Moel Y Gest - Foremast and Mainmast buttresses Gwynedd, WALES
Climbs 56 – Rocktype Welsh igneous – Altitude 219m a.s.l – Faces S
Lots of easier routes on solid rock and an impressive panorama of Cardigan Bay
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.
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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:
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