Snakes And Ladders (and Tunnels) HVS
[Wobbly off balance ladder, 3 kb]"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.

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dobby 200 - Solo rpt - 12/Sep/15 with Jo Payne, Gyles, rusty

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/15

Brilliant fun! Great to see the quarries in such an unusual way.
static266 - AltLd O/S - 09/Sep/15

papashango - 05/Sep/15 with Johannes, PMW, Nat

From Dali's to the Caban then down the steps and inclines.
Will Hunt - 22/Aug/15

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.
Alex the Alex - 20/Aug/15 with ganbarimasu, AdamBrown, Mofire Crewdem, pete_naylor

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.
ganbarimasu - 20/Aug/15 with LengDave, Alex, Ellie, Hazza D, Cam, pete, adam

Such good fun!
pete_naylor - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/15 with Alex

The best thing to do in Llanberis on a wet day? Thoroughly recommend this route/adventure/scarefest
AdamBrown - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/15

Awesome! Just awesome!!!
Emma Parkin - 16/Aug/15 with pearly

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!
Jack Pearl - 16/Aug/15 with Emma Parkin

owain86 - Solo - 13/Aug/15 with Kate, Lisa-Marie, Greg

Hidden - 05/Aug/15

Epic adventure
emc110502 - 2nd O/S - 05/Aug/15 with Jim Croft

spalice - 27/Jul/15 with FreddieSmith

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.
FreddieSmith - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/15 with Ed Geall

beckyjg - Lead - 11/Jul/15

an amazing trip through the quarries same i never got to see the true lost world
JamesWilliams - 08/Jul/15 with beckyjg

beckyjg - 2nd - 08/Jul/15

Done over two afternoons for a leisurely tour around the quarries, superb route, pitty the lost world is lost forever.
P Rogers - 04/Jul/15 with Sue, matty

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.
RhysRolfe - AltLd O/S - 29/Jun/15 with d.f.this

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.
d.f.this - AltLd - 29/Jun/15 with RhysRolfe

Just did the chain and went to Australia. No ladders. Yet...
Giles Eperon - Lead dnf - 28/Jun/15 with Charlie Wilson

kyaizawa - Lead rpt - 13/Jun/15 with Sam Watkins, Henry Brett, Rowan Chesmer, Emma Reynolds

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!
linal66 - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/15

Chain great fun, did it clean, wished I'd had a go at leading it!
Emma Reynolds - 2nd O/S - 13/Jun/15 with Sam Wilkins, Rowan Chesmer, Henry Brett, Ky Aizawa

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
chris cockbain - Lead - 30/May/15 with tom draude

Amazing fun.
Alex Mynard - TR O/S - 30/May/15 with Chris Cockbain

Tom Draude - 2nd O/S - 30/May/15 with Chris Cockbain

petegunn - AltLd - 24/May/15 with Nicole, Matt Reeve, Davina

BenG32 - 2nd O/S - 24/May/15 with Noemie, Amy Goodill

Hidden - AltLd - 24/May/15

el cholo - Lead O/S - 24/May/15

Hidden - Solo - 24/May/15

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/May/15

MikeSP - 18/May/15

The first tunnels and two ladders with Tom.
ColdAndWet - Solo - 16/May/15 with Tom Sambridge

JediClimber - 2nd - 16/May/15 with Neil Sambridge

ColdAndWet - Lead - 03/May/15 with Matt Telfer, Simon Rogers

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/May/15

Didn't fancy trad climbing so went and did this again, notably more rock fall since before winter.
JonnySchofield - AltLd rpt - 11/Apr/15 with Tom Adams

Hidden - 13/Mar/15

Hidden - 13/Mar/15

Amazing day out! We followed the description on 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.
dobby 200 - Lead O/S - 08/Mar/15 with Joe Doherty

Great fun
SambucaHughes - Solo - 28/Feb/15 with stevietlfc

Great experience would definitely recommend!
SteeevieTee - Solo - 28/Feb/15 with Sam Hughes

finished it off! went to the bottom of mordor as well. ladders are safe.
jacob shieldhouse hadley - Solo O/S - 16/Feb/15 with tom

