Idwal Slabs (aka Cwm Idwal)

Climbs 106 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 479m a.s.l – Faces W

Crag features
Spectacular climbing, set in some of the grandest mountain scenery in Wales; slab-routes galore at every grade. Mainly multi-pitch routes to 160 metres. Must dos for visitors include "Tennis Shoe" (HS), "Suicide Wall Route 1" (E2) and "Hope" (VDiff), all multi-starred classics. Beware of falling sheep.

Grades as per the 2010 CC Ogwen guide.

Access notes
20 to 25 minutes walk along the trail from Ogwen Cottage.

Guidebooks
North Wales Climbs (2013), North Wales Classics (2010), Ogwen (2010), North Wales Rock (2006), Scrambles & Easy Climbs in Snowdonia (2005), Ogwen and Carneddau (1993), Welsh Winter Climbs (1988)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
 EAST WALL  
2Game, Set and MatchE6 6b ** 
3Hargreaves' Slab and WallVD 19
4Y GrugE3 5c *2
5Heather WeaknessVD 1
6Heather WallVS 4c **118
7London LadyE2 5b 4
8Rake End ChimneyS 5
9Rake End WallE1 5b 2
10The Ebony TowerE2 5c *3
11Ash Tree WallVS 4c *23
12Ash Tree Wall - The Stepped Corner StartVS 4b 5
13Route 5VD 1
14Grooved WallHS 11
15East Wall GirdleVS 4c **104
16Slim Pick Long FlapE4 6b  
 SUICIDE WALL  
18Suicide GrooveE1 5b **43
19Suicide Groove - Direct FinishE2 5b **9
20JailbreakE4 6a *1
21Suspended SentenceE3 5c *7
22Last RitesE3 6a 7
23Penal ServitudeE4 5c **19
24Suicide Wall Route 2E2 5b *84
25Capital PunishmentE3 5c ***84
26Juvenile DelinquentE7 6b *1
27Death RowE3 5c 1
28Mur y Meirwon (Wall of the Dead)E5 6b **13
29DecomposedE6 6b **2
30Y Meirwon BywE5 6a 1
31Suicide Wall Route 1E2 5c ***160
32ZeroE7 6b ***4
33Solitary ConfinementE2 5b *1
34The GarotteE4 6a ** 
 IDWAL SLABS  
36The West TraverseVD 1
37Tennis ShoeHS 4b **1465
38Tennis Shoe - The Direct StartE1 5a **295
39Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct StartS 4b 76
40The Ordinary RouteD *1583
41Quartz EliminateVS 4b 35
42CharityS *744
43Central RibHS 4b 123
44HopeVD ***2121
45GeographyVD 17
46Slabs EliminateVS 4b 15
47FaithVD **661
48Subwall ClimbHS 4b 40
 HOLLY TREE WALL  
50Cinderella's TwinS 14
51CinderellaHS 4a 32
52The Scone RunE2 5c **4
53Rampart CornerE1 5c **103
54The RampartVS 5a 12
55Original RouteVS 5a **444
56Original Route - Wall VariationsVS 5a **53
57GobagapeE2 5b *2
58(Don't Use a) Piton BladeHVS 5a *16
59Piton RouteVS 4c *125
60Other KingdomS  
61LazarusS 4a *954
62Karabiner RouteHS 4b  
63Javelin GullyHS 4b *72
64Javelin BladeE1 5b **112
65Javelin AirgliderE2 5c 1
66Javelin ButtressVS 4c *252
67Wavelength TouchE2 5c 5
68One More CalorieE5 6b  
69Balcony CracksVS 4c 9
70Girdle Traverse of Holly Tree WallVS 4c *4
 CONTINUATION WALL  
72The AreteVD *497
73The Upper StaircaseD 83
74Continuation CrackHVS 5a *244
75Shaking CrackE1 5a **5
76Groove AboveS 4b *519
77Diagonal RouteVS 5a 36
78Invisible ThreadHVS 5a 6
79Lava Slab LeftVS 4b 3
80Lava Slab RightVS 4b 3
 WEST WALL  
82Teenage MenopauseE7 6b *1
83DemetreusE3 6a **48
84Saint's WallVD 2
85Faith West FinishS *7
86Sinner's CornerVS 4c  
87Wrong RouteVD  
88Rowan Tree SlabsE2 5c **43
89Thinking of the GirlE2 5c  
90PenthouseHVS 5a *4
91Bread LineE2 5c *5
92RyvitaHVS 5b *2
93Last ExitVS 4c *2
94Summer PuddingE1 5b *3
 IDWAL BUTTRESS  
96Sluice JuiceE4 5c 1
97Thorfinn SkullsplitterE4 6a 1
98Homicide WallE3 5c **21
99The Hangman's ReturnE4 6a *1
100LlofruddwyrE4 5c  
101Pocket WallS 4a *4
102Idwal ButtressD 55
103Red SlabD 20
104Goat SlabD 11
 SCRAMBLES  
106Seniors' Ridge1 *110
107Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge2 *73
108Idwal Staircase and Continuation2 **141
109North-West Face Route2 *64
 WINTER ROUTES  
111East Wall GullyI/II 79
112White HopeIII *7
113Introductory GullyII *50
114Seniors Gully1 1
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USER FEEDBACKLogin as Existing User to add your comments
Thanks to the guys who helped me out at Idwal yesterday (19/05/08) when I fell off. I took a big fall of the top of the first pitch of tennis shoe and landed in a nice soft muddy bog at the bottom of the route! The fella who got my gear back down asked me to post on here to let him know how I was doing which is ok, sprained ankle and a few cuts and bruises!
si_green99 - 19/May/08
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