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Horned Crag Route** VD

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[Snowdon Summit from Lliwedd, 1 kb]One of the first routes climbed on the cliff, and a real mountaineering adventure. Start on the far left of Heather Shelf. 1) 20m. Climb up blocky terrain and traverse leftwards to belay beneath the big corner. 2) 27m. Climb the corner until it is possible to step left onto the prow. Follow this to a vegetated ledge. 3) 30m. Climb the broader rib above to another, larger heather-ledge. 4) 30m. Climb the wall to reach the vague chimney on its right-hand side. Ascend this, and follow a quartz band rightwards to a ledge. 5) 23m. Scramble up to belay on the left end of the grassy ledge, beneath the Horns. 6) 20m. The groove above leads to another, steeper groove. Climb this until a move rightwards leads to the base of the slab below the horns. 7) 8m. Climb the slab. From here 100m of exposed scrambling leads to the summit. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, North Wales 100 Classic Climbs.

Photo: Snowdon Summit from Lliwedd © mike_tibbits
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This climb is in 135 logbooks, and on 27 wishlists.

Started in the rain but after it stopped and the rock started to get drier it Made for An epic day well worth doing!
HumphreyJ20 - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Ross Millar, Paul

khumbu-Kid - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with jay, Valentino

Valentino - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/14 with Jay, Paul

Echna - AltLd O/S - 21/Aug/14 with Dalinda, Rich

Scuzlebut - AltLd O/S - 20/Aug/14 with Callum, Dalinda, Gregor, Andy

j4kub - Lead O/S - 07/Aug/14 with claire gibson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Jul/14

Route finding was a bit epic as everything on the crag appears to match the description. Climbed a close approximation though.
Alasdair88 - Solo O/S - 25/Jul/14

"Interesting" route finding, particularly on the first pitch. Nowhere harder than V.Diff, if the correct route is found, but I would not like to be a V.Diff leader on this route!
Mark Kemball - Lead - 17/Jul/14 with Bill Kemball

Epic in big boots and rain
nation1 - AltLd - 13/Jul/14 with Mo Walker

In big boots in the wet, needed combined tactics to get up the polished slab! A superb day out.
MoWalker3 - AltLd - 13/Jul/14 with Ross

Started raining as we geared up. Greasy, grassy and few quality moves. Topping out was the best bit.
Babika - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/14 with jamie skinner

timmyhobby - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/14

Moved together for alpine training. 2hrs to do the route and what a route it is! great exposure and great views. finished off the day by finishing the Snowdon horse shoe.
JamesWilliams - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/14 with Dan Hale

Moved together for 90% of the route. Took 2 hours. Pitched two 5m sections due to the lack of grip offered by my fell shoes. Would've been better in big boots! Contrary to what people say about Lliwedd the rock quality was generally very good with great gear. Worth at least 2 stars, probably the best adventurous climb I've done in the UK.
Dan724 - AltLd β - 03/Jun/14 with James Williams

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/May/14

rbharries - AltLd O/S - 16/May/14 with Danger olly, neils EW

One of the best mountain crags in the UK - and the quietest. Led all pitches in rock shoes. 5 hrs. Great route. V tricky below the horns.
stratandrew - Lead O/S - 04/May/14 with Emily Pitts

Moved together
Joe Innes - AltLd - 20/Apr/14 with James Dexter

Hidden - Lead - 19/Apr/14

7 hrs, rained on during last described pitch, slab running with water
jez_palmer - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/14

Big boots Led P1,4,5,7
tedburt - AltLd O/S - 07/Dec/13 with Aaron Burdett

morgan91 - AltLd - 10/Nov/13 with Bradleywhite

Matthew Robinson - Solo - 01/Sep/13

Led pitches 3 and 5/6 joined. Quite hard for VD especially the tricky step!
Katex - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with Chloe, Simon Edwards

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 17/Jul/13

Great day out on a beautiful day. Well worth the walk in.
bsparky - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/13 with Ralph Ranford

OllieF - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/13

Great sunny day! hand glider in speaking distance!(hello) Sea king buzzing near us.
DOVEY - Lead - 05/Jun/13 with jack & oilly

JamesLloyd - Solo O/S - Jun/13

tim20 - 2013

Hidden - Lead - 2013

antonymcphillips - AltLd O/S - 16/Dec/12

Big boots. Very wet!
ollyroberts - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/12 with Ben

Desi Gillespie - 2nd - 23/May/12 with Chris Goldsmith

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

jasoncash - AltLd O/S - 21/Jan/12 with Andy Cash

andycash - AltLd O/S - 06/Jan/12 with jason cash

Callum Anderson - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 15/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd - 20/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 06/Aug/11

jossjones - Lead O/S - Aug/11

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

Led pitches 3, 5, first half of 6, the polished slab pitch and 40m of the scrambling.
mrchewy - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/11

fizzychewitt - Lead - 03/Jul/11 with Dale

MarekM - AltLd - Jul/11

ian d f - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11 with Michael P

Hidden - Lead O/S - 04/Jun/11

mheyes101 - 2nd - 04/Jun/11 with tedalaki

Started raining as we put on our climbing shoes and helmets. After five or six pitches got a bit stuck. Couldn't safely ab down so finished climbing stream in gully on left. Started before noon, finished 8pm. Very cold, hail, gales. Numb fingers and feet. Apparently good intro to mountaineering !
risby - 2nd O/S - 14/May/11 with Steve Wales

Led climbing pitches then alternated the scambling (in the dark). Topped out around 7.30. Very wet after heavy rain.
jaimer - Lead O/S - 19/Feb/11 with Phil

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - 2011

pearson9596 - 2nd O/S - 2011

last few pitches in the dark, was amazing.
Steeve - AltLd O/S - 20/Nov/10 with will

in the dark and mist, good fun, although the last pitch was very hard for Vdiff I thought.
willoates - AltLd - 20/Nov/10 with Steve