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.
lewk_c - Solo rpt - 18/Jan/15

hoppojoe7 - Solo O/S - 11/Jan/15

All solo except the chain which I lead. Brilliant couple of hours.
Somerset swede basher - Solo O/S - 10/Jan/15 with Offshore Andy (from bamford)

Fourth time round finally found the Tunell to Ozzie super fun
Andy Peak 1 - 10/Jan/15

morgan thomas - 2015

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Dec/14

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.
griffithpatrick - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/14

snowy... and cold...
jacob shieldhouse hadley - AltLd O/S - 26/Dec/14 with griffithpatrick

Hidden - Solo O/S - Dec/14

Really fun!
Katie Proctor - 22/Nov/14

charlielow - 22/Nov/14

davebrox - Lead - 15/Nov/14 with Fiona

cameronr11 - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/14

tomwhitchurch - 08/Nov/14

James Beaumont - Lead O/S - Nov/14

Drew M - Lead O/S - 19/Oct/14

Hidden - Solo O/S - 18/Oct/14

Bit drizzly, but still good fun. Avoided the scramble up Australia due to time/group size, and went up the stairs instead.
ianstevens - Solo rpt - 18/Oct/14

Only did first half... Then went to Pete's eats
Chris dyer - AltLd O/S - 17/Oct/14 with AMC

Hidden - 17/Oct/14

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.
Matthew Edwards - Solo β - 12/Oct/14 with Gareth Collins, Matt Everett

Gareth Collins - Solo - 12/Oct/14 with Eddie

Fun day out! Updated blog fyi
David Staples - Lead O/S - 09/Oct/14 with Tom Morgan 2

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Sep/14

Great day out with Jo, Damo, Katie and Guy
JonnySchofield - 2nd O/S - 28/Sep/14

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

Good fun route. Bridge of death was down. Did it on a damp day. Worth getting clued up on the route beforehand
damob123 - AltLd - 24/Sep/14

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
catty_9 - Lead - 14/Sep/14 with Natasha Oughton

Hidden - 12/Sep/14

Hidden - Solo - 06/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/14

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.
tmawer - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/14 with Graeme James Cook

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Aug/14

Melonfly - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/14 with Caleb

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.
Kemics - AltLd O/S - 10/Aug/14 with Mel

a super fun day in the slate giving a different perspective of the galleries and even more beautiful views
snowfluke - AltLd - Aug/14 with dan roach

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

Sam's stag party, a rope of 15
robertmichaeladams - 26/Jul/14

Shane Willis - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/14

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!
Puckle - Solo O/S - 28/Jun/14

Thoms first time!
Jack_Lewin - Solo - 04/Jun/14 with Thom Wilson-Parry

Fatmanscoop - Jun/14

Hidden - 25/May/14

James_L88 - AltLd O/S - 24/May/14 with Debbie Hoskins, Karl Gregory, Dan Peters, Kat Day

greenclimb - Lead O/S - 24/May/14 with Sarah

dantheoptimist - 24/May/14 with Kat, James Long, Deborah Hoskins, Karl Gregory

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/May/14

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 ;-) )!
Chris Sansum - Lead O/S - 24/May/14 with Robert Harris

UnkArl - AltLd rpt - 24/May/14 with James Long, Dan, Kat, Debbie

Hidden - Solo O/S - 24/May/14

Debs - AltLd - 24/May/14 with Karl

Very Worthwhile.
Ed morris - Solo O/S - 20/May/14 with stefan

Stefan_Morris - 20/May/14 with Edmundmorris

Missed out the chain to save time, and the bridge has gone. Ladders seemed about the same as last time, though.
Katherine Ross - Solo rpt - 13/May/14 with Tom, Duncan, Sam, James Chesmer

