Major Rockfall in Vivian Slate Quarryby Mark Reeves Nov/2013
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There has been a major rockfall in the Vivian Quarry close to Llanberis. The routes that have been directly affected are To Bolt or Not To Be (2 in topo below), Bobby’s Groove (3), Weetabix Connection (4) and The Golden Shower (5). The lower offs for the first two routes are intact and damage to the climbing is likely to be small. The start and finish to Weetabix Connection and Golden Shower look to be more seriously affected and may no longer be climbable.
I have inspected the damage and spoken to the Ken Latham from Park Padarn Country Park. It seems that early on Monday morning (4th Nov) a large section of cliff fell down, an estimated 110 tonnes of rock. This has effected nearly all the route on the Poolside Level for the time being. Although it is possible to climb routes right on Mental Lentils.
In an effort to keep everyone safe, Park Padarn has erected a temporary fence to stop anyone accessing the level beyond Mental Lentils. Ken, one of the Head Warden’s at Park Padarn who is also a climber, asked that all climbers refrain from crossing this temporary fence as there are real concerns that the rock left is still very unstable.
The Park are hoping that the area will stabilise itself over the coming weeks and they will be able to remove the fence and let climbers make their own judgements.
So in summary best to avoid the Poolside Level of Vivian for the time being, that is routes from Pool Level to Dwarf Level in this listing.
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