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 13/Nov/10

Tarquin - Lead - 26/Sep/10 with Liz

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Sep/10

Led the odd pitches, but we got lost around P4 and just took a direct line tto the summit
Nigel R Lewis - AltLd - 25/Sep/10 with Sylvia Noorbhai

took us 6 hours, climbing with Gav and Furtemba ( on another rope). Heavy showers, very greasy, rock fall. Good adventure!
Philippa Arding - Lead - 09/Sep/10 with Finso Sherpa

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/10

Pitches 1,3,6.
chriswitts1 - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/10 with Rich Hopkins

stevepotter - Solo - 20/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd - 25/May/10

Good mountaineering day. Moved together for most of it, pitched a couple of the more cheeky pitches. Walked up to the summit of Snowdon and back down the PYG track.
Gezzer - AltLd - 24/Apr/10 with Nick Ellaway

Went off route, got lost, hit by rockfall had to ab out 3/4 way up. Nightmare.
dannymoo99 - AltLd dnf - 17/Apr/10 with Tom Shooter

tobydunford - Solo O/S - 16/Apr/10

alancash100 - AltLd - 2010

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2010

led second pitch, got a bit lost up a gulley ( old peg ) and had to tracvers out back onto route
tiga271 - AltLd - 08/Aug/09 with mark20

simozzer - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Matt

We went off route (VS variation up gully past rusty peg?) and I had trainers on. The rest is lovely though
mark20 - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/09

rocklobster - AltLd - 08/Aug/09 with Simon

made a bit of hash of the start being lurred into retrieving gear left behind went off route and wasted some time - and as for that crux pitch! surprised me a bit - but you know how v diff's go
bob johnson - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Bram

Poured it down all day, horrendous. Don't think for one meter we were actually on the correct route!
Shad - Lead - 28/Jul/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/Jun/09

Nice and easy, forgot guidebook but took roughly right route.
Ewan Russell - AltLd O/S - 26/May/09 with Fraser

Brilliant long route on a perfect day. Started at 8:00am, finished at 5:00pm. Perfect. First route of this length. Last 2/300 ft of scrambling may be lets the line down. But generally a great day out.
climbingrev - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/09 with Josh Jones

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/08

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Jul/08

thompson1000 - AltLd - 27/Jul/08 with tom

This is a route of real quality and a far better experience than anything found on the East Face of Tryfan. All the pitches are interesting and link without any scrambling sections in between, far better than Grooved Arete any day.
mikelaing - Lead - May/08 with Luke

it was a really long but easy climb.
nicole almond - 2nd - May/08 with Dad

M
petekeron - AltLd O/S - May/08 with Jonathan Burgess

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - Feb/08 with Lee Bonner

Hidden - 2008

Meg Jones - AltLd - 07/Oct/07 with Tim Griffin and James Coles

jscoles - AltLd O/S - Oct/07 with Tim Griffin

Wet and slimy. Off route at end, climbed a final pitch with one point of aid - Don't think it was the correct way to reach the 'polished slab'. Scrambling at top was fairly unpleasant and loose
edmitchell - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/07 with kai ren

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 01/Sep/07

Glyn - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/07

davefount - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/07 with Glyn Hudson

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/07

Hidden - 2nd - 19/Jul/07

John HW - AltLd O/S - 22/May/07 with Rhys HW, Cath

Hidden - AltLd - 22/May/07

Moved together
Tom Stoddart - 07/Apr/07 with Iain Leverett

fran04 - AltLd - 2007

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 28/Dec/06

Phil Jennings - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/06 with James Brown

mike kann - Lead O/S - 2006 with Miles Grout

fifth - 2005

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 06/May/04

Hidden - Jul/03

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Jun/03

Retreated after 4 pitches due to bad weather.
Will Gordon - Lead dnf - Jun/03 with Owen Peat

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Apr/03

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Jul/02

Cracking sunny day. A good standard early morning Rob Beadnel 11.30 start. Had to leggit for the last couple of pitches of midges.
mikehenesy - AltLd O/S - Jun/02 with Rob Beadnel

Hidden - Jun/01

snowcat - 2nd - 10/Jun/99 with Janet Korsak, Colin Watts

rare occassion warm and sunny climed in tee shirts
sixties - AltLd - 25/May/99 with hrd

Hidden - May/99

Followed by Graham & Julia, cracked the wine open halfway up
babymoac - Lead - 17/Aug/96 with Liz

puddingstone - 2nd - 17/Aug/96 with Andy

IainRUK - AltLd - Aug/96

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Jun/96

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 09/Jun/96

brady - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/96 with Graham Jones

Hidden - AltLd - 11/Nov/90

tlr - Solo - 30/May/90

Hidden - AltLd - 1990

nigehughes - AltLd - Jul/89 with Mark Jones

Ian Archer - Lead O/S - 28/May/89 with MWP, Neil Watson

Rained off first attempt. On return Richard led most of route. Nasty big cliff.
andy@ark - AltLd - Aug/88 with Richard Law (WMC)

mikej - Lead - 10/Jul/83 with S

Hammy - AltLd - 11/Jun/76 with Jonathon Stacey

Falko - AltLd O/S - 18/Oct/75 with Al W.

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Style of ascent

Soloed6 of 135 (4.4%)
Lead25 of 135 (18.5%)
Followed12 of 135 (8.9%)
Alt Leads81 of 135 (60.0%)
Unknown11 of 135 (8.1%)

'Climbed'61 of 135 (45.2%)
clean O/S68 of 135 (50.4%)
clean β1 of 135 (0.7%)
clean rpt1 of 135 (0.7%)
dnf4 of 135 (3.0%)