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Pinnacle Ridge*** VD

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[View of Pinnacle Ridge, Craig Braich Ty Du, from the road, 2 kb]98m, 4 pitches. A fun outing that lies close to the A5 and catches sun for much of the day. The first pitch sports lovely rock and the final traverse negotiates some interesting gendarmes not unlike an alpine ridge. Start at the base of the ridge close to the letters PR scratched in the rock 1) 40m. Follow the right hand of the two ribs on wonderful clean rock to a steep blocky section that leads to a heathery terrace 2) 15m. Follow easier ground to gain a good spike belay on a ledge 3) 22m. Traverse right and climb the ridge to another ledge 4) 20m. Follow the crested ridge to gain easy ground. © ROCKFAX
A four pitch climb with easy access from the road and fun and interesting moves. 1) 30m. Start on a slabby rib which has PR scratched onto it, about 50m? up from the road. Delicate start on small holds. Some tricky moves if in boots. Awkward move into a groove formed on the side of a large block to a possible belay (good, we used it). Or continue more or less straight up and belay on a ledge with spike belays. (This might be the same thing - guidebook is a little confusing) 2) 22m. Continue up a groove for 10m to a heather terrace. Scramble up to reach a sloping heathery ledge with spike belay. 3) 23m. Traverse up and right over heather and rock to just below the continuing ridgeline. (Possible belay if rope drag is a problem.) Good holds lead up to the ridge and a ledge with spike belay. 4) 23m. Climb up to a small ledge below the first pinnacle. (The grade 2 scramble enters from the right about here.) Climb the 3m wall using big flaky holds to end up at the base of the first pinnacle. Climb up and over the pinnacles. (Getting down the first pinnacle's other side is tricky for the short. Can avoid it easily, but it is fun!) After the second big slender pinnacle, climb up a rocky step to a heathery grassy shoulder. Looked for the loose block previously mentioned on pitch 2. Could not see it presume someone has removed it. Good 1st pitch, great atmospheric 4th pitch!

Ticklists: North Wales Rock Graded List, Snowdonia - long routes and classic climbs.

Photo: View of Pinnacle Ridge, Craig Braich Ty Du, from the road © col3
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This climb is in 207 logbooks, and on 34 wishlists.

big boots - missed p1
tomdadom - AltLd O/S - 18/Feb/14 with Rhys

BradleyWhite - Lead - 09/Nov/13

morgan91 - AltLd - 09/Nov/13

cwildblood - Lead O/S - 27/Aug/13

If you follow the topo in the North Wales Rock guidebook then the first 10m of pitch 1 is challenging. The rest is a nice V Diff with the pinnacles at the top being good fun. The rock is good with good friction.
Ian_Whitfield - AltLd - 26/Aug/13 with Whitty2012

Went up the direct groove on the first pitch, VS? the rest was a saunter but nice over the pinnacles.
Zoomer - Lead O/S - 16/Jul/13 with A Student

Hidden - Lead - 17/Jun/13

Climbed it in 3 pitches. I led 1 and 3 (the best ones!)
peterhubbard - Lead - 16/Jun/13 with Neil Stutchbury

Claudina led pitches 1 and 3, I led pitches 2 (scramble) and 4 (pinnacles).
Half Pint Lizz - AltLd O/S - 26/May/13 with Claudina

Hidden - Lead O/S - 15/May/13

Rafal Malczyk - AltLd - 06/May/13 with Efe Tunc

In walking boots. Tricky step off the pinnacle - worse for the seconds. Nice route to avoid the crowds on a bank holiday weekend.
Monkey_Alan - Lead O/S - 04/May/13 with Marta, Anne-Marie Shepherd

Mr Christian - AltLd O/S - Apr/13 with chris p duck

crouse took the crux, big boots no chalk
chris p duck - AltLd O/S - Apr/13 with Mr Christian

Led the first pitch. Other three pitches weren't good.
AndyMcCoy - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/13 with Jamie, Sue

