug/12 2nd
with Mr. K
Hidden 12/Aug/12 -
Hidden 22/Jul/12 -
luke2442 22/Jul/12 Solo O/S

Soloed everything except the chain, bridge was pretty hairy in gale force winds... Amazing locations throughout.

Hidden 12/Jul/12 Lead
David Kay 12/Jul/12 Lead
Chriswallis2 05/Jul/12 Lead dnf

Did about a third, then escaped up into australia when the sun came out.

with Anna
Hidden 04/Jul/12 -
Hidden 02/Jul/12 -
partz 30/Jun/12 -

Fantastic! Rained all day, was SO enjoyable! Atleast 4 stars...

with Alex Battery, Josh Robinson
sparkybatteryboy 30/Jun/12 -
with matt e
SamuelHarris 23/Jun/12 -
with Ryan
Matt Harle 10/Jun/12 -


Hidden 10/Jun/12 -
lcullum7 08/Jun/12 AltLd dnf
with Ed Cromwell, Henry Hakkinnen, Alex Peace
Hidden 07/Jun/12 AltLd
kyaizawa 05/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

Brilliant route - so much fun, it was worth missing my train for :P Chain climb was good, but the railtrack bridge was more fun - so much potential for monkey bar style crossings, or even a cheeky bat hang. Definitely will be back repeating this route!! :D

samdenny 05/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
lcullum7 05/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Ralphus 03/Jun/12 Lead O/S


with Deborah Hoskins, Stefanie Gunst, Karyn Anderson, Karl Gregory
cbeard 03/Jun/12 Lead O/S

Burly chain climbing, such a bleak atmosphere. A really cool experience for a wet day out in Llanberris.

Katherine Ross 03/Jun/12 -

Really cool tour of the quarries, if a bit sketchy in places!

with Joe, Andrena, Steve Shenton, Nick Russell, Charlie Beard
Nick Russell 03/Jun/12 -

A great tour of the quarries! A bit spicy at times - all part of the fun. Take your camera for death bridge

with Katherine, Charlie Beard
UnkArl 03/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

Absolutely brilliant day out - what an adventure! Great way to tour the quarries, even if it did rain all day. Took our group of 5 around 9hrs car-to-car!!

Debs 03/Jun/12 AltLd
with Karl
Samuel Wainwright 27/May/12 Solo O/S
greengrasss 26/May/12 -
ad111 06/May/12 Lead O/S

Hanging railway felt solid, looked terrifying.

Hidden 28/Apr/12 AltLd
Joe.Elliott1 22/Apr/12 -
p_won 22/Apr/12 -

Perfect wet weather alternative

Hidden 17/Apr/12 -
yarrow 14/Apr/12 AltLd O/S
with Ian P, Phil P
Monkey_Alan 06/Apr/12 -

Deep snow in places. Aided the chain (Icy boots on slate offer amazingly little friction!) and skipped the hanging railway. Signs of recent rockfall in the Lost World, so didn't hang around too long.

Last Days of Disco 06/Apr/12 2nd dog
Hidden 21/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
mcglenr25 21/Mar/12 -

Brilliant adventure!

thetradlad 17/Mar/12 -

Seconded chain, lead death bridge. Great fun

with Ian Parkhouse, Phil Wilkinson, Harry Thorpe
Harry Thorpe 17/Mar/12 AltLd O/S

Pitched the snake and the death bridge. Great fun, the lost world and mordor are amazing places!

with Ian Parkhouse, Phil Wilkinson, Jake Lodge
Hidden 11/Mar/12 AltLd
wilkie14c 09/Mar/12 AltLd

WOW what an unusual day out that was!

with Dave Clarke
Ross.Cooper 06/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Graeme Hammond 03/Mar/12 -

A lot easier and less scary than expected, except for the 'death bridge' ended up soloing everything apart from this the chain and the first ladder. No real rope work skills required.

with Darren McMaster, Greg Slee, LSMC members, Phil Baxter
shed_hed 03/Mar/12 -

Awesome wet(ish) day out. Seconded the chain (aided) and lead the death bridge at the end.