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/May/14

Hidden - Lead dog - 10/May/14

dry this time, really good again
lithos - 04/May/14 with julie

adamre12 - Solo O/S - May/14 with Dan Qureshi

Qureshi - Solo O/S - May/14

Brilliant fun for a day out in the quarries!
Whitty2012 - 20/Apr/14 with Alex Hughes, Tom Whitford

Hidden - 20/Apr/14

A great day out for the lads, all the way around in about 5hrs. RIP bridge.
rustaldo - Lead rpt - 13/Apr/14 with Scouse and Conrad

Awesome :)
Ella7 - AltLd O/S - 02/Apr/14 with Jim Hulbert

spidermonkey09 - Lead - 02/Apr/14 with Ellie Fuller

Hidden - 29/Mar/14

Great fun! The Chain being the only tricky part.
LukeTreharne - 29/Mar/14 with Ronan Murphy

Hidden - 29/Mar/14

renetemple - 28/Mar/14

Dizz - Solo rpt - 23/Mar/14 with zof

Massive queues (group of 14?) for the chain so we missed it out then came back for at the end. Great day.
Simon Caldwell - 22/Mar/14 with Pete B, Rob, Carmen

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.
Sam Husband - Solo dnf - 22/Mar/14 with Ryu, Lucy, Mackerel, Ed, Tom

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.
lithos - 22/Mar/14 with carmen, Pete Bradshaw, Simon C

Hidden - 22/Mar/14

Took johny round this for his birthday. Great day out.
efrance24234 - Lead O/S - 19/Mar/14 with Beth heatherington

Great slate adventure!
Keith O'D - 17/Mar/14

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.
Quarryboy - Solo O/S - 16/Mar/14 with Haydon Saunders, Rhianna Knikker-Troke

To the top of the ladders. Will finish, great fun
Cheese Monkey - Lead dnf - 21/Feb/14 with David, Mike

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 21/Feb/14

Excellent route, Got to the top in time available, Look forward to doing it all next time !
Mayaculpa - AltLd dnf - 21/Feb/14 with dbm, Ben

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
Matt Smith - Solo O/S - 20/Feb/14 with Joe Premier

Hidden - 19/Feb/14

the bridge of death has now died and is no longer.
Simon Rackley - Lead O/S - Feb/14 with andy barnes

Jamie Everitt - AltLd O/S - 25/Jan/14

FlavioL1989 - AltLd O/S - 18/Jan/14 with Doug Arnold, Sian Witheridge, Jamie Everitt

maria85 - 12/Jan/14 with Jules

Paul Collins - 2014

Hidden - 2014

and Dan. Lead the chain, and soloed all the ladders. The death bridge seems in slightly worse condition than last year, but still crossable.
arandall - Lead rpt - 16/Dec/13 with Marcus Hague, Isaac Whitcombe

gingergeorge - AltLd - 04/Dec/13 with Glen Bloomer

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?
scott mayled - AltLd O/S - 04/Dec/13 with George best, zoomer

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!
Zoomer - AltLd - 04/Dec/13 with Scotty Mayled, George Best

herman0055 - AltLd - 04/Dec/13 with scott mayled, Glen bloomer

led 3 friends through
steven_daniels99 - Lead O/S - 23/Nov/13

piersnewton - 22/Nov/13 with oscar

Great experience with a few uncomfortable positions! Interesting to know how long the bridge of death will last for...
mfisher - 17/Nov/13 with Charlie, Mark Roe, Matthew Breakell

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!
MarkRoe - AltLd O/S - 17/Nov/13 with Charlie Delorie, Matt Fisher, Matt Breakell

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

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?
GermanAlex - 17/Nov/13 with Greg, Haydon, Ellen, Robby

Maddie - 03/Nov/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Nov/13

aided the chain!
khalidq - 2nd - 02/Nov/13 with Tom

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

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.
kyaizawa - Lead rpt - 02/Nov/13 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 with Cearbhall Daly

Hidden - Solo - 16/Oct/13

great adventure In full on storm conditions.. took around 2hrs, most of that searching for the hidden tunnel
tscoobydoo - Solo - 16/Oct/13 with phillip belcher

