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Idwal Slabs (aka Cwm Idwal)

Gwynedd, WALES

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.

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Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
2Game, Set and MatchE6 6b ** 
3Hargreaves' Slab and WallVD 18
4Y GrugE3 5c *2
5Heather WeaknessVD 1
6Heather WallVS 4c **115
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 **99
16Slim Pick Long FlapE4 6b  
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 *80
25Capital PunishmentE3 5c ***83
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 ***156
32ZeroE7 6b ***4
33Solitary ConfinementE2 5b *1
34The GarotteE4 6a ** 
36Tennis ShoeHS 4b **1423
37Tennis Shoe - The Direct StartE1 5a **289
38Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct StartS 4b 74
39The Ordinary RouteD *1535
40Quartz EliminateVS 4b 33
41CharityS *715
42Central RibHS 4b 118
43HopeVD ***2069
44GeographyVD 17
45Slabs EliminateVS 4b 14
46FaithVD **642
47Subwall ClimbHS 4b 38
49Cinderella's TwinS 14
50CinderellaHS 4a 30
51The Scone RunE2 5c **4
52Rampart CornerE1 5c **99
53The RampartVS 5a 12
54Original RouteVS 5a **434
55Original Route - Wall VariationsVS 5a **52
56GobagapeE2 5b *2
 Climb nameGradex
57(Don't Use a) Piton BladeHVS 5a *11
58Piton RouteVS 4c *116
59Other KingdomS  
60LazarusS 4a *921
61Karabiner RouteHS 4b  
62Javelin GullyHS 4b *70
63Javelin BladeE1 5b **108
64Javelin AirgliderE2 5c 1
65Javelin ButtressVS 4c *250
66Wavelength TouchE2 5c 5
67One More CalorieE5 6b  
68Balcony CracksVS 4c 9
69Girdle Traverse of Holly Tree WallVS 4c *4
71The AreteVD *477
72The Upper StaircaseD 81
73Continuation CrackHVS 5a *239
74Shaking CrackE1 5a **5
75Groove AboveS 4b *502
76Diagonal RouteVS 5a 35
77Invisible ThreadHVS 5a 6
78Lava Slab LeftVS 4b 3
79Lava Slab RightVS 4b 3
81Teenage MenopauseE7 6b *1
82DemetreusE3 6a **48
83Saint's WallVD 1
84Faith West FinishS *7
85Sinner's CornerVS 4c  
86Wrong RouteVD  
87Rowan Tree SlabsE2 5c **42
88Thinking of the GirlE2 5c  
89PenthouseHVS 5a *4
90Bread LineE2 5c *5
91RyvitaHVS 5b *2
92Last ExitVS 4c *2
93Summer PuddingE1 5b *3
95Sluice JuiceE4 5c 1
96Thorfinn SkullsplitterE4 6a 1
97Homicide WallE3 5c **20
98The Hangman's ReturnE4 6a *1
99LlofruddwyrE4 5c  
100Pocket WallS 4a *4
101Idwal ButtressD 49
102Red SlabD 20
103Goat SlabD 11
105Seniors' Ridge1 *103
106Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge2 *71
107Idwal Staircase and Continuation2 **133
108North-West Face Route2 *63
110East Wall GullyI/II 79
111White HopeIII *7
112Introductory GullyII *50
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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