Rockfax Description
A super route which is well worth the effort required to get to the start. Follow Javelin Buttress to the thread, and spare a moment to remember that this was the last runner on the first ascent! Move left towards the arete and climb the shallow groove of 'the blade' to a mediocre wire or two. From here reach out right and tetter onto the arete of the blade - bold and precarious. Easy ground leads to the top. © Rockfax

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, UK Lonely Leads, Ultimate E1 ticklist, Alex's Wales ticklist, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist, AMC Uni Ticklist.

Alan James - UKC and UKH 27/Sep Lead
SAF 08/Aug 2nd O/S
with Phil
Hidden 08/Aug Lead O/S
theotherpetehill 07/Aug Lead O/S
chrisallan 07/Aug 2nd O/S
smallerrich 07/Aug AltLd O/S

Was pretty awesome

with Swain16
JDSwain 07/Aug 2nd O/S
with Rich Cannel
Hidden 25/Jul 2nd O/S
Ian Jones 23/Jul 2nd rpt

The crux for the short guy is, er, reaching the crux.

with Dan Moore (DCD)
Hidden 23/Jul Lead
pie_eater_pete 30/Jun AltLd
kyaizawa 09/Jun Lead O/S

Bold feeling and the wire at the crux didn't inspire too much confidence. Possibly traversed across the slab too early, thereby missing the thread runner...

Emma Reynolds 09/Jun 2nd O/S

Scary airy move! Ky got a bit lost...

Scooter Young ??/2015 Lead
Craigyboy13 12/Sep/14 2nd O/S

glad to second this one. but its a one move climb. if you can hold your nerve you'll find it straight forward. if all you can think about is that your thread is 5m below you then don't bother :)

wi11 05/Sep/14 2nd O/S
with Tom G, Tamsin
Hidden 28/Jul/14 Lead
Ewan Russell 23/Jul/14 Lead O/S
with Halla
Dave Musgrove 24/Jun/14 Lead O/S

Brilliant pitch. One of the boldest E1s I've ever done. Great respect for Sir Jack.

with Bob Larkin
Hidden 01/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/May/14 Lead O/S
RosePearson 18/May/14 Lead O/S
Bob ??/2014 -
Nick Biven ??/2014 -
pasbury ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
mike mo ??/2014 -
Hidden ??/2014 -
ianstevens 29/Sep/13 2nd O/S
with Sam Wainwright
Samuel Wainwright 29/Sep/13 Lead O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/13 Lead
JamesWilliams 19/Jul/13 Lead O/S

Totally amazing ! what an awesome route to finish a 3 days in Snowdonia let alone Idwel slabs. Delicate and bold one of those routes you just have to commit to! cracking lead for the 30's

with chris hayes
rd20 13/Jul/13 2nd O/S
with Hilary CC
NickJH 07/Jul/13 Lead dnf
with LiamG
Coel Hellier 11/Aug/12 Lead
with Pat
simonp ?/May/12 Lead O/S
with Annelies Sarrazyn
Daymo 15/Oct/11 Lead dnf
Hidden 30/Sep/11 2nd O/S
Phil_Hall_97 30/Sep/11 2nd
with Alice Du Preeze, Dave Evans
Hidden ?/Aug/11 Lead
Ian Jones 22/Jul/11 Lead O/S

5c. An amazing lead for 1930. At least E3 without a wee nut in the groove!

with Roger Benton
Hidden 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
david morse 10/Apr/11 Lead O/S
with lole
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
ollieben ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
PAJames ??/2011 -
Seymore Butt ??/2011 -
mwatson ??/2011 -
ollieben 25/Oct/10 2nd

amazing and pretty scary move with totally numb hands

Hidden 01/Sep/10 2nd O/S
barni 16/Aug/10 Lead O/S
Renegade_Pony 16/Aug/10 2nd
with barni
Owain Llewelyn 29/Jun/10 Lead
with Steve
Sam W 19/Jun/10 Lead
with Carissa
shaun walby 23/Apr/10 2nd O/S
with stuart Holmes
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
Nicos 16/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 09/Aug/09 2nd O/S
mynyddresident ?/Jul/09 Lead
Tobes ?/Jul/09 Lead O/S
with Rach
gregoldridge 28/Jun/09 2nd
with Nick Sharp
vanderz 12/Apr/09 AltLd
with Steve Fletcher
adamscottthomas 10/Aug/08 Lead O/S

great climb. delicate and committing.

