In the Ogwen valley. It's grade 3. Is it a walk or a trouser filler. How does the gradient compare to Idwal Slabs?
> In the Ogwen valley. It's grade 3. Is it a walk or a trouser filler. How does the gradient compare to Idwal Slabs?
Checked my logbook and only done Left Edge.
That was excellent
Maybe easy to you. That slab is very bold, huge so very exposed, and belays are tricky. It's not a scramble in any respect. I've not done the ridge so can't comment. Left Edge to the right is a fabulous climb one of my favourites at it's grade in the UK.
> Maybe easy to you. That slab is very bold, huge so very exposed, and belays are tricky. It's not a scramble in any respect. I've not done the ridge so can't comment. Left Edge to the right is a fabulous climb one of my favourites at it's grade in the UK.
You've made me think and look at my logbook and I'm meaning "left edge" You are correct.
Forget the comments on the slab, although it looked good.
Not done it, but looks cracking! Looks great for moving together with 10m or so of rope and some gear between you.
Thinking of soloing it and walking up to Y Garn. Does everything come to hand or do you have to think?
Hmmm... Unless you bottle it and go up an easy gully instead it will feel committing despite being a little shallower angle than Idwal slabs (as far as I remember). That area is remote and and often desserted. But that's a reason that attracts people. Could be a lovely scramble could be very unnerving unless you are really comfortable soloing slabs. Don't bite off more than you can chew. If you're rock solid confident and competent... Go for it
Sound advice. Can you escape if it gets too gnarly? Whilst doing Brim Fell slabs I always felt I could traverse off if I'd wanted to.
Looks more equivalent to the Dubh slabs to me than Brim Fell Slabs. It doesn't look very escapable at all: https://www.ukhillwalking.com/photos/dbpage.php?id=326520#&gid=null&pid=1
From the logbooks, it looks as though many people use a rope but that the best way to experience it is probably as a solo providing you're very confident. Some pitched it; some soloed; some people moved together; some people claimed there was no gear; other people claimed there was gear. Most people found the climbing straightforward. Someone reported jugs. Some people said there were a couple of slightly tricky patches.
If I do it at some point, my approach would probably depend on my partner. I haven't done it, by the way - only commenting because it looks like a good line.
Regret not doing Atlantic slab as I heard its an ancient up tilted seabed and you'd be using the fossilised sand ripples as holds. Contemplate deep time if you're not concentrating on survival......
We used a rope & think that once committed easiest to continue to top- lovely route.
We did it last summer in approach shoes and a minimal rack and 30 metre rope.
I'm neither brave nor particularly good at climbing but we romped it, moving as a roped pair, and had a thoroughly lovely day out!
It's the ridge that runs along the top of Atlantic slabs and is a fair scramble - depends on your experience and confidence. Routes on the slabs are like Idwal - only longer and with less gear, but the edge is great. Best slab climbs are on the red slab lower down and are superb if your feeling bold. Had a great day on there with my mate Len and did loads of routes - up and down. a proper alpine day out all solo.
Done it a few times, I don't climb, only scramble solo and I've found it easy enough, no nervy moments.
Always found it a very enjoyable outing, well worth the effort of the initial walk to the start. I usually come back via Y Garn bit with a detour to Elidir Fawr thrown in.
There had been a huge mudslide onto the road at the start last time I did it (last August), totally wiped out the usual path so that made getting to the scramble quite interesting!
I found left edge to have plenty of gear on it if you look for it, apart from a bit of a runout on the crux but that can be avoided by going right to some cracks. I don't know why it has a reputation for being so bold. Maybe if it's somebody's first route after learning on the Idwal Slabs or Little Tryfan it will feel bold, as you can't lace Left Edge up like a route on a training crag, but there is plenty there. Just my opinion though.
Who said Left Edge is bold? Fairly well protected in my view.
I think I read it in a guidebook somewhere and on a couple of threads on here.
There's a lot of slabs and routes up there, on some you can escape to the side and find a grassy scramble route up, but on the more sparsely protected routes especially in the middle of slabs you are committed for big chunks of the route. It's a lovely wild setting so don't be put off, just cautious to eyeball the options before you start. Enjoy!!
>... ... ... There had been a huge mudslide onto the road at the start last time I did it (last August)... ...
Bloomin Eck!! I was there towards end August last year, let's say it was a bit wet and windy!! A5 closed landslide, lots of poor folk flooded out in various places. In the midst of all that a rock threw up by someone in other direction and smashed my windscreen, had a total epic trip and it wasn't even the climbing.
Edit: had taken my son to give him his first real taste of some outdoors adventure. We went for snakes and ladders, there was a LOT of water pouring in to Australia. The tunnel at top of snake was full of water, well just about everything was full of water! I think I put him off a bit perhaps as a first introduction it was more flavour than he was after. Maybe when he's another year older I'll try again, apart from the broken windscreen, I loved it
Pottered up Hawkwind which is adjacent to this. Funky geology and a thoroughly enjoyable morning