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 09/Mar/13

Big boots and windy. Ommitted P1, a bit too damp. Soloing the tops was exciting, hunkering down during big gusts, lol then hanging on to the top rail with the rest of your body flapping like washing on a line :-)
Mayaculpa - Solo - 27/Jan/13 with Jason

A cheeky little number, marred by a bit of gorse. A good place to practice not falling off as it was the girlfriends second climb. If only it was all like the first pitch. Loved the comedy moments on the first pinnacle where you teeter, wobble, scuttle then walk back round the path to you r second.
LP - Lead O/S - 2013

Hidden - Lead - 2013

Hidden - 24/Oct/12

JonClark - Lead - Sep/12

Huw Mithan - AltLd - 24/Aug/12 with David Webster, Emma Johnson

first pitch hard for V diff, rest is a scramble which makes up for it.
Webster - AltLd - 24/Aug/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 29/Jul/12

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Jul/12

AielSavage - Lead - Jul/12

Tarquin - 2nd - 20/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd - 27/May/12

Only last pich over the pinnacles, heavy snow just before starting. Ąpproched via scrambling route.
gseywald - Solo - 15/Apr/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 15/Apr/12

mheyes101 - AltLd - 15/Apr/12 with tedalaki

alex thackway - AltLd O/S - 12/Apr/12 with Pete B

Good for pitches one and three (two is mainly heather bashing).
abercolin - AltLd O/S - 10/Mar/12 with Hayley Riggs

kat-lyle - AltLd - 26/Feb/12 with fred

Fred_Richard - AltLd - 26/Feb/12 with Kat

Greg M - AltLd - 26/Feb/12 with Pete H

in boots, Lead first pitch( very hard for grade)-belayed early by accident-Rhian lead the rest of first and second across alot of heather- I lead abit more heather till rope drag stopped play. Rhian lead the first pinnacle( very scary to second, plase low down sling for down climbing pinicle then flicked of), again rope drag stopped her- I lead the second pinnacle and finished.
Paul1 - AltLd - 28/Jan/12 with Rhian littlewood, Nicole

Excellent route, very alpine! Walk-up was quite dodgy, very loose and slippy - went straight up from road. Did in B2 boots. The first pitch is REALLY hard in boots! There are very few foot holds and hand holds are far apart, so as a short person I struggled! A lot of moves you just have to go for and hope. Paul pitched early behind a massive balanced block - good belay, better than if he'd belayed later I think. Fourth was back to rock! Lots of giant holds, lovely! Then the first pinnacle... terrifying. Second pinnacle had surprising lack of footholds but I just put my elbows round the top so my arms weren't doing too much work and shuffled. Scary! Amazing route though!
col3 - 2nd O/S - 28/Jan/12 with Rhian, Paul

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

petecox84 - 2012

adam06 - AltLd - 2012 with dan sturman

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

Hidden - 2nd - 27/Sep/11

timcedwards - 2nd - 23/Sep/11 with Bill Thurston

Wolfy1987 NEWMC - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11

Led 1st and 3rd pitch.
Smithy Smith - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/11 with Chris Wolf

atyson1 - Lead - 14/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 10/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Jul/11

LauraChilterns - 2nd β - 09/Jul/11 with Dominic Turner

owain86 - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11 with Lisa-Marie

Hard first pitch, easier after that.
Lisa-Marie - 03/Jul/11 with Owain

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 18/Jun/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 18/Jun/11

Ian JL - AltLd O/S - 30/Apr/11 with Beth Frampton

As 3 pitches, with a bit extra round some chossy outcrops to the top, good fun, short route!1,3
jack89 - AltLd O/S - 27/Apr/11 with gaz_jones

Making best use of the weather window in impending clag. Led P1, P3+P4. Slightly spoiled by the gorsewhacking and the escapability of it all, but all good clean fun. Best approach is to walk along the A5 until the ridge is visible above, via a ten-minute slog.
Richard Alderton - AltLd - 26/Apr/11 with Ellie

EllieWoods - AltLd - 26/Apr/11 with Rich

Lead pitches 2 & 3 as single pitch
Andy White - AltLd O/S - 25/Apr/11 with Kevin Evans

