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.

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
2Game, Set and MatchE6 6b **
3Hargreaves' Slab and WallVD
4Y GrugE3 5c *
5Heather WeaknessVD
6Heather WallVS 4c **
7London LadyE2 5b
8Rake End ChimneyS
9Rake End WallE1 5b
10The Ebony TowerE2 5c *
11Ash Tree WallVS 4c *
12Ash Tree Wall - The Stepped Corner StartVS 4b
13Route 5VD
14Grooved WallHS
15East Wall GirdleVS 4c **
16Slim Pick Long FlapE4 6b
18Suicide GrooveE1 5b **
19Suicide Groove - Direct FinishE2 5b **
20JailbreakE4 6a *
21Suspended SentenceE3 5c *
22Last RitesE3 6a
23Penal ServitudeE4 5c **
24Suicide Wall Route 2E2 5b *
25Capital PunishmentE3 5c ***
26Juvenile DelinquentE7 6b *
27Death RowE3 5c
28Mur y Meirwon (Wall of the Dead)E5 6b **
29DecomposedE6 6b **
30Y Meirwon BywE5 6a
31Suicide Wall Route 1E2 5c ***
32ZeroE7 6b ***
33Solitary ConfinementE2 5b *
34The GarotteE4 6a **
36The West TraverseVD
37Tennis ShoeHS 4b **
38Tennis Shoe - The Direct StartE1 5a **
39Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct StartS 4b
40The Ordinary RouteD *
41Quartz EliminateVS 4b
42CharityS *
43Central RibHS 4b
44HopeVD ***
46Slabs EliminateVS 4b
47FaithVD **
48Subwall ClimbHS 4b
50Cinderella's TwinS
51CinderellaHS 4a
52The Scone RunE2 5c **
53Rampart CornerE1 5c **
54The RampartVS 5a
55Original RouteVS 5a **
56Original Route - Wall VariationsVS 5a **
57GobagapeE2 5b *
58(Don't Use a) Piton BladeHVS 5a *
59Piton RouteVS 4c *
60Other KingdomS
61LazarusS 4a *
62Karabiner RouteHS 4b
63Javelin GullyHS 4b *
64Javelin BladeE1 5b **
65Javelin AirgliderE2 5c
66Javelin ButtressVS 4c *
67Wavelength TouchE2 5c
68One More CalorieE5 6b
69Balcony CracksVS 4c
70Girdle Traverse of Holly Tree WallVS 4c *
72The AreteVD *
73The Upper StaircaseD
74Continuation CrackHVS 5a *
75Shaking CrackE1 5a **
76Groove AboveS 4b *
77Diagonal RouteVS 5a
78Invisible ThreadHVS 5a
79Lava Slab LeftVS 4b
80Lava Slab RightVS 4b
82Teenage MenopauseE7 6b *
83DemetreusE3 6a **
84Saint's WallVD
85Faith West FinishS *
86Sinner's CornerVS 4c
87Wrong RouteVD
88Rowan Tree SlabsE2 5c **
89Thinking of the GirlE2 5c
90PenthouseHVS 5a *
91Bread LineE2 5c *
92RyvitaHVS 5b *
93Last ExitVS 4c *
94Summer PuddingE1 5b *
96Sluice JuiceE4 5c
97Thorfinn SkullsplitterE4 6a
98Homicide WallE3 5c **
99The Hangman's ReturnE4 6a *
100LlofruddwyrE4 5c
101Pocket WallS 4a *
102Idwal ButtressD
103Red SlabD
104Goat SlabD
106Seniors' Ridge1 *
107Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge2 *
108Idwal Staircase and Continuation2 **
109North-West Face Route2 *
111East Wall GullyI/II
112White HopeIII *
113Introductory GullyII *
114Seniors Gully1
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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
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