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Moel Y Gest - Foremast and Mainmast buttresses

Gwynedd, WALES

Climbs 56 – Rocktype Welsh igneous – Altitude 219m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features
Lots of easier routes on solid rock and an impressive panorama of Cardigan Bay

Access notes
Follow the footpath leading up from the A497 Porthmadog to Criccieth road. Park at a small layby near the 30/40mph signs. Follow the path up past an old quarry to a stile, go up to a col and turn right up a path. After a second stile (collapsed), head for the western summit of Moel Y Gest, then drop down to a col and then to a stone wall. Follow this rightward to Mainmast and Bulkhead Buttresses. Foremast is directly above Tyddyn Llwyn Caravan Park. Drop down from the first col and follow the wall rightward to reach a scree slope underneath the crag. The routes are poor and not worth the effort.

Weather forecast

 Today  Sun  Mon  Tue  Wed 

28.4mm rain
Cloudy
16 °C
20 kph

3.1mm rain
Cloudy
15 °C
32 kph

0.0mm rain
Sun
16 °C
8 kph

2.6mm rain
Mainly cloudy
19 °C
15 kph

36.1mm rain
Cloudy
18 °C
24 kph
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Guidebooks
Tremadog (2010)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 SUMMIT CLIFF  
2Arafa DonVS 4c *8
3Mor o DristwchVS 4c *11
4Ceidwad y GoleudyHVS 5a **12
5Leech LineHVS 5b 1
6CrosstreesVD  
7Loblolly BoyVS 4b **8
8Belaying PinVD 1
 MAINMAST BUTTRESS  
10Ship ShapeE1 5b *2
11Bristol FashionE1 5c  
12Mizzon TopD  
13The CatheadVS 4b *5
14Mizzen ShroudsD 2
15The CatwalkD 12
16Alas Poor YoricS 4b 7
17Half MastS 1
18The Crow's NestD 12
19The Dog WatchE2 5c **2
20Jacob's LadderHS 4b *6
21Wardroom DeckheadVD 5
22Wardroom HatchVD  
23Wardroom SlabS 2
24The Fo' CastleHVS 5a 4
25Wardroom CrackVD 17
26SidebuoysS 4a 16
27Cat o' Nine TailsVS 4c *19
28Monkey's Island SuperdirectS *24
29Monkey's Island DirectS 21
30The DirectissimaVS 4c **17
 Climb nameGradex
31The BridgeHVS 5a **4
32Starboard GangwayD 3
33Port GangwayD 1
34Sailor Bob's Furry Spru StoolHVS 5b *13
35Signal BridgeVD *6
 BULKHEAD BUTTRESS  
37Look Back In AnchorS 20
38Cantre'r GwaelodVS 4c *19
39Antur MadogE1 5b 21
40Oh Captan, My CaptainVS 4c *6
41Black Ball LineVS 4c **3
42Fore-and-AftVS 4c * 
43Das BootE1 5c *3
44Lieutenant O HurraVS 5a 3
45Llongau MadogVS 4b *8
46Ancient MarinerHS 4b *18
47Mynd I Bala Ar y Cwch BananaE2 5c **4
48Shiver Me TimbersE1 5b 9
49Yellow FeverVS 4c 9
50Sea FeverHVS 4c 11
51Edrych Tuag AdreVS 4c  
52Avast BehindHS 4b *44
53Mynd i ForioVS 5a *29
54Fflat Huw PuwVS 5a *24
55Bulkhead RouteD 21
 FOREMAST BUTTRESS  
57The Gun TurretVD 4a  
58ForestayD  
59Bulwark SlabD  
60CutlassD  
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Went to Bulkhead buttress, well worth a visit, definite sun trap and after raining just before first climb rock had dried completely by second climb with little sun. Grading easy most climbs would knock a grade off but maybe this is just because i'm used to climbing more popular routes. Lovely place
Sol Armer - 12/Apr/13

very usefull topo guide can be found here: http://attachments.wetpaintserv.us/vGPrIZ7Mste%24lJt7yexJ3g%3D%3D1388349
George_Surf - 05/Aug/11

I found the crag easy to locate an locate the routes once i had fond the twin flakes mentioned on the Bulkhead route. The foot of the crag was rather over grown with ferns in August that only hindered us slightly. Given this and its locaton next to everdry tremadog i would think it would make a good alternative to the busy cliffs during autum and winter. Definatly one crag i will be visiting again.
richw2k2 - 10/Aug/06

We found the guidebook unhelpful, and the buttresses difficult to identify. Foremast buttress was difficult to find under all the vegetation.
LittleDom - 16/Mar/05