Dolmen Ridge*** M
[Great position approaching the crux corner on Dolmen Ridge, Glyder Fach., 2 kb]Mostly a grade 2 scramble

Ticklists: Top ridge scrambles of Britain, Scrambles in Snowdonia - Steve Ashton.

Photo: Great position approaching the crux corner on Dolmen Ridge, Glyder Fach. © MarkDerby
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This climb is in 174 logbooks, and on 37 wishlists.

Hidden - 01/Sep/15

Hidden - 23/Aug/15

Hidden - Solo - 17/Aug/15

Mike505 - Solo O/S - 12/Aug/15 with Henry

In the rain. Mostly solo but short roped Theo for a few sections.
LJC - Lead O/S - 01/Aug/15 with Theo

scrambled as part of bigger day
sparkybatteryboy - Solo - 15/Jul/15

With Jo, Joe and Georgie. Rained alot and picked up some useful MIA skills from Joe.
JonnySchofield - Solo O/S - 05/Jul/15 with Joe Fraser, Jo Philip

Trace - AltLd - Jul/15 with Monkey_Alan

sambeaumont - Lead - 28/Jun/15

Steveb27 - Solo - 27/Jun/15

Hidden - Lead O/S - 07/Jun/15

Started up left side of gully as per latest Snowdonia scrambling guide. Escaping the left hand bay to get to the courtyard was exciting. The corner section was really enjoyable too.
MarkDerby - 07/Jun/15

hairy51 - AltLd O/S - 06/Jun/15 with Ben Axford

Rich Malcolm - AltLd - 30/May/15 with Neil Jackson, Mick Brohan

Mr Tickle - 28/May/15

Kleo De Janiro - 13/May/15 with Stuie

static266 - Solo - 09/May/15

JonnySchofield - Solo O/S - 04/May/15

Hidden - 04/May/15

Louvet - 04/May/15 with Tarquin

Scrambling techniques
Maywood96 - AltLd - 03/May/15 with Chris lucas

Mix of moving together, scrambling and pitched for the crux. Weather was freezing with some hail (actually much nicer than rain as it just bounced off). Some ice around the gully and on the summit rocks. Probably wasted some time trying to follow the guidebook perfectly on the lower section when you could pretty much just improvise. Crux section was fun - easy climbing in an interesting situation - although not as exposed as some suggest. Perhaps soloing it would induce greater respect for the drop. Upper section very straightforward but good quality rock and nice ambience. Mod seems about right for the crux, the rest is much easier.
Oujmik - Lead - 27/Apr/15 with Jyoti

hairy51 - 26/Apr/15 with Joe Andrews

Fresh snow made the start of the route very difficult, far harder than the ridge. A great route though once started. Moved together.
BStar - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Rachael

Rachael88 - AltLd O/S - 11/Apr/15 with Adam

Hidden - Lead O/S - Apr/15

Walked from car park by lyn Ofwen up to Dolmen Ridge, ascended ridge as equals, returned via Gribbin ridge.
Mark Stitson (ULGMC) - 02/Jan/15 with Francis Hardy, Tomasz Smith

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Nov/14

We don't think we really stuck to the route as visibility was poor and weather was awful, may return in the future.
nation1 - 27/Oct/14

OllyT - 27/Oct/14 with Ross Morton

Short roped in rain
Danhan - 16/Oct/14 with Tom Lawfield, Nick

Hidden - 16/Oct/14

Hidden - AltLd - 05/Oct/14

Hidden - AltLd - 12/Sep/14

Hidden - Lead - 11/Sep/14

Hidden - Solo - 09/Sep/14

& Pete, Ken Whyte, Scott Eccles & Matt from MAM too
Glyn Davidson - Solo O/S - 31/Aug/14 with Stephen Hobdell

route finding is rather hard in the rain and cloud! nay impossible. abbed off pretty soon after starting. then the epic began: left a couple of slings at the abstation by accident, climbed back up the gully a bit but it was sketchy in the rain so retreated, got the rope stuck, freed the rope after some difficulty. matt then went around a different way, collected the gear and abbed off a second time. note to self: always double check the stance for kit before abbing off. hate self.
wjcdean - AltLd dnf - 15/Aug/14 with Jack Ottaway, Trevers

kivell - 02/Aug/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/14

Hidden - Lead O/S - Aug/14

Pant filling crux pitch!
Nicholas Livesey - Solo - 01/Jul/14 with Jock Andrews

Hidden - Lead - 29/Jun/14

Hidden - 22/Jun/14

Hidden - Solo - 16/May/14

Hidden - Solo - 16/May/14

gazj1986 - Solo - 29/Apr/14

Big boots, moving together for most of it. Pitched couple of wet/awkward steps at start and ramp pitch.
ollyroberts - 29/Mar/14 with Piers Newton, Sam