with Ally Dunn, Phil Baxter, Dan Stephens, Duncan Bottrill, Greg Slee, Graeme Hammond
Hidden 03/Mar/12 -
matthew_soanes ?/Mar/12 -
with Jem_Kyn, Sion Owen
67hours 26/Feb/12 Lead O/S

A cracking adventure! If you don't do the rail bridge at the end you probably haven't really completed it. Good luck! Short summary of the adventure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYpLkCy6V8s

with Steeeeeve, Eleri, Clay
Hidden 26/Feb/12 -
Clay C 26/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
BALD EAGLE 18/Feb/12 AltLd

Most excellent Welsh Via Ferrata meets Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with steroids...

with David Qualtough, David Martinez Majo
Hidden 04/Feb/12 AltLd
Sam Cooke 04/Feb/12 -

A proper adventure on a very rainy day. May have vomited once or twice.

with George, Chris, Hal, Nick
Hidden 21/Jan/12 Solo O/S
Danny Crump 21/Jan/12 Solo
with Andrew Porter, Michael Porter
LittleMike ??/2012 2nd
HAJ Francis ??/2012 -


roberts1234567890 27/Nov/11 -
with andy griffiths, giles cranston, tom trout, James Hoar, Simon Van Dam
SimonvanDam 26/Nov/11 Lead
roberts1234567890 26/Nov/11 -
with andy griffiths, giles cranston, tom trout, James Hoar, Simon Van Dam
Kayan 26/Nov/11 -
Tom Hecht 21/Nov/11 -


with Lotte Stuer, Will Oates
Hidden 16/Nov/11 -
Hidden 29/Oct/11 Lead dnf
shed_hed 29/Oct/11 AltLd dnf

Weren't really sure where we were going. Ended up leading a dodgy pitch after the chain and tunnel, realised we'd gone wrong and decided to sack it off because of the cold.

Jay C 15/Oct/11 Solo O/S

Mostly done in the dark, really brings the history of the quarries to life!

with Nathan M, Mark C, Nick E
Hidden 15/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
Mattlamb90 08/Oct/11 Lead rpt
with Tibbett, cyril betemps, Luke
Hidden 08/Oct/11 -
jcook1980 02/Oct/11 -

Compete route done

with Leo
leohl 02/Oct/11 -
charlietorrance ?/Oct/11 -
namagnall ?/Oct/11 -

Awesome! Avoided bridge. Night ascent for extra thrill!

Yong_Welsh 20/Sep/11 Solo β
jason reeve 20/Sep/11 Solo

Did the death bridge at the end aswell, very good. beautiful day

with iwan
Steven Andrews 18/Sep/11 AltLd

just did the first half (stopped after the 4 sets of ladders) - the pouring rain added to the atmosphere

lukehunt 17/Sep/11 -
with Vikki
maybe_si 11/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 10/Sep/11 Solo
willoates 05/Sep/11 -

Absolutely amazing! best bits = the lost World. the great ladder of mordor!!!

with Steve
Jessie Rushbrooke 03/Sep/11 -
Will Caesar ?/Sep/11 Solo
Hidden ?/Sep/11 AltLd O/S
Adam Lincoln 29/Aug/11 -
with Meg
robman 29/Aug/11 Lead O/S

Amazing wet day out, well worth it, and seems one of those things that not many people will do. Random sums it up!!!!

Steff007 29/Aug/11 -
Cardi 28/Aug/11 -

A really fun day had by all, despite the showers. The Lost World and Mordor are incredible!

with Laura, Nikki
rustaldo 27/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

a rainy day alternative, just as good as usual, did the entire route in about 4hrs; chain and bridge of death included.