Stefan_Morris - 16/Sep/13 with jenny

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/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.
Dave 88 - 07/Sep/13 with Jack

Mario Grabinski - 2nd - 26/Aug/13 with Tom Williams

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/13

David Kay - 24/Aug/13 with Jules Lane, Dan Lane

thomaspomfrett - 17/Aug/13 with Ed Poulter, Pat Brien

tim newton - Solo - 15/Aug/13

finished it off
tgeh - 05/Aug/13 with dan geh

Dan Geh - Solo rpt - 05/Aug/13 with Thomas Geh

For my stag do....some of it naked.
Dickon151 - Solo O/S - 21/Jul/13 with Owen Morris, Peter Keron

Wicked day out!
alicee - 16/Jul/13 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 - Solo O/S - 14/Jul/13 with Katie Fincken

centurion05 - AltLd O/S - Jul/13 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 - AltLd O/S - 23/Jun/13 with Thomas Geh

Samtn - Lead - 18/Jun/13

What a laugh!! Coming a close second in laughing terms is logging this as a "clean onsight lead"!!!
Steve Wakeford - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/13 with Hermione Drew

hermi1drew - 2nd - 16/Jun/13 with Steve Wakeford

Hidden - 12/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!
Duncan Campbell - 05/Jun/13 with Jess

Alex.M-M. - Solo rpt - 01/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 28/May/13

petekeron - Solo O/S - 26/May/13 with Solo

A fine outing for a cold or wet day. A skyhook was very handy for the chain. Stickies would have been useful, too.
gjd - 24/May/13 with Iain, Sam Burns, Ronnie

Awesome. Soloed the lot. Seconded the chain to let little ash lead it (his first time). Lead the bridge in the nip. Lightweight approach
dutybooty - AltLd rpt - 15/May/13 with Matt, German, Bieber, Dan Camm

awesome little route really enjoyed it, lead the chain and did the bridge of death :D
AshBash - 15/May/13 with Ash

Lead the chain, soloed the rest. An amazing day out!
GermanAlex - Lead O/S - 15/May/13 with Dan

fun day out!
air - 14/May/13 with Ben, Dan

A magical journey!
Dan724 - AltLd - 14/May/13 with Air, Ben Ryle

BenRyle - AltLd O/S - 14/May/13 with Air, Beckett, Dan

Aided the chain due to shocking weather. Ladders all seemed in good, in relative terms, condition. Some sketchy loose scree in wet conditions.
Jack_Lewin - Lead - 12/May/13 with Nick Lyons, lewk_c

climbEdclimb - AltLd O/S - 06/May/13

Hidden - 05/May/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/May/13

chain and first abseil only, will complete the rest at a later date.
Will Falder - Lead O/S - 04/May/13

Hidden - Lead rpt - 01/May/13

AliceGB - 30/Apr/13 with Matthew Roper

Solo except seconded chain ... Sketchy fun!
Dizz - 28/Apr/13 with EJ, Hugh T

Hidden - 28/Apr/13

Awesome fun, gets HVS for the adjective danger I guess and bridge of death.
Stopsy - Solo - 23/Apr/13 with Caffers, Townley, Thea, Tristan

A must do, absolutely amazing!
j.townley - Solo β - 23/Apr/13 with Stops!, Tristan

Tristan101 - Solo O/S - 23/Apr/13 with James Townley, James Stops

TheaSmea - Solo - 23/Apr/13 with James

paddywalsh11 - Lead - 17/Apr/13 with Daniel Walsh, James Walsh, Dan Whitlum (Milky)

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.
dutybooty - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/13 with Dan Camm

deacondeacon - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13

a epic dangerous journey.fookin cool as
the power - AltLd O/S - 04/Apr/13 with deacon, charlie

Hidden - 16/Mar/13

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...
Binder - AltLd - 16/Mar/13 with David B, Chiz, Harri K, Toby

