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Idwal Staircase and Continuation** 2

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<< Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge
 
North-West Face Route >>
[A great little shoot up!, 2 kb]Begin to the right of the main slabs up the overhung black gully. A stream nearly always runs down this. Climb up using small ledges as footholds and step left at a jammed boulder. Continue to emerge on open ground. Walk up aiming for some vaguely orange rocks just left of a vegetated gully. Pick any line and scramble up. Terraces allow lateral movement to avoid difficulties but some steps are tricky and exposed. Keep scrambling to come out on Seniors' Ridge.

Ticklists: Scrambles in Snowdonia - Steve Ashton.

Photo: A great little shoot up! © Nick Webb
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PUBLIC LOGBOOKS
This climb is in 129 logbooks, and on 6 wishlists.

Rich Clague - AltLd - 21/Jul/14

Hidden - Lead - 16/Jul/14

gseywald - Lead - 08/Jul/14 with Paul

Hidden - Solo - 20/Jun/14

gseywald - Solo - 15/Jun/14

JoshP94 - Solo O/S - 08/Jun/14

gavin.smith - 25/May/14

gseywald - Solo - 15/May/14

ali macphee - Solo - 27/Apr/14 with carl_123

carl_123 - Solo - 26/Apr/14

Nick Biven - 2014

yelotango - Solo - 2014

gseywald - Solo - 25/Nov/13

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Nov/13

really enjoyed it and wetter than i thought it would be
Matt707 - Solo O/S - 12/Oct/13

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

Hidden - 04/Oct/13

Slippy when wet!!! :)
Nick Webb - Solo O/S - 08/Sep/13 with Dave burgess, Paul hughes

gseywald - Solo - 02/Sep/13

Danbow73 - Solo O/S - 23/Aug/13

seconded, some anchor building.
bissybisgrove - 2nd - 24/Jul/13

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 16/Jul/13

gseywald - Solo - 09/Jul/13 with Dave

Advanced scrambling course
BHound - 2nd - Jul/13

Fantastic scramble
flying el burro - 30/Jun/13 with Iwona Tomasiak, Dan Bateson, Aoife McNally, Richard Sore

gseywald - Solo - 16/Jun/13

Tarquin - 01/Jun/13

gseywald - Lead - 26/May/13 with Neil

gseywald - Solo - 24/May/13

tsl42 - Solo O/S - 02/May/13 with Tim Mercer

Jonno - Solo O/S - Feb/13

tim20 - 2013

Hidden - 2013

Done in walking boots, soloed or moved together through most of it, pitched the odd section. We found the upper line to be rather indefinite and quite easy to get on ground that felt harder than a scramble. Did same day as cneifon arete
CurlyStevo - Lead - Jul/12 with Rob

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Jun/12

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

chris p duck - Solo O/S - May/12 with Chris R

miketangokilo - Lead O/S - Apr/12

shed_hed - Solo - 31/Mar/12 with Catherine Lawrence

cherad - AltLd O/S - 21/Mar/12

alan moore - 2012

Hidden - Lead - 2012

Only to top of the stream
malc - Solo - 29/Dec/11 with Paul Scott

The continuation only,after first half of north-west face route. had to pull heather up on the rope on the the few hard bits.
Sy Finch - Lead rpt - 12/Nov/11

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Oct/11

djking1983 - Solo O/S - 22/Oct/11

Sy Finch - AltLd O/S - 15/Oct/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 25/Aug/11

Lawrie Brand - Solo O/S - 04/Aug/11 with Mel, Tom Sampson, Matt Etheridge

Tried to stay parallel to vegetated gully on continuation but failed to find way over bulbous slabs near top so trended left on quartz ledge to find myself finishing up last section of direct approach to seniors ridge.
mysterion - 02/Aug/11

Cardi - Solo O/S - 04/Jul/11 with John L

(continuation up Cneifion!)
Tom Hecht - Solo β - 10/Jun/11 with Ben Chambers, Craig Letham

Hidden - 05/Jun/11

Tom Livingstone - Solo - 05/May/11 with Tom Hecht

Hidden - 16/Apr/11

Part one of our mad run... Good fun with the stream in full gushing nick
farmus21 - Solo - 02/Apr/11 with Sam Radcliffe

part 1 of big scramble/run day. was in waterfall conditions. got soaked through :)
samrad - Solo - 02/Apr/11 with james G

