Belle Vue Bastion** VS 4c
[The late, great Ivan Waller (in his late 70s) repeating his own route, Belle Vue Bastion, East Face, Tryfan, 3 kb]48m, 2 pitches. Great rock, exhilarating moves and breath-taking exposure. Gain the right-hand end of the large terrace halfway up North Gully either by a scramble or by North Buttress. Belay just right of a large block.
1) 4c, 25m. Climb up right and go round the arete on the right. Climb a slab to a small ledge then follow the slab above. Continue up the curving groove to a large ledge.
2) 4b, 40m. Head right onto the nose and enjoy the air beneath your feet. Climb straight up to easier ground leading to the top. © ROCKFAX

Ticklists: The 100 Best UK VS routes?, North Wales Rock Graded List, Bangor BUMS Uni-Life Ticklist.

Photo: The late, great Ivan Waller (in his late 70s) repeating his own route, Belle Vue Bastion, East Face, Tryfan © S11
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This climb is in 212 logbooks, and on 78 wishlists.

Hidden - 2015

ended up going up here after losing the route on Groved Arete. Certainly wasn't disappointed. Great finish to the top
derryclimbs - Lead O/S - 12/Oct/14

pie_eater_pete - Lead - Oct/14

TomGB - Lead O/S - 21/Sep/14 with Beth Heeney

beeney - 2nd - 21/Sep/14

With Denry and Tamsin.
erbridger - AltLd - 31/Jul/14

Led first pitch, Emily led 2nd with Tamsin Gay jugging up next to us and commenting on technique.
Denry - AltLd β - 31/Jul/14 with Emily Bridger, Tamsin Gay

BareBears - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/14 with Mike Gutteridge

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/14

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/14

CLimbed grooved arete to reach.
Kate Edhouse - AltLd O/S - 21/Jul/14 with Emily Bridger

dan gibson - Solo O/S - 17/Jul/14

No took the glory on this one ! Bugger ! Impeccable route
nation1 - 2nd - 13/Jul/14 with Mo Walker

If you get the choice do the first pitch, its a joy.
MoWalker3 - 12/Jul/14 with Ross

jwhereat - 02/Jul/14

rashwell - AltLd - Jul/14

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

Led P1.
K Mckay - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/14 with Dan Slome, Ed Poulter

Julesthe1st - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/14 with Bart

Superb route on tasty rock with some nice exposure
deejmonkey - AltLd - 18/May/14 with Damian

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

2nd pitch
RyanOsborne - AltLd - 17/May/14

Led P1. Nice little finish for the day after grooved arÍte. Seriously cold on the top pitch.
cdpuk - AltLd O/S - 03/May/14 with Julian Bridle

bigbobbyking - AltLd - 03/May/14 with Chris Allan

Rounded off a great day
JulianB - AltLd - 03/May/14 with Chris Peka

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

2nd Pitch Only
Glyn Davidson - Lead O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Jon Price

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14

Amazing route. Led pitch 2 and really enjoyed it.
spearing05 - AltLd O/S - 18/Apr/14 with Andrew

A Crook - AltLd O/S - 16/Apr/14 with Dom Stockton

Hidden - 2nd - 15/Apr/14

Hidden - Lead - 15/Mar/14

Both pitches... lovely!
mrginna - Lead O/S - 13/Mar/14 with Nick

Si - 2014

mike mo - 2014

Hidden - 2014

Allanfairfechan - 2014

Hidden - Solo - 06/Oct/13

Lead first pitch (4c), sustained at grade but probably felt hard with a quite heavy rucksack, happy to be wearing good rock shoes. Note approach by climbing North Buttress, v-diff, descent by North Gully descent path.
Simon Cahill - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/13 with Ann S

(Accessed this route up North Buttress which I recommend if you have already done Grooved Arete.) Led second 4b pitch. The climb out to the nose is a path, one small nut and micro cam. If using half ropes makes sure they don't both catch under a small 'bird beak' at the very tip of the nose. We finished the route early at the large flat terrace and traversed off left still roped up into top of North gully. Excellent day.
Ann S - AltLd O/S - 24/Sep/13 with Simon Cahill

Adam lead pitch one at VS while I did the airy finish
williap - AltLd - 31/Aug/13 with adam radcliffe

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

Hidden - Lead - 16/Aug/13

P1 me , P2 Vhis, approached via Grooved Arete which megan led running pitches together. great rip, quality climbing
lithos - AltLd - 14/Jul/13 with chris CC, megan CC