Lots of fun: Tunnels, ladders, chains, The Lost World and snow storms! What more could you want?
gravity - AltLd - 16/Mar/13 with Chiz Harward, Harriet Kirk, George, David

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
mcgovern - 11/Mar/13 with TommyMcG, Paul Collins, Murphy

Hidden - 11/Mar/13

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...
lewk_c - AltLd - 10/Mar/13 with Nick Lyons

Very wet day. Finished in the dark! Such a great place.
codenamel - 07/Mar/13 with Chrith

chrith85 - 2nd - 07/Mar/13

From California onwards in the dark.
Alex.M-M. - Solo O/S - 01/Mar/13 with chris ripper

A great adventure and a good tour through the quarries, would certainly do it again!
Dan Lane - 03/Feb/13 with James Hoyes, Rach Batt, Richard and Maria

Brilliant. 5hrs. aided the chain. Tad slippy on the abs but great fun for a soggy day. Bridge of death fun in the wind!
Batt - 03/Feb/13 with Mark P, Maria, Richard W, Dan, James Hoyes

Best day out of the year, wicked tour of the quarry. Benighted and finished by head torch.
jimmysdead - 02/Feb/13 with Dave Milf, Blake

In the dark for added excitement.
quiffhanger - Solo β - 02/Feb/13 with Thom, Jacob

At night this time!
jacobjacob - 02/Feb/13

philmcf - Feb/13

cymjt - Feb/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!
williap - 06/Jan/13 with adam radcliffe

great adventure
Wendy Watthews - 03/Jan/13 with david metcalf, arandall

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

really good fun, was seeing how comfy my b3s are, but they're just about useless for climbing the chain so aided it.
arandall - 03/Jan/13 with David Metcalf, Wendy Matthews

A grate day out with the misses! Good to exsplore moore of the qwarys.
Andy Peak 1 - Lead - 02/Jan/13 with H washbrook

andrew549 - 2nd - 01/Jan/13

A great adventure to start the new year.
katiep - Lead - 01/Jan/13 with Sophie, Will Fuller, Sian Gardiner

Harri777 - 2013 with David Barlow, Toby Knight, George M, Chiz

Hidden - 2013

Finished after the ladders on the salt-pan levels due to failing light.
David Walker - 2nd - 08/Dec/12 with Kelly Smith, Jacquie Martinez, Marcus Povey, Andy Martin, Chris Densham, Maria

Climbing as a group of 7, so took a while. Got halfway round and walked out.
MariaT - 2nd dnf - 08/Dec/12 with Jacquie, Andy, Kelly Smith, Marcus, Chris Densham, David Walker

Patrick Hill - 02/Dec/12

Hidden - 02/Dec/12

Nickys leap first thing and the bridge of death at the end... Big day on the slate!
jacobjacob - Sent β - 25/Nov/12

CragDog - 25/Nov/12

By cover of darkness and the light of the moon!
mcglenr25 - 23/Nov/12 with Francis Charlesworth

Slick - Lead - 18/Nov/12 with Kevin Vans-Colina, Isabel Evans

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

Climbing the chain and seeing more of the quarries was awesome. Probably won't be doing the bridge at the end again though.
Martin Bagshaw - 17/Nov/12 with Tony Walencowicz, Simon Clark, Matthew Porter, Andrew porter, Ian Pegg, Richard Apthorp

Piers Harley - AltLd - 17/Nov/12 with Simon Clark

Various - Matt Porter Lead Chain section finished over train line
ipegg - 2nd O/S - 17/Nov/12 with Tony Walentowicz, Martin Bagshaw, Richard Apthorp

mattshort - 03/Nov/12 with Matt Wallace

Hidden - Nov/12

Hidden - Solo rpt - 27/Oct/12

Hidden - Lead - 20/Oct/12

thetradlad - 14/Oct/12 with James Woodman, Tessa Baston, Harry Thorpe

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.
MaccMark - 14/Oct/12 with Tom Wild, Si Ward