Hidden - Lead - 02/Mar/11

Hidden - 2011

Rory Shaw - 2011

bsmedz - 2011

Hidden - AltLd - 22/Nov/10

industrialiceman - Lead - 04/Sep/10

Hidden - Jul/10

Rachel Kingham - 05/Jun/10 with Gareth Harvey

atyson1 - Solo O/S - 22/May/10

amthalmann - Solo O/S - 15/May/10

Hidden - Solo - Mar/10

marc1967 - Solo O/S - 2010

Mick Cassidy - AltLd - 12/Dec/09 with Jimbo

Hidden - 12/Dec/09

Continuation only, following Ordinary Route from Idwal Slabs into Cwm Cniefion. 'Interesting' Mad Jim variants taken en route
adam clarke - AltLd - 08/Aug/09 with James Hulme, Hannah Hulme Hunter

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 18/Jul/09

used as part of JSMEL Assessment. Very Wet.
Carl Simmons - 18/Jun/09

Good climb, hot day.
Katie86 - AltLd O/S - May/09 with Dave George

John HW - Lead - 18/Apr/09 with Rhys HW, Ben HW, Cath

Hidden - 2nd - 18/Apr/09

Ben HW - 2nd - 18/Apr/09 with John HW

Just Staircase. Very Slimey and was raining as well.
Richard Holowka - Solo - Mar/09

Hidden - 2009

MarkFoster - 2009

Hidden - 2nd - 21/Oct/08

A Crook - Lead - 04/Oct/08 with Dom Stockton

Hidden - Solo O/S - 21/Sep/08

Chris Manasseh - Aug/08

Hidden - Solo rpt - 11/May/08

Hidden - Solo - 10/May/08

Start is horribly wet and slimy. No pro for about 6 - 8m. Weather was poor, but improved later on.
chriswitts1 - Lead O/S - 04/Apr/08 with Ian Witts

carried on to cneifon arete
finter22 - Solo - 10/Feb/08

TGreen - Solo O/S - 02/Feb/08 with Martin G

Rosie Henstock - Solo O/S - 02/Feb/08

Hidden - Solo rpt - 01/Jan/08

Hidden - Solo - Dec/07

industrialiceman - Solo - 10/Nov/07

industrialiceman - Lead - 10/Nov/07

John HW - Solo - 27/Oct/07

Hidden - Solo - 26/Aug/07

Hidden - Solo - 25/Aug/07

bms - Solo - 30/Jul/07 with BCS

Hidden - Solo O/S - 29/Apr/07

malc - Lead O/S - 22/Apr/07 with Rick and Nick

Sean Kelly - 2007

Hidden - 2007

timmy-ts - 2007

Punters - Lead dog - Jun/06

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Apr/06

mikelaing - 2006

John Kettle - Solo - 2006

Hidden - AltLd - 30/Sep/05

Mike Peacock - 21/Sep/05 with Si Oakley & Pete Early

Hidden - Solo - 29/May/05

bms - Solo - 11/Apr/05 with BCS

Hidden - 2nd - 2005

Hidden - 2005

malc - Solo - Apr/04

Hidden - Solo - 17/Jan/04

On Advanced JSMEL course.
Zoomer - AltLd - 24/Jun/03 with Ben Abbott

broc - Solo - 06/Nov/02

crossdressingrodney - Solo O/S - 22/Oct/00 with Hill and Mountain Walking

Tom M Williams - Solo - 2000

Jonny M - Solo O/S - 2000 with Jim MacDonald

Ashley Hold - Solo - 16/Aug/98

Hidden - 23/Aug/95

Mike_T0501 - Solo - 23/Aug/95

malky_c - Solo - Jul/95

Hidden - Solo - 20/Mar/94

Iain Thow - Solo - 15/Sep/84 with Paul Eastwood

Hidden - Solo - 1980

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Style of ascent

Soloed63 of 129 (48.8%)
Lead15 of 129 (11.6%)
Followed7 of 129 (5.4%)
Alt Leads16 of 129 (12.4%)
Unknown28 of 129 (21.7%)

'Climbed'94 of 129 (72.9%)
clean O/S30 of 129 (23.3%)
clean β1 of 129 (0.8%)
clean rpt3 of 129 (2.3%)
dogged1 of 129 (0.8%)