tumbling wizard ?/Jun/08 -
Hidden 31/May/08 2nd rpt
chris wyatt 25/May/08 Lead O/S

'found very hard

jelaby 24/May/08 2nd β
with Nick Shuttleworth
HughM ?/May/08 Lead O/S
with notgnarly
Matt Vigg ??/2008 -
Hidden ?/Sep/07 2nd
Hidden ?/Sep/07 Lead
AngelaC 06/Jun/06 2nd
with Rob
IOAN D 28/May/06 Lead O/S
with rob
stuart100 28/Apr/06 Lead rpt
with Gary Stoker
Ian McNeill ??/2006 -
Adam Booth 16/Oct/05 2nd O/S
Ed Booth 16/Oct/05 Lead
bigie bob ?/Jul/05 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Aug/03 2nd
akhughes ?/Apr/02 AltLd
bullybones ??/2002 -
Bug ??/2001 2nd
alan moore ??/2001 -

Magic bit of Idwal history. Grey evening link up with East Wall Girdle. An eye opening excursion onto unpolished Ogwen Rock.

Ed Booth ??/2000 Lead O/S
iskra2000 01/Aug/99 2nd
with Matt Kingsley
Hidden 01/Aug/99 Lead O/S
iskra2000 14/Jun/96 2nd
with Duncan Hornby
Jon Read ?/Jun/96 -
with Glyn Stanworth & Dave Hollingham
michael burrows 19/Aug/95 Lead O/S
with pete bailey
AlanLittle ?/Aug/95 Lead

Found this not an easy E1 by any means. Respect, Sir Jack.

Nigel R Lewis 21/Jul/95 2nd
with Gary Lewis
Ched ??/1995 Lead O/S
with Glanfor
Hidden 09/Jul/94 Lead
Hidden 17/Aug/93 2nd
Rob Davies 01/Jun/93 Lead dnf

Another retreat to finish up Javelin Buttress

Andy Say 12/Jun/92 Lead O/S
pingora 27/May/92 Lead O/S
with A Blair
auld al ?/May/92 AltLd O/S
prcleary ??/1991 -

Approx date

mark-abz 23/Jun/90 Lead
with Charlie G
Nick Rundall ??/1990 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/1990 Lead
michael burrows 16/Jul/89 2nd
with steve ward
Hidden 03/Aug/87 Lead
Sean Kelly ?/Aug/87 Lead

A very good runner about 40ft below the crux!

with Alan Payne
charlesmfrench 25/May/87 2nd O/S
with Pog
uphillnow ?/May/87 Lead

cant recall party but Barry Clark and Martha did it behind us

Mike Owen 28/Jun/86 Lead O/S
with Alan ?, Richard ?
Hidden 29/Aug/85 Lead
nigehughes ?/Aug/84 2nd
with Ian Cameron
Rob Davies 19/Jul/83 Lead dnf

Another retreat to finish up Javelin Buttress

with Angus McLean
Mark Kemball 12/Jul/82 Lead
with Dave Abbey
Nigel Bond 16/May/82 AltLd
with Charlie Leverton
Paula Hamilton-Gibson ??/1982 Lead
with Andy Heald
robinsi197 ??/1980 -
with Barbara
Hidden ??/1980 -
Rob Davies 24/Jul/77 Lead dnf

Backed off this - did groove but couldn't make teetering long reach - finished up Javelin Buttress

mikej 07/Sep/75 TR
with Mike Byles
Tom V ??/1972 -
Hidden 01/Jul/69 -
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