The mountains surrounding Ogwen are steeped in climbing folklore with some of the earliest modern rock climbs in the UK being recorded on the cliffs and gullies of Tryfan and Cwm Idwal. There is a real 'big' mountain feel to the climbing at Ogwen, but this is mixed with a more relaxed atmosphere that many other upland areas don't share. The ease of access, good footpaths, distant sea views and generally off-vertical cliffs, don't threaten or impose in a daunting way and have been instrumental in the continued popularity of this well-travelled area.
Local Ogwen climber Calum Muskett shares his insider knowledge of this picturesque valley in North Wales.
In reply to Michael Hood: Yes 'he' did after numerous letters to the magazines and apolgised profusely. I shan't name names but it wasn't JR.
Martin Boysen had led the route at E3 sometime earlier - stepping off a lower limb so by cutting down the only visible tree around for miles to add two hard moves caused a major stir. I did the 3rd ascent and was appalled TBH.
If young Callum (who I respect enormously as a climber) did a little research he may well be enlightened - and I'm in no way 'bashing' the youngstar. Ignorance is indeed bliss sometimes.
No hand saws in Ogwen huh.
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