Matt Marsh - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Alex Thompson

Got into some stupid rope faffage, twisted on first pitch and caught around arete on second. Set up a intermediate belay and let Matt finish to the top...
Alex Thompson - AltLd O/S - 30/Jun/13 with Matt Marsh

Ray Sparks - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/13 with mike b

timcedwards - 2nd O/S - Jun/13 with Mick Hill

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/May/13

matt0759 - AltLd - 25/May/13 with JamesA

John Nuttall - Lead - 19/May/13 with Sharon

dsgarner - 2nd O/S - 04/May/13 with Jim Cockayne

Led P1
Julian Prieto - AltLd O/S - 04/May/13 with Lawrence Dudley

Lawrence Dudley - AltLd - 04/May/13 with Julian Prieto

Hidden - 2013

Richard Kinsman - Lead O/S - 2013

Steady away climbing, 2nd pitch a bit disappointing after the exposed move on the nose.
Zoomer - AltLd O/S - 22/Sep/12 with George Best

fizzychewitt - AltLd - 22/Sep/12 with Martin

gingergeorge - AltLd - 22/Sep/12 with Glen Bloomer

biggianthead - 15/Sep/12 with T

Superb route. Took the second pitch, with the tremendous step out on the arete.
Bertbee - AltLd O/S - 06/Sep/12 with Ben

Pinguville - 2nd O/S - 28/Aug/12 with George

Mouse5 - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/12

James Mann - AltLd - Jul/12 with James

Hidden - Lead - 17/Jun/12

**** route!
JdotP - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/12 with Jordan Sargeant

gd303uk - AltLd O/S - 06/May/12 with Duncan martin

RossT - AltLd - 01/Apr/12 with Chris

Jones_88 - AltLd O/S - 01/Apr/12

Chris wilson - AltLd - 01/Apr/12 with Ross

adam06 - AltLd - 01/Apr/12 with Wyn Jones

Hidden - AltLd - 31/Mar/12

Frank Blakeley - AltLd O/S - 31/Mar/12 with Si

Gerallt Owain - Lead O/S - 27/Mar/12 with Ryan Roberts

P1. A few of the holds were damp, and with carrying a pack I felt this was 4c. When properly dry I reckon it's an easy 4c. Nice as part of a long route (Grooved Arete to start)
jezb1 - AltLd - 11/Mar/12

I led minging wet traverse across from Grooved Arete and p2. Great positions and views, some nice sections of climbing too.
The Ivanator - AltLd O/S - 11/Mar/12 with Jez

davidtrelawnyross - 2012

alan moore - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Tony Kartawick - 2012

Stone Idol - 2012

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Oct/11

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

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/11

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

Great climbing, good rock and good position - shame there wasn't more of it!
Danjones - AltLd O/S - 09/Jul/11 with Steve Keys

with Steve
martin c - Lead O/S - 09/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11

tim20 - AltLd O/S - 20/Jun/11 with tom sampson

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 19/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

centurion05 - 2011

centurion05 - 2011

Hidden - 2011

PAJames - 2011

PAJames - 2011

Sean Kelly - 2011

pasbury - 2011

Hidden - 2011

djromberg - 2011

Hidden - 2011

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead - 17/Oct/10

Hidden - 2nd - 17/Oct/10

Hidden - AltLd - 16/Oct/10

Scotsken - Oct/10

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Aug/10

al123 - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/10 with greg

Greg M - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/10 with Young Al

djprepie - AltLd - 22/Aug/10 with Luis Parsons (aka Hero)

Hidden - Lead - 21/Aug/10

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/10

Hidden - 2nd - 02/Jul/10

HIGHTOWER - AltLd O/S - 14/Jun/10 with Graham Kelshore, Andy Woolston

Chris M - AltLd - 22/May/10 with Dan G

spragglerocks - AltLd - 15/May/10 with Alex Young

P1. Good route, nice position. Gear a bit fiddly but nice moves.
Batt - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with James Hoyes

Hoyes - AltLd O/S - 15/May/10 with Rachel B

Hidden - AltLd - 09/May/10

simonward - 2nd O/S - 10/Apr/10

soph - 2010

Hidden - Lead - 27/Sep/09

grooved arete for the first three pitches around the corner and up to the good top two pitches - as usual for this summer rain never far away even though not forecast
bob johnson - AltLd O/S - 14/Aug/09 with Rich Ball

Not much gear but otherwise fairly straight-forward
Tanya Savage - 2nd - 02/May/09 with Neil Pacey

Surprisingly well protected and easy for 4c.
Neil Pacey - Lead O/S - 02/May/09 with Tanya Savage