Hidden - 2014

Great mountain day. Moving together but did pitch the crux. Big boots and rucsacks. An ill defined start and only gets interesting once crossing the gully on to the 'on ramp'. excellent exposed position finishing smack on the summit. One to do again
kiwi boy - 09/Nov/13 with carole S, sharron, Dave B

Mostly moving together
cas smerdon - 09/Nov/13 with Dave Beynon, Andy

Hidden - Solo - 27/Sep/13

Hidden - Solo O/S - 20/Sep/13

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/13

Grade 2 scramble, descent Bristly ridge.
Simon Cahill - AltLd O/S - 08/Sep/13 with Jim Walton, Andy UKC

sort of but not quite, crossed to low, went under buttress and all over the place. Slashing rain and gales !
lithos - AltLd - 17/Aug/13 with karl c, Pete Bradshaw

Hidden - Lead O/S - 16/Aug/13

climbed this as a 2 with tony along with daz and rod.quite a tiring walk in,especially as I had to carry the rope. (nice one tony) nothing too technical although the first vertical pitch had to be done in "big boots" but pretty good protection available with short slings and some large nuts.the climb through the overhanging slab was a joy and topping out eventually onto glider fach .worth doing with some fine views ,lucky to have a decent day.finished off with a pint in the tyn y coed.perfect!
colina - AltLd - 10/Aug/13 with tony martin

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

jordan taylor - Lead O/S - 30/Jun/13

Hidden - 2nd - 09/Jun/13

In practice for the alps. Moved together except for the 20m moderate pitch. Cracking route.
ralphio - Lead - 01/Jun/13 with Graeme High

MJP - 01/Jun/13

Hidden - Solo - 19/May/13

Hidden - 19/May/13

Ben Hollands - Lead O/S - 16/May/13 with Dan the man, Wendy Anderson

Hidden - 2nd - 07/May/13

Hidden - Solo - 07/May/13

A CRAC team effort. Moved together with Henry. By passed first section of the ridge (as too icey and we were not using crampons) via steep frozen turf section to the left Used ice axes for the snow gulley and frozen turf Oustanding winter route.
robjdc - Lead O/S - 02/Feb/13

Hidden - 02/Feb/13

Wet - slippy, quite tough!
bowls - AltLd - Jan/13

wykealpha - 2013

Hidden - 2013

ed2204 - 09/Dec/12

First winter route, incredible terrain and exposure
Doug miller - AltLd O/S - 08/Dec/12 with Shaun McCance, ed strange, chris wildblood

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Nov/12

malc - AltLd O/S - 06/Oct/12 with Carl M, Nick

williamsd79 - 15/Sep/12 with Kev Taylor, Lee Wales

one pitch of mod climbing - otherwise a grade 2 scramble - great route though
JasonV - Lead - 15/Sep/12 with Matt, Rod

Hidden - Solo - 24/Aug/12

BeckyPayne - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/12 with John Proctor

RyanOsborne - Lead - 30/Jun/12

not a great climb, though we may have gone off course a little
islandlynx - 2nd - 30/Jun/12 with Ryan

Malpractise - AltLd - 06/May/12 with Mick Barraclough

Hidden - 05/May/12

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 05/May/12

Chris Manasseh - Solo - 24/Mar/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 24/Mar/12

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 21/Mar/12

Tom Hecht - 12/Mar/12 with Ben Chambers

beardy mike - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Hidden - 2012

Stone Idle - 2012

Did this one is horrible wet greasy conditions and still thoroughly enjoyed it. We only got the rope out for one pitch, the groove on the Dolmen Buttress, and was glad we did because my big boots were slipping all over the shop on the wet rock. Soloed the rest of the route. A couple of very exposed moves on the table topped tower further up but with good holds. A nice long sustained route with a proper mountain feel and good scrambling almost all the way to the summit rocks of Glyder Fach.
Gerry_Doncaster - 06/Nov/11

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Oct/11

Hidden - AltLd - 27/Oct/11

Sy Finch - AltLd O/S - 13/Oct/11

Hidden - 2nd O/S - 24/Aug/11

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Aug/11

mynyddresident - Lead - 03/Aug/11

A scrappy start but an awesome finish.
jon59 - Lead - 07/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead rpt - 28/Jun/11

Stephen Halliday - AltLd - 25/Jun/11 with Neil Halliday

pocketsarah - 14/Jun/11 with alison, pamela

electriclinz - AltLd O/S - 19/Apr/11 with Robert

Hidden - Solo - 29/Jan/11

Climbed with Pichol and moved together on easy bits - awesome
robjdc - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/11

Great day up on Glyder Fach with Robjdc. Made all the better as I have now learnt the hard to master move called the squirm!
Pichol - AltLd O/S - 23/Jan/11 with Rob Coleridge

