Begin to the right of the main slabs up the overhung black gully. A stream nearly always runs down this. Climb up using small ledges as footholds and step left at a jammed boulder. Continue to emerge on open ground. Walk up aiming for some vaguely orange rocks just left of a vegetated gully. Pick any line and scramble up. Terraces allow lateral movement to avoid difficulties but some steps are tricky and exposed. Keep scrambling to come out on Seniors' Ridge.

Ticklists: Scrambles in Snowdonia - Steve Ashton, North Wales Scrambles - Garry Smith (New White Book).

elclarko 14/Oct -
Martin Davies 25/Jul AltLd O/S

With Paul Lewis as scrambling/moving together day.

Hidden 22/Jul Lead
Hidden 22/Jul 2nd
will5001 19/Jul -
MusicalMountaineer 18/Jul Solo

Nice and easy.

Stuart Russell 17/Jul -

As an approach to the Cneifion Arete

Hidden 17/Jul Lead O/S
Becky 12/Jul Solo dnf

Went off route and got collected by mountain rescue

mff513 06/Jul Lead O/S

Tricky start with what looks to be nasty scrambling but once above the first 10m it eases off and becomes really comfortable.

LJJ77 19/Jun -

In descent on a short rope as practice for Simons MIA

jalqazzaz 14/Jun Solo
quarrtman1 25/May Solo rpt
liebs 07/May Solo
Hidden 06/May AltLd
Tarquin 05/May -
Tadams 23/Apr Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Apr Solo
RuthW 22/Apr Solo O/S

Great route! Contrary to what it says in the guide, I found the first bit the easier bit - Not sure if I got off route a bit or not, but there were a few moves on the continuation that I found pretty hard.

Hidden 27/Mar Solo rpt
mountainremedy 19/Feb AltLd

A soggy scramble on a soggy day!

with Jamie Owen
penyolewen 18/Feb Solo O/S
Lando system 21/Jan -
with James hall
Si ??/2017 -
Graeme Hammond 30/Dec/16 Solo O/S
with Jools
SlavaKuznetsov 28/Dec/16 Lead O/S

Finding the continuation a bit confusing. Apart from that, a nice, varied and atmospheric scramble. Be careful of very slimy and slippery rock when stepping across the waterfall.

with Daniel Sowik
Albe 17/Dec/16 2nd
Sophie Nunn 11/Dec/16 Solo
with Floris
Howard J 11/Dec/16 -
with Fiona Leach, Nick Brakspear
Hidden 04/Dec/16 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Dec/16 Lead O/S
Bede 03/Dec/16 Solo
stonejumper 27/Nov/16 Solo
Gerry_Doncaster 09/Oct/16 Solo

Took me years to find the Staircase in relatively dry condition. Well worth the wait. Very pleasant. Three stars in my book. Continued with a direttissima up the upper slabs before Seniors Ridge and Glyder Fawr summit.

Hidden 22/Sep/16 AltLd O/S
jennym32 18/Sep/16 2nd O/S

Learning scrambling skills

with Chris Allewell
How easy 17/Sep/16 Solo
Hidden 11/Sep/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 27/Aug/16 Solo
Hidden 27/Aug/16 -
Hidden 24/Aug/16 2nd
Dazluke2000 31/Jul/16 Lead
Mark Young 30/Jul/16 Lead
with Ed, Vicky
James Worthington 23/Jul/16 Solo
with Emma
Harry Ellis 07/Jul/16 Solo
jalqazzaz 20/Jun/16 Solo rpt
jalqazzaz 08/Jun/16 Solo
Hidden 30/May/16 Solo
jennifer.hack 19/May/16 -
with Charlie Mackie
quarrtman1 17/May/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 07/May/16 -
Hidden 04/May/16 Solo
ErikWaskiewicz 26/Apr/16 -
with Emlyn
emlynroberts 26/Apr/16 Solo

Nice, started to snow at the top, only got scared once and that was because I tried to climb something silly on the higher bit.

with Erik W
Ian Ackerley 23/Apr/16 Solo
Hidden 22/Apr/16 Solo
Lordnorth 13/Apr/16 2nd

Great conditions; sunny and no wind. First 20 metres were tentative. Route became easier after traversing out of the gully. Some nice steps led us up onto the continuation which was cut short in favour of getting to Cneifion Arete. Checked out some cool striations. Thanks to Mike Raine via PYB for leading and giving us some geology and nature lessons on the way. A memorable day.

Hidden 05/Apr/16 Solo
mark schramm 13/Feb/16 Solo
Hidden 13/Feb/16 Solo
davebrox ??/2016 -
Allanfairfechan ??/2016 Solo
dixiechick ??/2016 -

Scrambling Day 2 MIA Training

with Ambrose, Chris Allewell
Hidden 09/Oct/15 Solo
Stu Meese 05/Oct/15 2nd
cymjt 27/Sep/15 Solo

Pretty dry and good low down, lost the line high up and not so good. Continued over and did cneifion arete as the sun set.

