North Buttress Route** D
[Dave Jones on the North Buttress, Tryfan, 3 kb]205m, 7 pitches.

Rockfax Description
This is a scramble with a tricky initial pitch. Start left of Grooved Arete, and to the right of North Gully, below a polished corner.
1) 20m. Scurry up the corner to a break and traverse right to a block belay on the arete.
2) 30m. Head up and right behind the block and then back left into a groove directly above the stance. Move left onto a rib and head up following the left side of the rib to a grassy ledge.
3) 30m. The route becomes more indistinct here and you can climb up in a variety of places but generally trending up and left to a large terrace. Most people escape left along the terrace and into North Gully and make their way to the summit. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: Connoisseur's Classic Rock, Puttrell's Progress.

Photo: Dave Jones on the North Buttress, Tryfan © allysingo
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This climb is in 201 logbooks, and on 33 wishlists.

SaltyGhosts - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/15

grimpeur jim - AltLd O/S - 30/Aug/15 with Tom

Hidden - AltLd - 18/Aug/15

Mr Tickle - Lead rpt - 17/Jul/15 with Dan2

Pitch 2 but went to far left onto something scarey.
Fatclimber - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/15 with John Deakin

Deako - AltLd - 06/Jun/15 with Fatclimber

Hidden - 01/May/15

Big Boots, Rucksacks and gloves
Maywood96 - AltLd - 01/May/15 with Chris lucas

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/15

kivell - Lead - 08/Mar/15 with will king

Hidden - AltLd - 15/Nov/14

Mr Tickle - AltLd - 19/Oct/14 with Paul

Great day in the mountains in honking rain.
waydan - AltLd - 10/Oct/14 with Rich, ElSwiftos

D Berry - Solo O/S - 14/Sep/14

Hidden - 13/Sep/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 27/Aug/14

Grade 2 Scramble
runestone - 2nd - 03/Aug/14

Got very lost after grassy ledge. Ended up too far left and ended up traversing across HS terrain in trainers. Exciting to say the least.
CharlieMack - Lead O/S - 30/Jul/14 with Malcolm Harris

Scrambled/short roped with Tamsin and Denry.
erbridger - 21/Jul/14

jwhereat - 02/Jul/14

rashwell - AltLd - Jul/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - 29/Jun/14

Great day out; very hot. First two pitches are VDiff, the rest is Diff and scrambling but no worse for that. With big boots and bags and a broken finger: glad I seconded P1 and P2.
Mr Fuller - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Ed Poulter

Led all pitches apart from final one.
K Mckay - Lead O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Claire Scott

jacob shieldhouse hadley - Lead O/S - 20/Jun/14 with jasper cluff

2nd trad route for me. Was going to do the Pinnacle Rib Route, but lost on the wrong path so scrambled on heather and found this. The first pitch in the groove was unpleasant... Summit out and long scramble down in fading sun, very hungry!
Cheet - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/14 with Steven

morgan91 - Lead O/S - 11/Jun/14

So. Much. Wet.
phildawson - AltLd O/S - 24/May/14 with Michael Finegan, Stefanie Pöhlmann, John Proctor

Absolutely soaking through from beginning to end, with copious quantities of new rain falling as we were high up on the route.
JdotP - Lead O/S - 24/May/14 with Stefanie Pohlmann, Phiran, Stanislav Huska

Hidden - 2nd - 18/May/14

JasonV - AltLd - 18/May/14

deejmonkey - AltLd - 18/May/14 with Damian

Daymo - AltLd O/S - 18/May/14 with DJ

Hidden - Lead O/S - 17/May/14

Selection weekend for Ex Pukka Pahar
John HW - 03/May/14 with 2 x Students

Marti999 - Lead O/S - 20/Apr/14 with Debbie

Gorgeous windless sunny day! Led all the pitches because Craig was feeling poorly.
useful - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Craig W

Did the S variation start
Glyn Davidson - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Jon Price

tanssop - AltLd O/S - 13/Apr/14 with Andy

tallginge - 2nd O/S - Apr/14 with David Reeves

With Mark H and Chris
davidanthony - Lead - 15/Mar/14

Allanfairfechan - 2014

Very dirty and loose. Bit to death by midgies. Great topout on Tryfan at 8pm.
danielwoodentop - AltLd O/S - 2014