Hidden - Solo - 14/Oct/12

Jay C - Lead O/S - 14/Oct/12 with LUMC, Nick E

guy757 - 13/Oct/12

Robin and Paul also on route,great fun.
jshields - Lead - 13/Oct/12 with Ed James

Marti999 - 13/Oct/12 with Debbie, Guy Buckingham, Mick Cooke

debbie roberts - 13/Oct/12 with Marti999

ianstevens - Lead - 06/Oct/12

Awesome. Led the first pitch of the chain and everything else we soloed.
Danhan - AltLd O/S - 29/Sep/12 with Andy, Nicolette, Nick

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Sep/12

samdenny - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/12 with Anna Woodman, Colin Macalindin

dale 42 - AltLd - 22/Sep/12 with b.west(hampshire)

A difficult start up the chain, a great day out albeit rather dodgy/lack of protection on the ladders
AWOODM71 - 2nd - 22/Sep/12 with Colin Macalindin, Sam Denny

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/Sep/12

williamsd79 - 14/Sep/12 with Luke Watts

David Kay - 02/Sep/12 with Ben Croft, Simon Parker

great day out and great fun
bede.west - Sep/12

Rope has been replaced on the second to last ladder.
Ben0591 - Lead - 29/Aug/12 with Pete Wanless

Hidden - Lead dnf - 25/Aug/12

lcullum7 - AltLd - 21/Aug/12 with Dave Lomax, Joe Stonham, Rich Jones

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.
Mr. K - Lead O/S - 18/Aug/12 with Adam Radcliff, Chris Mullaney

fathobbit - 2nd - 18/Aug/12 with Mr. K

Hidden - 12/Aug/12

Hidden - 22/Jul/12

Soloed everything except the chain, bridge was pretty hairy in gale force winds... Amazing locations throughout.
luke2442 - Solo O/S - 22/Jul/12

Hidden - Lead - 12/Jul/12

David Kay - Lead - 12/Jul/12 with Moritz Lessmann, Pete Dalzell

Did about a third, then escaped up into australia when the sun came out.
Chriswallis2 - Lead dnf - 05/Jul/12 with Anna

Hidden - 04/Jul/12

Hidden - 02/Jul/12

Fantastic! Rained all day, was SO enjoyable! Atleast 4 stars...
partz - 30/Jun/12 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 - AltLd dnf - 08/Jun/12 with Ed Cromwell, Henry Hakkinnen, Alex Peace

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jun/12

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
kyaizawa - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/12 with Jordan Phethean, Mike Mason, Luke Cullum

samdenny - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/12 with Colin Macalindin

lcullum7 - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/12 with Jordan Phethean, Mike Mason, Ky Aizawa

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

Burly chain climbing, such a bleak atmosphere. A really cool experience for a wet day out in Llanberris.
cbeard - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/12 with Nick Russell, Katherine Ross

Really cool tour of the quarries, if a bit sketchy in places!
Katherine Ross - 03/Jun/12 with Joe, Andrena, Steve Shenton, Nick Russell, Charlie Beard

A great tour of the quarries! A bit spicy at times - all part of the fun. Take your camera for death bridge
Nick Russell - 03/Jun/12 with Katherine, Charlie Beard

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!!
UnkArl - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/12 with Stef, Karyn, Ralph, Debbie

Debs - AltLd - 03/Jun/12 with Karl

Samuel Wainwright - Solo O/S - 27/May/12

greengrasss - 26/May/12

Hanging railway felt solid, looked terrifying.
ad111 - Lead O/S - 06/May/12

Hidden - AltLd - 28/Apr/12

Joe.Elliott1 - 22/Apr/12

Perfect wet weather alternative
p_won - 22/Apr/12 with Joe eliot, Rob Ceasar, ric eliot

Hidden - 17/Apr/12

yarrow - AltLd O/S - 14/Apr/12 with Ian P, Phil P

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.
Monkey_Alan - 06/Apr/12 with Lawrence Dudley, Max Streeton

Last Days of Disco - 2nd dog - 06/Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/12

