Vivian Quarry

Climbs 146 – Rocktype Slate – Altitude 300m a.s.l – Faces S

Crag features

Home of the famous Comes The Dervish (E3 5c). Also contains many other easier routes to introduce folk to slate, such as Mental Lentils (HVS 5b) and viciously hard ones (Dawes Of Perception E7 6c). There's also the Bathtime Wall - E4 upwards.

Approach notes

Visible from Pete's Eats. Drive over the bridge and up the road to the Quarry (tourist centre). Park in the car park - check what time it closes.

Access notes

A major rock fall has occured - access to the lower tier, beyond Dawes of Perception slab is very restricted and has been fenced off to protect the public.

There is currently no access to the Psychotherapy slab or any other routes on the lower level in that area; the small bay directly in front of the scuba diving platform has collapsed rendering this area very unsafe and unstable, with more rock likely to come down.

Access to Mental Lentils and other routes immediately near the entrance to the Lower Level is unaffected. Similarly, access to the Middle (Dervish) level and the Upper Levels is also unaffected by this recent rockfall.

The quarry is within the Padarn Country Park, managed by Gwynedd Council. Climbing is tolerated away from the main paths and the owners make it clear that access away from the main paths is entirely at the individual's own risk and offically not encouraged.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

North Wales Climbs (2013), Slate (1992)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGrade
3BrinwellHVS 6a 2
4Boody BuildingHVS 6a 8
5Silvester Still-bornE1 5c 4
6Earwig Ho 87E3 5c 8
7Booby BuildingHVS 5a 10
9One Whell on My WagonE4 5c *1
10Wishing WellE6 6b * 
11Sucked Away with the Scum7c * 
12I Ran the BathE7 6b **2
13BathtimeE5 6a ***8
14Soap on a RopeE4 6a ***49
15Dope on a RopeE5 6a ***6
16Blades of Green TaraE2 5b 5
17Order of the BathE6 6b ** 
19Four Wheel DriftE4 6a  
20Sesame Street comes to LlanberisE3 5c * 
21Le Voleur7c ** 
22Artichokes, Artichokes7b+ ** 
23Aubergines, AuberginesE1 5b  
25Blue Touch PaperE2 5c  
26Poetry in MotionE3 5c  
27Wave Out on the OceanE1 5a  
28The Blind BuddhaE2 5a ***6
29Stump RogersE4 6b  
30PsychotherapyE2 5c **522
31Cat Flaps of PerceptionE4 6a 4
32Imperial LeatherE4 6b 1
33Working up a LatherE4 6b 2
34Spread 'emE4 5c  
35The Sponge that Walked AwayE1 5a 6
36Wendy DollE2 5b *30
37Two Bolts or Not to Be7b+ **1
38Bobby's Groove8a ***2
39The Weetabix Connection6c+ **30
40The Golden ShowerE3 6a 4
41Tower of PowerVS 5a 1
42The Hong Jagged Route of DeathE3 5b 2
43Heinous CreatureE5 6a 5
44Sanity FairE3 5b 7
45Sanity ClawsE5 6a 4
46Fat Lad Exam FailureE6 6b 1
47Clap PleaseE7 6c  
49Split the DogE3 5c 2
50Dawes of PerceptionE7 6c **1
51Time Bandit7a *24
52Mental LentilsHVS 5a *970
53The Monster KittenE1 5c **360
54Ladder ResistE3 6a 65
55Moving BeingE4 6b **18
56The East Face of VivianE2 5c ***14
58Watching the Sin SetE5 6b/c **2
59Sup 1E1 5a 5
60TeliffantE4 6a *2
61Sup 2E4 6a *2
62The Shark that Blocked the DrainE6 6b * 
63Wakey, Wakey, Hands off SnakeyE4 6a *3
64On ShiteE4 5c *1
65Too Bald to be BoldE2 5c *64
66The Dwarf in the ToiletE6 6b ** 
67Gideon's WayE4 6a *2
68Sabre DanceE3 5b * 
69Bungle in the JungleE1 5b  
71Lentil in a StewHVS 5a 6
72Legs TogetherE2 5b 2
73Legs AkimboE2 5b 3
74Feet ApartE3 6b 1
75Love Minus ZeroE6 6a **1
76Down to ZeroE3 5b 1
77Yak KakXS  
78Age Concern?? 2
79Bong to LunchHVS 4c 1
80Frustrated LustHVS 5a  
81The Moon Head Egg Monster From AllsupE1 4c  
83NostromoE4 6b *7
84NostradamusE4 6b * 
85Menapausal Discharge8a+ **1
86Colditz7b+ *2
87Young and Easy Under the Apple BoughsE4 6a **8
88Manic Strain8a ***8
89Gin Palace7c ***23
90Child's Play7b+ **4
91Hymen SnapperE5 5c * 
93Reefer MadnessE3 5c *5
94For Whom the Bell TollsE6 6b *3
95Menstrual GossipE6 6b *7
96Comes the DervishE3 5c ***757
97FlashdanceE5 6a **84
98BelldanceE5 6b *5
99Flashdance/BelldanceE5 6b ***6
100BreakdanceE7 6b ** 
101Last Tango in ParisE2 5b ***630
102Wendy Doll (pitch 3)E1 5b 13
103Swinging by the BellE5 6a *6
105The GullyVS 5a  
106Mister, Mister6b *22
107The Full Monty6a *44
108Slate's Slanting CrackE2 5b 4
109Foetal AttractionE4 5c  
110Menage a TroisE4 6b **3
111The Sweetest TabooE4 6a **40
112The Direct StartE4 6b *2
113Never as SweetE4 6b **3
114Never as Good as the First TimeE3 5c **110
115Is it a Crime?E3 5c **161
116That Obscure Object of DesireVS 4b 7
117The Spark that Set the FlameE5 6b *2
118Smokeless ZoneE4 6b *5
119You can dance if You Want toHVS 5a 3
120VivanderHVS 5a 1
121The Turkey ChantE2 5c **39
123Throttle With Bottle??  
124BinmanHVS 5a  
125Abus DangereuxE2 5b 1
126FalloutVS 4c 1
127Songbird6a 9
128The Manimal6b+ **7
129Baby Nina Soils her PantsVS 4b 7
130Night of the Hot KnivesE3 5c *2
131Tribal BlowE6 6b *1
132Solvent AbuseE3 5b 1
133Under the GlassHVS 5a 3
134The VelociraptorE2 5c *3
136Truffle Hunter's Roof6b+ **17
137Satires of CircumstanceE2 5b  
138Jumping the GunE1 5b 5
139Puff PuffE2 5c  
140A Tourmegamite ExperienceVS  
141One Step BeyondE2 6a *6
142Two ToneE2 6a **18
143The MadnessE2 5c **63
144Silly on SlateHVS 4c *2
145Private SmellsE5 6b *4
146Private Smells DirectE5 6b * 
147General OdoursE4 6a *4
148Ritter SportE3 5c **44
150Pas da Dutchy6a 5
151Pas de Chevre7b **2
152Ride of the ValkyriesE2 5c **1
153Power Tool Ressurection7a *1
155Faulty TowersE2 5c  
156CaleduwlchE4 6a * 
157Dog Day DogfishVS 4c 11
158Top LevelE2 5b 1
159Surreal MirrorE1 5b/c 1
160The Missing LinkE2 5c/6a 5
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if you ever get a big freeze -10c for a few days the watertrickle on the base level r/h side becomes a 28m ,grade 7/8 water ice wall.
ben wray - 10/Apr/02