(Used this as access to reach Belle Vue Bastion.) very enjoyable 'physical' route with a much better first pitch than Grooved Aręte.
Ann S - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/13 with Simon Cahill

did this with the variation start into Belle Vue Bastion
adam06 - AltLd - 31/Aug/13 with Will Points

Climbed as a 3 with Rosie.
spragglerocks - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with Jon Morgan

Traverse pitch the highlight. Partner climbed out too far right into exposed sketchiness before getting back on track
rand526 - AltLd O/S - 28/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 28/Aug/13

Pinguville - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/13 with George

newvena - Lead O/S - 20/Aug/13 with jc

JohnnyC101 - 2nd O/S - 20/Aug/13 with Daz

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Aug/13

Hidden - Lead O/S - 11/Aug/13

Led pitches 1, 4 and 6. Sean led pitches 2, 3 and 5 [The Traverse]. A really enjoyable route. Belle Vue Terrace is a special place!
Cornish boy - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/13 with Sean

We did the first 150m or so then descended via North Gully (at least two lengths of tat required).
Simon Cahill - AltLd O/S - 02/Aug/13 with

chris warner - AltLd O/S - 19/May/13 with Danny Rix

bede.west - AltLd O/S - 05/May/13 with stu

StuA - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13

kb273 - Lead - 02/Mar/13

alancash100 - AltLd - Feb/13

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

Instead of grooved arete on a very wet day in B3s. First pitch or two feels like vdiff. After that it was a bit scrappy, grassy and muddy. Worth it to get to the terrace though, after which we finished up the gully on the left.
JimboWizbo - AltLd - 14/Oct/12 with Beth

Hidden - AltLd - 14/Oct/12

Hidden - 18/Sep/12

biggianthead - 15/Sep/12 with T

Climbed as an approach to Belle Vue Bastion. Left at the terrace.
Bertbee - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12 with Ben

With Cai. Moved together/pitched on single rope. John mostly leading, Cai 10m from end of rope, me at end helping him.
neal - 10/Jun/12 with John Roberts

Hidden - AltLd - 04/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jun/12

JasonV - Lead - 02/Jun/12

brolte - AltLd O/S - 27/May/12 with Ian Fergusson, Nick Pearson

Climbed in B3's and pack for alpine training. Found mild for the grade due to the hot sunny day. We included the rib on the left on the lower section to add more interest. (can imagine a tricky climb in the wet as you rely a lot on friction on some parts) Met mountain rescue on the Belle Vue terrace having a training session. A great climb in superb settings.
Martin Rowe - AltLd O/S - 24/May/12 with Paul Carroll

P Carroll - AltLd O/S - 24/May/12 with Martin Rowe

Hidden - Solo O/S - 06/May/12

Hidden - Lead - 03/May/12

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

PK second!
tjrukc - Lead O/S - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Oct/11

tunaficiency - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/11 with kate surry

first pitch attempted in the rain, in big boots. rapidly changed into rock shoes. slimy and hard for the grade. easier after that, though still some interesting moves on P2, and the scrappy scrambling at mid height more than made up for by the traverse pitch, mild but spectacular...!
no_more_scotch_eggs - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/11 with loudfish

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 13/Aug/11

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jul/11

Not an interesting climb, the exact location of the last pitch was difficult to find.
iwanap - AltLd O/S - 02/Jul/11 with Euryn

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 27/May/11

Wet and slippery in places, although glorious sunshine for upper pitches! Big boots and packs. Terrace Wall Variation.
adam clarke - AltLd - 22/May/11 with James Hulme

sam26051 - 2nd - 29/Apr/11 with Nigel Hinson

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Apr/11

Nordic - AltLd - 16/Apr/11 with Julie Taylor, Vicki Cox

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Solo - 15/Dec/10

pitch 4 widely covered in solid ice and pretty exiciting. Alternate leads and moved together. Great route!
uncontrollable - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Alan B