Brilliant adventure!
mcglenr25 - 21/Mar/12 with Francis Charlesworth

Seconded chain, lead death bridge. Great fun
thetradlad - 17/Mar/12 with Ian Parkhouse, Phil Wilkinson, Harry Thorpe

Pitched the snake and the death bridge. Great fun, the lost world and mordor are amazing places!
Harry Thorpe - AltLd O/S - 17/Mar/12 with Ian Parkhouse, Phil Wilkinson, Jake Lodge

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Mar/12

WOW what an unusual day out that was!
wilkie14c - AltLd - 09/Mar/12 with Dave Clarke

Ross.Cooper - AltLd O/S - 06/Mar/12 with Phil Wilkinson

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.
Graeme Hammond - 03/Mar/12 with Darren McMaster, Greg Slee, LSMC members, Phil Baxter

Awesome wet(ish) day out. Seconded the chain (aided) and lead the death bridge at the end.
shed_hed - 03/Mar/12 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

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:
67hours - Lead O/S - 26/Feb/12 with Steeeeeve, Eleri, Clay

Hidden - 26/Feb/12

Clay C - AltLd O/S - 26/Feb/12 with Steve C, Eleri, George

Most excellent Welsh Via Ferrata meets Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with steroids...
BALD EAGLE - AltLd - 18/Feb/12 with David Qualtough, David Martinez Majo

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Feb/12

A proper adventure on a very rainy day. May have vomited once or twice.
Sam Cooke - 04/Feb/12 with George, Chris, Hal, Nick

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Jan/12

Danny Crump - Solo - 21/Jan/12 with Andrew Porter, Michael Porter

LittleMike - 2nd - 2012

HAJ Francis - 2012

roberts1234567890 - 27/Nov/11 with andy griffiths, giles cranston, tom trout, James Hoar, Simon Van Dam

SimonvanDam - Lead - 26/Nov/11 with Matt Roberts

roberts1234567890 - 26/Nov/11 with andy griffiths, giles cranston, tom trout, James Hoar, Simon Van Dam

Tom Hecht - 21/Nov/11 with Lotte Stuer, Will Oates

Hidden - 16/Nov/11

Hidden - Lead dnf - 29/Oct/11

Mostly done in the dark, really brings the history of the quarries to life!
Jay C - Solo O/S - 15/Oct/11 with Nathan M, Mark C, Nick E

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/11

Mattlamb90 - Lead rpt - 08/Oct/11 with Tibbett, cyril betemps, Luke

Hidden - 08/Oct/11

Compete route done
jcook1980 - 02/Oct/11 with Leo

leohl - 02/Oct/11 with Jonathon Cook

charlietorrance - Oct/11

Awesome! Avoided bridge. Night ascent for extra thrill!
namagnall - Oct/11

Yong_Welsh - Solo β - 20/Sep/11

Did the death bridge at the end aswell, very good. beautiful day
jason reeve - Solo - 20/Sep/11 with iwan

just did the first half (stopped after the 4 sets of ladders) - the pouring rain added to the atmosphere
Steven Andrews - AltLd - 18/Sep/11

lukehunt - 17/Sep/11 with Vikki

maybe_si - Lead O/S - 11/Sep/11

Hidden - Solo - 10/Sep/11

Absolutely amazing! best bits = the lost World. the great ladder of mordor!!!
willoates - 05/Sep/11 with Steve

Jessie Rushbrooke - 03/Sep/11

Will Caesar - Solo - Sep/11 with Rob Caesar

jamestaylor92 - AltLd O/S - Sep/11 with mike wilson, james slater

Adam Lincoln - 29/Aug/11 with Meg

Amazing wet day out, well worth it, and seems one of those things that not many people will do. Random sums it up!!!!
robman - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/11

Steff007 - 29/Aug/11

A really fun day had by all, despite the showers. The Lost World and Mordor are incredible!
Cardi - 28/Aug/11 with Laura, Nikki

a rainy day alternative, just as good as usual, did the entire route in about 4hrs; chain and bridge of death included.
rustaldo - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/11 with Kit Perry