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Apr/11

Pitches 1 and 3
spooksthehorse - AltLd - 21/Apr/11 with Joe

Hidden - AltLd - 10/Apr/11

Late in the afternoon - sunny all day at Ogwen but raining at Tremadog - big mistake to go down there first.
Chris M Thomas - AltLd - 20/Mar/11 with Dan Geh

Dan Geh - AltLd O/S - 20/Mar/11 with chris thomas

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 05/Mar/11

Roped up on the tricky sections.
EliotStephens - Solo O/S - 30/Jan/11

Wolfy1987 NEWMC - 2nd - 06/Jan/11

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

In boots in wet, so some slight variations were made....
partz - Solo O/S - 30/Dec/10 with Tom Dudley, Jamie Greig

tdudley - Solo - 30/Dec/10 with Matt Everett

chris687 - AltLd O/S - Oct/10 with Gareth Steel

awesome fun, the rock has awesome texture and grip. Middle two pitches are just an easy scramble? Anyway... ended up ending first pitch half way up third pitch(?) next to a massive spike which i thought was end of second pitch. Pinnacles were good fun, would do again :)
pffft - Lead O/S - 12/Sep/10 with Sophie Clarke, Laura Hibberd

Caralynh - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/10 with Jez Hadall

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 11/Sep/10

Hidden - Solo O/S - 10/Aug/10

Led the gorsey pitch - now fully understand the term 'spike belay' and the pinnacles. Excellent climb
electriclinz - AltLd O/S - 23/Jul/10 with Robert

Hidden - Lead rpt - 19/Jul/10

MCL - Lead - 03/Jul/10 with Steph

Lawrence Eccles - Solo O/S - 11/Jun/10

Hidden - AltLd - 29/May/10

petzl - Lead - 29/May/10 with Ben Ormerod

Hidden - Lead rpt - 19/May/10

Route abandoned after 2 pitches - very dull and more of a vegetated scramble than a climb! Finding the rock beneath the heather was more challenging than the climbing!
Lawrence Bird - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with Yogi Bear

Martyn - 2nd rpt - 09/May/10 with Mark Albutt

Andy37 - AltLd - 03/May/10

Climbed with Andy Debrou
andrzej kierzek - AltLd O/S - 03/May/10

simozzer - Lead - May/10 with Cass

Somewhat short and overgrown. More of a scramble then an actual climb
Noodles - 20/Apr/10 with Ben Cook

Hidden - AltLd - 20/Apr/10

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Apr/10

Hidden - Lead rpt - 13/Mar/10

Gerallt Owain - AltLd O/S - 04/Mar/10 with Steve Chapman

stevechaps1 - AltLd - 04/Mar/10 with Gerallt Owain

Hidden - Lead rpt - 17/Jan/10

Simon Preuss - AltLd - 2010

Renegade_Pony - 2nd - 20/Oct/09 with barni

barni - AltLd - 19/Oct/09 with Justin Hughes, Jack

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead - 24/Sep/09

Great atmospheric feel to the route in general, short but hard walk in.
Martyn - AltLd - 19/Sep/09 with Ryan Simpson

cbeard - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/09 with Jonny Hawkins

mick1jones - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/09

jonnyhawkins1 - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/09 with charlie beard

adi bryant - Lead - 27/Aug/09 with Lee

first pitch is HVD after that its just scrambling. Pinnacles are cool but sadly very avoidable.
Glyn - Lead O/S - 27/Jul/09 with Clive Hudson (father)

Nice top pitch.
Whatlarks - Lead O/S - 18/Jul/09 with Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies - 2nd - 18/Jul/09 with Paul Turner

climb abandoned after first pitch. no_more_scotch_eggs in climbing pair above. Large TV sized block loose on mid pitch 2 and likely to fall. Retreated off left hand side of route on absail
kiwi boy - AltLd dnf - 12/Jul/09 with tamsin