Extensive snow & ice near the top.
Monkey_Alan - AltLd O/S - 12/Dec/10 with Frodo Stickel

Sam Simpson - AltLd O/S - 13/Nov/10 with Tom Latham

frost - Solo - 22/Sep/10 with D Almond

frost - AltLd - 16/Sep/10 with D Almond

Dan_Staff - Lead - 22/Aug/10 with Simon Hall

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/10

Lead all pitches. We have first tried to do it under pouring rain conditions on 6th of August. We had enough of it after reaching the terrace and retreated, without an epic, by scrambling into the little gully. On 13th there were passing showers, most of the route was very wet, but we did it this time.
andrzej kierzek - Lead rpt - 13/Aug/10 with Tara

Climbed first part of this to reach Terrace Wall.
MikeLell - Solo dnf - 26/Jun/10

Big boots practice for skye. Good fun though.
Batt - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with James Hoyes

Hidden - AltLd - 09/May/10

Hidden - AltLd - 03/May/10

Climbed short-rope in appalingly wet conditions. Tiring.
stratfol - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/09 with Jay Armandary

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 03/Oct/09

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/09

alaster tonge - AltLd O/S - Aug/09

Neilson Jones - 2nd O/S - 24/Jul/09 with Gareth Wooffindin

ill_bill - Solo - 10/Jul/09

Spiced it up at the top this time by trending off right into some lovely VS climbing. A good day out.
AMarchant - Lead O/S - 23/Jun/09 with Phil Marchant

Simon K - 2nd O/S - 16/Jun/09 with NE

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 02/May/09

sleavesley - AltLd O/S - 26/Apr/09 with Matt Sheets

richardr - Lead O/S - 21/Apr/09 with K

Hidden - 2nd - 11/Apr/09

innesmac - 2009

alwyn101 - 2nd O/S - 17/Dec/08 with Simon Roberts

A good outing, the last couple of pitches were done in the dark, as was the descent :)
AMarchant - AltLd O/S - 26/Oct/08 with Phil Dwyer

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Oct/08

Think we got the route a litte wrong! Started in groove to the right of true start, missed traverse! (my lead) Added extra Head Wall pitch. (Prob HVS) No gear!Lead by Aidan. All in all a bit of a mess.
Peeley.b - AltLd - 20/Sep/08 with Aidan Bennett, Dave?

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/08

paulerussell - AltLd O/S - 20/Sep/08 with JamesCa

ElaineG - 2nd - 03/Aug/08 with Iain Shone

Hidden - Solo O/S - 08/Jul/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/08

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/08

First 4 pitches to get to Belle Vue Bastion. This bit wasn't very worthwhile.
kleinej - AltLd - 24/May/08

garywong - 2nd O/S - 24/May/08 with Patrick Goodwin, Jason Kleine

fizzychewitt - AltLd - 11/May/08 with Martin, Will

Tough first couple of pitches, then a bit intermittent till the Traverse pitch. Well worthwhile overall, though.
barrylong - AltLd O/S - 10/May/08 with Matt Spencer

Anna Horrox - 2nd - 13/Feb/08 with Clive Greenwood

clive-greenwood - Lead O/S - 13/Feb/08 with Anna

Hidden - AltLd dnf - 19/Jan/08

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Hidden - 12/Oct/07

I led the first three sections moving together to Terrace Wall, narrowly avoiding a confrontation with the resident goat population.
adamscottthomas - Lead O/S - 29/Aug/07 with Ellen Taylor and Mike Kean

ellentaylor - 2nd O/S - 29/Aug/07 with Adam Thomas

I think this is going to be upgraded (from Mod) in the new guide, and should be. First pitch is at least 4a! Excellent mountain day, worth **
Rog Wilko - AltLd - 08/Jun/07 with Debbie Wilkinson

Shone - 2nd O/S - 05/May/07 with Graham Townsend and Hilary Lawrenson

First pitch felt harder than Mod. Great climbing on jugs to belle vue terrace
mark20 - 2nd O/S - 21/Apr/07

adi bryant - Solo - 19/Apr/07

Led all pitches
tiga271 - Lead - Apr/07 with Mark

I fell off and made a hole in my windproof. We tried again and did two more pitches, but then time got the better of us and we retreated down Little Gully.
rambler_gary - Lead dnf - 25/Mar/07 with Safe