Hidden - AltLd - May/09

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

existing debt - 22/Apr/09 with Iain a

Strange little creature - AltLd O/S - 13/Sep/08 with Scott Cramp

adi bryant - AltLd - Aug/08 with Caryl, Ben

Peter Reynolds - AltLd O/S - Aug/08

RCrockford - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Andy

Lead pitch 1. Difficulty finding start as guidebook description of Terrace wall didn't match. Exposure jumps as you go round the corner and up onto the small ledges. Gaining the curving scoop a bit ballsy, but good gear and quite pocketed. Traverse out on nose of second pitch looked exposed, but good ledge to follow. Pretty easy after that. Another good route, with amazing views.
Karlos - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Mark B

chalk monster - AltLd O/S - 26/Jul/08 with Karl

popov86 - AltLd - 01/Jun/08

Nice first pitch. Second pitch had a nice beginning but faded into easy ground.
kleinej - AltLd - 24/May/08 with Gary, Patrick

paddygoodwin - AltLd O/S - 24/May/08 with Jason

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

igneouscarl - 2nd - 11/May/08 with Tom Stahl

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

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

daveagriff - Lead - 2008

Hawkscry - 2008

Marcus - 2008

I led first pitch, Mike led 2nd, Ellen Taylor 2nd. Cracking route, good climbing in a magnificent situation.
adamscottthomas - AltLd O/S - 29/Aug/07 with Ellen Taylor and Mike Kean

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

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Aug/07

I lead P2
nigel pearson - AltLd O/S - 22/Aug/07 with Robin

Hidden - AltLd - Aug/07

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/07

Hidden - Lead - 11/May/07

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

Hidden - Lead - May/07

Tom Stoddart - AltLd - 06/Apr/07 with Iain Leverett

Hidden - AltLd - 24/Mar/07

tumbling wizard - Lead - Feb/07

Brian Rodgers - AltLd O/S - 2007

Hidden - 2007

Brown - AltLd O/S - 23/Nov/06 with John

Hidden - Lead - Sep/06

Hidden - AltLd O/S - May/06

Ian McNeill - 2006

beardy mike - AltLd O/S - 2006 with Iain Shone

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

Laramadness - 16/May/04

John Marsland - AltLd - 13/May/04 with John Haslam

Hidden - Lead - 25/Apr/04

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Oct/03

tom.e - 2nd O/S - Aug/03 with Charlie Everett

Gman - Lead O/S - Jul/03 with James

Hidden - Lead O/S - 2003

Martin Lilley - 2nd O/S - 2002 with Dave Slade

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/01

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

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Jul/01

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 22/Jun/01

Great route! A bold lead for 1927, much easier with modern gear.
Rog Wilko - Lead - May/01 with Debbie Wilkinson

Hidden - 2000

Stone Muppet - 2000

zero six - Lead O/S - 2000

BenTiffin - Lead - Sep/99

David Smith - 17/Jul/99

Hidden - AltLd - 17/May/98

VisionSet - Solo rpt - 1998

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Sep/97

Hidden - Solo - 24/Aug/97

Hidden - Lead - 30/May/97

Simon cook - Jul/96

michael burrows - AltLd O/S - 29/Oct/95 with richard parry

Jon Didymus - AltLd O/S - 22/Jul/95 with Paul

colin milton - AltLd - 23/Jun/94 with eric milton

Adrian Eggleton - 2nd - 08/May/94 with Derek Bain

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

malc - Lead - 13/Jun/93

A very underated climb. The position at the crux is so out there for a trad route on Tryfan.
Sean Kelly - Lead - May/92 with Paul Harding

Hidden - AltLd - 1991

Hidden - 2nd - 26/Aug/90

babymoac - AltLd - 18/Jun/89 with Andrew Ecker

Hidden - Lead - 10/Jun/88

hazeysunshine - AltLd O/S - Jul/87

amcleish - 1986

Mark Kemball - Lead - 28/Feb/83 with George Mumford

Chris Craggs - 1980

JohnHutch - Lead - 19/May/79 with DT

'A perfect climb, very exposed. Probably the best MVS in the country. Fitting for my 200th VS!' Finished day up Bristly Ridge.
Gordon Stainforth - AltLd O/S - 19/Aug/78 with Harry Woodbridge

Hidden - Lead - May/74

Bolt Phobia - Lead - 15/Apr/74

Hidden - AltLd - 26/Aug/73

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

eroica64 - 2nd - 28/May/66 with Colin -

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