Hidden 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Mattlamb90 27/Aug/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 14/Aug/11 Lead
Pete_Frost 27/Jul/11 AltLd β

My 50th birthday treat. Aided the chain. Great fun!

with Ray Andrews
rustaldo 23/Jul/11 Lead rpt

Done in a 4 (siblings+1), another awesome day out. Skipped the chain to save time, nipped through the tunnel and swarmed up the ladders. Abbing/lowering into The Lost World took awhile, but well worth it! Totally amazing place down there. Mordor is stunning too. Kyber Pass and the train track; haha! Need to go back for a full day and a full ascent of the entire thing, potentially got a few extra bits to add on aswell.

with Tom
gingerwolf 16/Jul/11 Lead O/S

Led the chain - pretty nails, just gotta pull like buggery - and gotta love the bridge of death right at the end, haha!! awesome finish! Really good fun and an awesome outing! HVS is about right for chain difficulty and capabilities in rope work.

with Glenn
Hidden 09/Jul/11 Lead O/S
nadeem 30/May/11 -

Great Fun. Wonder how long it will all be patent, some of the chains and ladders starting to look a wee bit corroded.

with DLE
Hidden 30/May/11 AltLd O/S
rustaldo 29/May/11 -

second time around, much faster than the first.. again aborted after all the laddery fun.. was late in the day, will be back for the ab into lost world and the final stretch

with Olly
melonmike 13/May/11 Lead rpt

Began at 9pm with the Sun close to setting, finished at 1am complete with bridge walk/crawl. Headtorches only used for sightseeing in the huts (tunnels are dark places), no guidebook. The glow of the moon on the slate walls was both surreal and atmospheric, excellent adventure.

with liam brown, Sarah R
Bumblebee Biggs 11/May/11 -

SKETCHY EVERYTHING! Slate falling, ladders creaking and death bridge was a no go for me! Good fun though!

rustaldo 07/May/11 -

Did with my brother and sister.. absolutely EPIC! Really fun. Weather was appalling. The Lost World is awesome, sooo many tunnels and holes to explore! Massive potential. Went off-route for some exploring in a random tunnel which was flooded halfway along, next time we plan to take an inflatable boat..

with Tom
david morse 26/Apr/11 AltLd

An excellent adventure. Some very dodgy ladders. Exploring the lost world is worth the trek in itself

with helen, josh
Hidden 19/Apr/11 Solo O/S
Ewan Russell 19/Apr/11 Solo O/S

Night time+headtorch version. Done most of it before, I think the boys needed a cripple for the hard pitches. Brilliant fun ben nearly shat himself up death gully(to be fair It was quite exciting that bit), conor actually did shit himself afterwards. Great fun

with Steve Sharland, Ben Finley, Connor
Hidden 19/Apr/11 Solo
Hidden ?/Apr/11 -
theking696 ??/2011 -
barni ??/2011 -
jkarran 21/Nov/10 -

Epic fun with rope chopping blocks (Sorry Aly!) and a starlight escape from Mordor. Well worth doing.

with Team
Hidden 20/Nov/10 -
Hidden 20/Nov/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Nov/10 2nd
Hidden 22/Oct/10 -
Hidden 02/Oct/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden ?/Oct/10 -
sam820 05/Sep/10 -
with Matt, Matt Roper
melonmike 26/Aug/10 AltLd O/S

A team adventure. Well worth doing, really enjoyable.

with Matt Roper, Jack Metcalfe
Hidden 26/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Tightsgirl 12/Aug/10 2nd

EPIC! but needed to find a better route description, easy to get lost!

with Rachael Thompson, Ed Feldman, Tue Gonzo, Jonathan Bunch, Ella Vogel
Homes 30/Jul/10 -
with Dan W, Jonny C
jcook1980 30/Jul/10 AltLd

Only did part of the route

with Dan Walker, Luke Holmes
brew_guru 26/Jul/10 -

fantastic!! due to raining stopping climbing for a bit,went for a wonder though the cali enterance and was just blown away buy what i was seeing...i've never seen anything like it! exit via chain which got cought in my harness and ended up dragging it half way up til i realized what i was doing!! through tunnel and ab back down in to dali's...did not finish!

with super gav
Cacyn 13/Jul/10 2nd O/S

A giggle that had us doing only the chain /tunnel in the rain in big boots and having to aid climb.

