Craig Yr Ysfa

Climbs 80 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude ? – Faces E

Crag features
This extensive mountain crag has many historic and classic routes, eg the splendid Amphitheatre Buttress (*** VDiff), all 960 ft of it, undoubtedly a contender for the best VDiff in the UK. Multi-pitch routes to 300m+, with Mur Y Niwl (VS) and Aura (E2) also worth doing.

Access notes
A few hundred metres west of Helyg on the Capel Curig to Bangor road (A5) is the start of a tarmac access road (SH687603) which strikes directly up the hillside northwards. Parking is available at Gwern Gof Isaf, some 200 metres towards Bangor. Rapid entry is required by the Mountain Rescue Teams and the farmer, so do NOT park in front ofthe locked gate! Follow the tarmac road through several gates to a fairly level section. Just where the road bears left, fork off right along a narrow footpath over a rise to a contour above the llyn; this is the Ffynnon Llugwy, Spring of the Conwy. The path then strikes up the hillside to zigzags and Bwlch Eryl Farchog (Pass of Eryl the Knight). Either follow paths down to the base of the crags or continue up the ridge above the cliff to the top of the Amphitheatre. Approx one hour from the road.

Guidebooks
North Wales Climbs (2013), North Wales Classics (2010), North Wales Rock (2006), Ogwen and Carneddau (1993)

Climbs at this crag

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41D GullyM
42The CrackVS 4c
43PlumbaginE1 5b *
44Solid AirE3 5c **
45Turn The Centuries, TurnE3 6a *
46AuraE2 5b ***
47GriseofulvinE3 5c *
48Mur y NiwlVS 4c ***
49Mur Y Niwl DirectHVS 5a *
50FaenaldoE3 5c
51AmadeusE4 6a **
52Mother Of MercyE5 6a **
53AgrippaE1 5a **
54Craig Yr Ysfa Amphitheatre2 *
55Girdle Traverse Of The Lower Amphitheatre WallE1 5b ***
56LimaxVD
57Carpet BaggersE1 5b&a0
58Clean RibVD
59Skyline ChimeyD
60GettysburgHVS 5b *
61The GrimmettVS 4c **
62ExcaliburE2 5b
63Spiral ScratchE2 5b *
64PinnaclissimaE2 5c **
65Ancient's WallE3 5c
66The HauntedE5 6a **
67Pinnacle WallS **
68Sea Of DreamsE3 5c **
69Low ClimbVD
70Nether ClimbS *
71Vanishing GullyVD
72Great GullyVD **
73Great Gully (Winter)IV ***
74Great Gully Left Wall ExitVD
75Great Gully Right Wall ExitVD
76Great Gully Pinnacle DirectVS
77Invisible ChimeyD
78Great Gully WallE2 5b&a0 *
79Shean TreuseVS 4c
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