DavidBarraclough - Mar/07

Rampikino - Solo - 20/Jan/07

brighters - 2007

fran04 - AltLd - 2007

Hidden - 2007

MKH - Solo - 2007

Sean Kelly - 2007

timmy-ts - 2007

Ian Andrews - AltLd O/S - 2007 with Pete Williams, Martin Worthy, Fran Gowling

Ian took lead on 1st and 5th pitches, Dave on 2nd and 6th, Me on 3rd and 7th. We scrambled up the 4th.
rig - AltLd O/S - 29/Oct/06 with Dave Melotte, Ian Nicholson

Rain, big boots and backpacks
flytzen - AltLd O/S - 26/Aug/06 with Sean Worthington

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 16/Jul/06

BedRock - AltLd O/S - 28/Jan/06

Ian McNeill - 2006

mikelaing - 2006

John Kettle - Solo - 2006

AJ007 - AltLd - 12/Nov/05 with Mike H

My first multi pitch. It rained. It hailed. It snowed. My hands were cold lumps of flesh that seemed to belong to someone else. When we got to the top it was dark and we couldn't find our route off. Had to ab off into the darkness with the rope getting stuck multiple times. EPIC. Finally got off the mountain at about 9:30 and refuge at the pub.
hailtryfan - 03/Nov/05 with AJ Bowley

Budge - AltLd O/S - 25/Sep/05 with Martin Gillie

Laramadness - AltLd - 16/May/04

Little B - Lead O/S - 27/Sep/03 with Jane

Topped out at sunset...
Martin Lilley - AltLd O/S - 2002 with Rachel White, Dave Slade

Hidden - 2002

Howard J - AltLd O/S - 29/Jul/01 with Steve Jolley

Hidden - Lead O/S - Jun/01

Hidden - Lead - Oct/00

timreynolds - AltLd - 09/Jun/00 with Chris Lodge, Sean Corbett

Hidden - 2000

Hidden - 2000

innesmac - 2000

alan moore - 2000

Hidden - 1999

zero six - Lead O/S - 1998

Hidden - Solo - 1998

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Sep/97

Hidden - 1997

Stone Muppet - 1996

Ian Archer - Lead - 16/Sep/95 with Jon Bursnall

Approx date. Dank rock and big boots made it all seem harder than the Moderate that our guidebook gave it.
Nigel Coe - 1995 with Ian Birch

led 2nd & 3rd pitch. Derek led 1st adn 4th pitch And Terrace Wall Variant
Adrian Eggleton - AltLd - 08/May/94 with Derek Bain

BigHairyIan - Lead O/S - 31/Aug/93 with Mike Gibbison (Hairy)

under light snow cover
uphillnow - Lead - 22/Jan/93

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Jul/91

Raggar - 30/Jun/91 with Chris B

Hidden - Solo - Aug/90

malc - Solo - 04/Nov/87

nigehughes - Lead - Sep/84 with Joe Wiggins

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Nov/83

'Route in cloud. Rock very slimy, then it starts to sleet. We press on. Standard goes up to about Severe' Continue up Bristly Ridge. Hurricane force winds at top of Glyder Fach. Descend with head torches.
Gordon Stainforth - Lead - 31/Dec/80 with Nigel Fallon

Iain Thow - 2nd - Apr/77 with John Strivens

Nigel Bond - AltLd - 20/Mar/77 with Tony Cuddy, Dave

Bolt Phobia - Solo - 17/Jun/76

Bolt Phobia - Lead - 11/Jun/75

In cloud, drizzle, then sleet. A bit of an epic. Descended in the dark.
Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 18/Jan/70 with John --?

mikej - AltLd - 19/Oct/69 with Wil Hurford

Hidden - Lead - 1969

First lead in Snowdonia
Gordon Stainforth - AltLd - 27/Jul/68 with John Stainforth

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