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/09

as below. near start of pitch two, in the heather jungle, there is a large block which looks like it offers a reassuring moment of stability in a sea of choss and vegetation. it doesn't. had to sit holding it until my brother came off the belay and climbed up to me; together we pushed it back into place. unable to remove it from route as another party below us on pitch one, and too heavy to lift to drop it down side. also concerned that with enough momentum it might have reached road. its stable enough it wont move by itself, but dont go pulling on it. actually, dont pull on anything on pitch 2, its just horrible. pitches 1 and 4 however, are excellent.
no_more_scotch_eggs - AltLd O/S - 12/Jul/09 with loudfish

Cardi - Lead O/S - Jul/09 with Huw O

kylieo - AltLd - 22/Jun/09 with Phil

PhilR - AltLd - 22/Jun/09 with Kylie

Awesome pinnacles, but most of the climb is a scramble.
Stuart Hurworth - AltLd O/S - 07/Jun/09 with Marcus Levens

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Jun/09

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 23/May/09

Done with one working foot in big hiking boots, still got a heel hook by my ear in :-)
The_Boy_ODwyer - 2nd O/S - 23/May/09 with Tom C & Nick

stevepotter - Solo - 03/May/09

simozzer - AltLd - 02/May/09 with Matthew

alun1111 - Lead - 18/Apr/09

I lead 1st but made it hard by not swinging round to the left from the corner.
Neil Metcalfe101 - AltLd - 13/Apr/09 with Allan Mac

Rock Fairy - AltLd - 12/Apr/09 with sharon

A nice route for my first proper lead, was more gors than i'd hoped for half way up.
liam prince - Lead - 11/Apr/09 with simon gill

Nicholas Livesey - AltLd - 31/Mar/09 with Peter Machin

Sardien - AltLd O/S - 21/Feb/09 with Emlyn W. Roberts, Si Creer

emlynroberts - AltLd - 21/Feb/09 with Serinde VanWijk, Si Creer

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 03/Jan/09 with Tom Williams

Hidden - AltLd - Dec/08

Hidden - AltLd - Nov/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/08

adamscottthomas - Lead O/S - 10/Aug/08 with Ellen Taylor

Fell off pinnacle on traverse and broke ankle. Swung to last pinnacle, climbed back up to pinnacle and to pitch head using arms and hopping technique. Decent by bum shuffling scree, grass, heather etc to road and being belayed by mark over the grass and the drop to the road. Decent time 2.5 hours (3hrs to road after injury).
Katie86 - AltLd - 08/Jun/08 with Mark

John HW - AltLd - 26/May/08 with Rhys HW, Cath

Hidden - AltLd - 26/May/08

Ben Watts - Lead O/S - 05/May/08 with Richard Henton

Sankey - AltLd O/S - 03/May/08 with Andy

freemanTom (Guildford MC) - Lead - May/08 with Claire Williams, Abi Greves

Allan Young - AltLd O/S - 05/Apr/08 with Steve Turner

1st full lead. Slightly inclement with snow on ledges and flurries falling.
Neil Metcalfe101 - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/08 with John (treeminkies)

treeminkies - 2nd - 24/Mar/08 with neil

RAF2008 - 2nd - 09/Mar/08 with Baldeagle

climbed in rain and wind
gareth scott borthwick - AltLd O/S - 23/Feb/08 with Heddwyn Fletcher

guy stabler - 2008

Graeme Hammond - Lead O/S - 26/Oct/07 with Jay

Em66 - AltLd O/S - 23/Oct/07 with Mat, Ru

Hidden - 2nd - Oct/07

Hidden - AltLd - Oct/07

Hidden - Lead - Oct/07

First and third pitches great.Second was a batttle through gorse and heather! Also split initial pitch into 3 to allow me to keep a close watch on my son seconding. First pitch a sustained HVD- but plenty of great protection.
bobpilgrem - Lead O/S - 22/Aug/07 with Bob/Tom