Hidden - 2011

ross duffield - 2011

Hidden - 2011

johnwoo - 2011

dolmen ridge then summit glyder fach and descent via bwlch tryfan to lln bochlwyd
snowy_woodruff - 06/Nov/10 with Mem

Hidden - Solo - 24/Oct/10

Hidden - Lead - 09/Sep/10

Hidden - Solo - 03/Sep/10

Cardi - Lead O/S - 21/Aug/10 with Pete D

Moved Together in boots.
Dan_Staff - Lead - 21/Aug/10 with Simon Hall

JamesBurton - AltLd - 21/Aug/10 with adam gayton

Jamie Buxton - 2nd O/S - 08/Aug/10 with getk

Perfect cool sunny conditions. Totally enjoyable.
bigmeister - 2nd - 21/Jun/10 with Rob Johnson

djbeaumont - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with dad, Trace

Hidden - Lead - 11/Jun/10

cjohn62 - AltLd - 07/Jun/10 with andy

Hidden - Lead O/S - 23/May/10

Hidden - Solo - 20/May/10

adam clarke - AltLd - 16/May/10 with James Hulme, Hannah Hulme Hunter

tubby Tez - 05/May/10 with daddybear2004

I lead to the end of the traverse ramp across the gully, Mervyn lead after that. Moved together the whole way. Have lead all of this route in the past.
Martin Stevens - AltLd rpt - 04/May/10 with Mervyn L.

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/May/10

Scrambled up R side of gully as per guidebook, but traversed L under Dolmen Buttress too early. Headed to top left corner of grassy area and climbed chossy groove (unpleasant). Traversed R to a belay (exposed) and attempted to climb corner with chimney in top half (hard). After some cursing and battling, two kind souls appeared above (on correct start of Dolmen Ridge incidentally) and kindly threw down a rope (downclimbing was not appealing). Up I thrutched and Mrs MB followed more stylishly. We bailed due to time, but will be back now we know where correct start is! Funny how you can make the guidebook fit what you see. Seems stupid now I read it again.
mountainbagger - Lead dnf - 03/May/10 with Mrs Mountainbagger

Hidden - 2nd - May/10

PirateFrog - 2010

Aaron Lines - 2010

Cajb54 - Solo O/S - 2010

Winter conditions, ice axe and crampons, wandered off route a little due to snow
adam clarke - 19/Dec/09 with James Hulme

Hidden - AltLd - 25/Sep/09

asmith37 - AltLd O/S - 08/Aug/09 with Bex Leigh

Lawrence Eccles - Solo O/S - 19/Jul/09 with A. Crook

moving together until the mod pitch up dolmen buttress, then again on upper ridge. upper section of ridge excellent, 3* route. overall mod grade about right- felt more sustained and committing than curved ridge for example
no_more_scotch_eggs - AltLd O/S - 13/Jul/09 with loudfish

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

Hidden - Solo - 12/Jul/09

Rich Kay - Jun/09 with Dave G

best scrambling i've ever done??
Graeme Hammond - Solo O/S - 25/May/09

Hidden - Solo O/S - 2009

Hidden - AltLd O/S - Aug/07

simon_williams6 - Lead O/S - Aug/07

Dave Wearing - Lead - 09/Jun/07 with Sandra Handcock.

Hidden - Lead - 29/May/07

climbed Dolmens, chooing the Mod wall, a great but moe interesting variation instead of stepping round the exposed corner onto the arete. A fanastic route.
neil_baillie - Lead O/S - Oct/06 with Amie Watson

Rich Kay - AltLd - Oct/06

malc - Lead O/S - 28/Jul/06 with RM

Hidden - Solo - 2006

Dave Richards - 22/Oct/05 with Phil Emmott, Evan Lowe

Hidden - AltLd - 29/Sep/05

TGreen - Solo O/S - 2005 with Martin G

Mike Caine - May/04

John Kettle - Solo - 2004

Linked Idwal Staircase, Cniefon Arete and into Dolmen Ridge. Long day.
Zoomer - AltLd - 24/Jun/03 with Ben Abbott

Hidden - Solo - 19/Jan/02

The Bad Cough - AltLd O/S - 02/Dec/01 with Barry Cubbins

top section only
John Marsland - Solo - 30/Jul/01

Gman - AltLd O/S - May/99 with Dan

Dave Toseland - Solo - 1998 with Ken

malky_c - Apr/97

Hidden - Solo O/S - 15/Jan/96

Hidden - Solo - 20/Mar/94

Hidden - 1990

Hidden - Solo - 1990

Iain Thow - Solo - 24/Jan/87

Hidden - Solo - 1980

Simon cook - Solo - Aug/78

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