with climbfan, Gayle Davis, Martin Holland, John Jackson
climbfan 13/Jul/10 2nd dnf

We went for a walk in the quarry, found the chain after scurrying about through tunnels and over scree, decided on a bit of an adventure. Highlight of the day. Climbed in walking boots as slate was wet. Abseiled back down to Dali's Hole after exiting the tunnel.

with Gayle Davis, Martin Holland, Tam Risk, John Jackson
Hidden 01/Jul/10 AltLd O/S
groovy_nut 05/Jun/10 -

Didn't finish - need to go back to finish with the abseils down into the Lost World and then to Mordor etc.

with Matt K
Ian Archer 01/May/10 Lead O/S

A good adventure

with Richard Holland
dan-8990 17/Apr/10 Solo O/S
Nathanael-Mc 17/Apr/10 Lead
with Heather, Alex Ore, Dan Commander
smallerrich 07/Mar/10 AltLd O/S

Epic day out! Soloed all of it except the chain pitch, but took it in turns to go first on the scary bits. Mentally draining to the point where I just want to sleep... bloody ladders....

with James
farmus21 07/Mar/10 Solo

Silly fun...

HeatherF 16/Dec/09 -

Did the end bit this time with the abseils into the lost world and through into Mordor. Got completely freaked out by a bat in a tunnel and full on screamed in fear at least 3 times during the day!

with Tom Parker
mattish2000 05/Dec/09 -
vincentvega 27/Nov/09 -

Was soaking wet today with snow on the higher parts, up near the top of Lost world. Ascending the chain was, 'thuggish',to say the least with the slate being as slipy as ice! A fantastic adventure, il definatley be doing it again!

with danny robb
Tomprusk 15/Nov/09 -

Been back to finish off. the second half in the hidden parts of the quarries was amazing. so much potential for classic routes and should be made more known to everyone!

with Nick
Nick Nitro 15/Nov/09 Lead O/S
Tomprusk 05/Nov/09 -

Wet, but amazing! kinda handy if you know where certain tunnels are, but the ladders where amazing! need to go back and do finish, had to miss out the last few bits due to poor visibility

with Heather
HeatherF 05/Nov/09 -

Pretty darn fun! Got absolutely soaked, lost and frozen but enjoyed every min. Had to jib the abbing part due to poor visibilty, but might go back and do it some other time

with Tom Parker
Glyn 01/Oct/09 Lead O/S

Cool experience, account and description on my blog: http://adventuresplusnorthwales.blogspot.com/2009/10/snakes-and-ladders-and-tunnels.html

with Amy, Trystan
adam06 ??/2009 -

awesome route! heres a description although this route is not a conventional climbing experience, its equivalent to HVS and provides an unforgettable experience of the history and danger faced by past generations. the route contains: rusty ladders with missing rungs and dark dripping tunnels far underground. this is not in any guide, but here is a brief description: A tunnel leads from the east side of dalis hole and skirts around the deep echoes of hades to emerge in calafornia, an impressive arena enclosed by huge walls. climb the chain on the left wall as you leave the tunnel. this leads to another tunnel, which exits opposite dalis wall where a secret hole at the base of the crag provides the entrance to tasmainia. scramble up the lower part of australias vast oil drum glacier towards white looking paint on the scree, then head right to a set of ladders on the salt pans level. these gain access to g'day level, high up in quarries.up here, away from most of the post-quarry foraging, workmans coats and boot lay ready for tomorrows hard graft.a series of abseils and ladders down the heaven walls gain the base of the lost world, a truly forgotten and ethereal place. walk through into mordor and ascend ladders to the khyber pass. continue up the hillside until an incline on the right leads down to the main track through the quarries. doesnt count if you take headtorches!

with olli, chris carr, Sarah Lewington, mike weaver, pete kopp
Hidden ??/2000 -
nige ??/1990 -
Jelly Mould Surfer ??/1988 -

Didn't know it was a "climb" Following Mike and Hamish when they did the cable

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