Hidden - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/11

Mattlamb90 - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/11 with Tibbett, Luke

Hidden - Lead - 14/Aug/11

My 50th birthday treat. Aided the chain. Great fun!
Pete_Frost - AltLd β - 27/Jul/11 with Ray Andrews

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.
rustaldo - Lead rpt - 23/Jul/11 with Tom

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.
gingerwolf - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/11 with Glenn

Hidden - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11

Great Fun. Wonder how long it will all be patent, some of the chains and ladders starting to look a wee bit corroded.
nadeem - 30/May/11 with DLE

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

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.
melonmike - Lead rpt - 13/May/11 with liam brown, Sarah R

SKETCHY EVERYTHING! Slate falling, ladders creaking and death bridge was a no go for me! Good fun though!
Bumblebee Biggs - 11/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..
rustaldo - 07/May/11 with Tom

An excellent adventure. Some very dodgy ladders. Exploring the lost world is worth the trek in itself
david morse - AltLd - 26/Apr/11 with helen, josh

Hidden - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/11

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
Ewan Russell - Solo O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Steve Sharland, Ben Finley, Connor

Hidden - Solo - 19/Apr/11

Hidden - Apr/11

theking696 - 2011

barni - 2011

Epic fun with rope chopping blocks (Sorry Aly!) and a starlight escape from Mordor. Well worth doing.
jkarran - 21/Nov/10 with Team

Hidden - 20/Nov/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Nov/10

Hidden - 2nd - Nov/10

Hidden - 22/Oct/10

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/Oct/10

Hidden - Oct/10

sam820 - 05/Sep/10 with Matt, Matt Roper

A team adventure. Well worth doing, really enjoyable.
melonmike - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/10 with Matt Roper, Jack Metcalfe

Hidden - Lead O/S - 26/Aug/10

EPIC! but needed to find a better route description, easy to get lost!
Tightsgirl - 2nd - 12/Aug/10 with Rachael Thompson, Ed Feldman, Tue Gonzo, Jonathan Bunch, Ella Vogel

Homes - 30/Jul/10 with Dan W, Jonny C

Only did part of the route
jcook1980 - AltLd - 30/Jul/10 with Dan Walker, Luke Holmes

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!
brew_guru - 26/Jul/10 with super gav

A giggle that had us doing only the chain /tunnel in the rain in big boots and having to aid climb.
Cacyn - 2nd O/S - 13/Jul/10 with climbfan, Gayle Davis, Martin Holland, John Jackson

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Jul/10

Didn't finish - need to go back to finish with the abseils down into the Lost World and then to Mordor etc.
groovy_nut - 05/Jun/10 with Matt K

A good adventure
Ian Archer - Lead O/S - 01/May/10 with Richard Holland

dan-8990 - Solo O/S - 17/Apr/10

Nathanael-Mc - Lead - 17/Apr/10 with Heather, Alex Ore, Dan Commander

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....
smallerrich - AltLd O/S - 07/Mar/10 with James

Silly fun...
farmus21 - Solo - 07/Mar/10 with Rich Cannell

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!
HeatherF - 16/Dec/09 with Tom Parker

mattish2000 - 05/Dec/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!
vincentvega - 27/Nov/09 with danny robb

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!
Tomprusk - 15/Nov/09 with Nick

Nick Nitro - Lead O/S - 15/Nov/09 with Tom Parker

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
Tomprusk - 05/Nov/09 with Heather

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
HeatherF - 05/Nov/09 with Tom Parker

Cool experience, account and description on my blog:
Glyn - Lead O/S - 01/Oct/09 with Amy, Trystan

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!
adam06 - 2009 with olli, chris carr, Sarah Lewington, mike weaver, pete kopp

Hidden - 2000

nige - 1990

Didn't know it was a "climb" Following Mike and Hamish when they did the cable
Jelly Mould Surfer - 1988

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