Rich Clague - Lead - Jul/07

Joe Miller - Lead O/S - 15/Jun/07 with Malcolm

This was the most thriling Vdiff i have ever done. Paul decided to belay from the base of the chimney, meaning i had maximum rope drag as i moved across the pinnacles. Needless to say, i was so terrified i ended up weaving my way thorugh them, increasing the rope drag. I had a Rockey-esque moment on the other side on all fours pulling the rope up ....heeeeve! Fight your partner for the top pirch, though not the gorse pitch.
coffeepot - AltLd O/S - 26/May/07 with jelaby

A good scramble, poor rock climb.
richardr - May/07

Hidden - AltLd - 07/Apr/07

Pleasant. fairly exposed in places, nice moves on P3 if you traverse right into space!
Mattyk - Solo O/S - 06/Apr/07 with Jamie Moss

Hidden - Apr/07

Not that great!
LakesWinter - AltLd - 25/Mar/07 with Jamie

Easy but exposed scramble route up Pinnacle Ridge?
Alex Thompson - Solo O/S - 25/Feb/07 with Jonny

Keith Jones - 2nd - 29/Oct/06 with David

Joss - Lead O/S - 29/Oct/06 with Martin Worthy

kleinej - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/06 with Sam, Harry

Hidden - Lead - 07/May/06

Clucky - Lead O/S - 01/May/06 with Alison Boag Munroe

Brown - Solo O/S - 2006

rogerskews - AltLd - 2006 with Martin Coward

Led 2 & 4.
KeithW - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/05 with Grahaeme

Tom Last - AltLd - Jul/05 with Clive & Sean

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/05

mikej - Lead - 15/May/05 with E

Excellent wee route. The pinnacles are a bit contrived, but memorable nevertheless.
Jamie B - May/05 with Kris Quayle

Hidden - Lead - 06/Apr/05

bms - Solo - 10/Oct/03 with BCS

unfit - AltLd - 22/Mar/03 with Matt A and MAtt W and John N

Hidden - Solo - 10/Sep/02

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Jul/02

FrankW - AltLd O/S - 02/Dec/01 with Mark L

in snow showers
The Pylon King - AltLd O/S - Apr/00 with Laura

DerwentDiluted - Lead - 31/May/99 with Laurie Smith

Hidden - AltLd - 01/May/99

Mike_T0501 - AltLd O/S - 01/May/99

aged_ape - AltLd O/S - May/99 with Matt O

ed woods - Lead - 1999 with Jen

Rog Wilko - AltLd - Jun/98 with Alan Nuttall

Hidden - 1997

TobyA - Lead O/S - 16/Jun/96 with Miia, Elina, Olly

Marti999 - Solo - 1996

Good fun on the traverse
Ian Archer - AltLd - 06/Aug/95 with Andy Symonds

colin milton - AltLd - 29/May/95 with eric milton

Hidden - AltLd - 13/Sep/93

Hidden - Solo O/S - 26/Apr/93

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 31/Jan/93

Ian Robertson - AltLd - 1993 with Dave Owen

stokienomad - AltLd - 14/Jul/91

Hidden - Solo - 04/Nov/90

babymoac - 02/Nov/90

Ched - Lead O/S - 1988 with Glyn

Hammy - Solo - 02/Aug/87

Iain Thow - Solo - 30/Nov/86

nigehughes - AltLd - Sep/84 with Steve Main

nigehughes - Solo - Oct/82

Nigel Bond - Lead - 05/Jun/82 with Jeff

mikej - Lead - 08/Jun/77 with Tony Waite

Bolt Phobia - Solo - 20/Feb/76

Mike Owen - Aug/75 with John Roberts

Hidden - Oct/74

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Style of ascent

Soloed20 of 207 (9.7%)
Lead52 of 207 (25.1%)
Followed18 of 207 (8.7%)
Alt Leads101 of 207 (48.8%)
Unknown16 of 207 (7.7%)

'Climbed'118 of 207 (57.0%)
clean O/S82 of 207 (39.6%)
clean β1 of 207 (0.5%)
clean rpt5 of 207 (2.4%)
dnf1 of 207 (0.5%)