Hidden 27/Sep/15 Lead
91dave 27/Sep/15 AltLd O/S

Moved together / short-pitched

with Dan Wilcox, Lina Arthur
Hannes B 14/Sep/15 Solo
Hidden 08/Sep/15 Solo
Yoshi 11/Aug/15 Solo O/S

WITH the continuation!

with Mike
Hidden 11/Aug/15 Lead
Mike505 11/Aug/15 Solo O/S

Without the continuation.

with Henry
gazj1986 09/Aug/15 AltLd
Hidden 02/Aug/15 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Jul/15 Lead
Hidden 18/Jul/15 Lead
Michael Morrell 14/Jul/15 2nd
sparkybatteryboy 10/Jul/15 Solo
Paul Sedgwick ?/Jul/15 Solo
squicky 23/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

As a decent. Alpine practice, so big boots and a pack.

with Iris, John
Hidden 20/Jun/15 -
Hidden 15/Jun/15 Lead
Lynn Robin 13/Jun/15 -
PanzerHanzler 13/Jun/15 -

Continuation only as a finish to Idwal Buttress

with Simon H, Lynn Robin
pie_eater_pete 04/Jun/15 -
Hidden 24/May/15 Solo O/S
PeteMc 24/May/15 Solo
Hidden 12/May/15 Solo
Hidden 04/May/15 Solo
deejmonkey 04/May/15 Solo

Running with water which made for some spicy scrambling!

with Tom
Simon Caldwell 02/May/15 Solo

Staircase very wet, continuation very snowy

with Mike S, Carmen
Hidden 02/May/15 Solo
Avinash Aujayeb ?/May/15 -
Hidden 30/Apr/15 Lead O/S
SarahDunnill 30/Apr/15 2nd O/S
jimorothy 21/Apr/15 Solo

Absolutely superb, in glorious weather. Wonderful contrast of 'dark and enclosed', with 'light and airy'. Kept going up Senior's Ridge to Summit of Glyder Fawr and seemed to have Snowdonia to myself!

Hidden 19/Apr/15 Solo
Hidden 06/Apr/15 Solo
Hidden 04/Apr/15 Solo
Wesley Orvis 28/Mar/15 Solo
Laira 17/Jan/15 -

I spent the last year sat on my derriere so my fitness has been lacking. Technically the scramble was ok, but I found it hard due to lack of stamina and also mentally when we got to a very exposed bit. Need to work on my dutch courage. All in all, a really enjoyable climb.

TomGB 17/Jan/15 Solo
with Vicki Cox, Stewart Moody
Hidden 17/Jan/15 Solo O/S
TAG_UTLEY 17/Jan/15 Solo O/S
with Georgia
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden ??/2015 -
Hidden 29/Nov/14 Solo
hamishjfk 29/Nov/14 Solo O/S

Bit damp

with Georg seywald
Hidden 12/Nov/14 Solo
Hidden 29/Oct/14 Solo
static266 26/Oct/14 Solo

Staircase section fun but stream fast-flowing, continuation hard to follow - ended up topping out close to top of Seniors Gully.

Hidden 07/Oct/14 Solo
Hidden 05/Oct/14 Solo
Hidden 28/Sep/14 -
Hidden 21/Sep/14 Solo
Hidden 16/Sep/14 Solo
JenRoberts 04/Sep/14 2nd
with Emma Warren, Ollie
Hidden 26/Aug/14 Solo
Hidden 21/Aug/14 Lead rpt
Hidden 09/Aug/14 -
HB-Pencil 03/Aug/14 Lead
kivell 02/Aug/14 -
Hidden 31/Jul/14 Solo
Rich Clague 21/Jul/14 AltLd
Hidden 16/Jul/14 Lead
LJC 15/Jul/14 Solo

On ML training.

Hidden 08/Jul/14 Lead
Street 05/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden 20/Jun/14 Solo
Hidden 15/Jun/14 Solo
Josh Plimbley 08/Jun/14 Solo O/S
gavin.smith 25/May/14 -
Hidden 15/May/14 Solo
ali macphee 27/Apr/14 Solo
carl_123 26/Apr/14 Solo
yelotango ??/2014 Solo
Nick Biven ??/2014 -
Kate Edhouse ??/2014 Solo O/S
egor ??/2014 Solo
with Katy
Lmt ?/Dec/13 -
Hidden 25/Nov/13 Solo
Hidden 23/Nov/13 AltLd
Matt707 12/Oct/13 Solo O/S

really enjoyed it and wetter than i thought it would be

Hidden 04/Oct/13 -
Hidden 04/Oct/13 AltLd O/S
Nick Webb 08/Sep/13 Solo O/S

Slippy when wet!!! :)

with Dave burgess, Paul hughes
Hidden 02/Sep/13 Solo
Danbow73 23/Aug/13 Solo O/S
bissybisgrove 24/Jul/13 2nd

seconded, some anchor building.

Hidden 16/Jul/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 09/Jul/13 Solo
flying el burro 30/Jun/13 -

Fantastic scramble

with Iwona Tomasiak, Dan Bateson, Aoife McNally, Richard Sore
Hidden 25/Jun/13 2nd
Hidden 16/Jun/13 Solo
Tarquin 01/Jun/13 -
Hidden 26/May/13 Lead
Hidden 24/May/13 Solo
tsl42 02/May/13 Solo O/S
with Tim Mercer
lithos ??/2013 -
with all sorts
tim20 ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
lost.arrow 25/Nov/12 Solo rpt
with Mike Nolan
CurlyStevo ?/Jul/12 Lead

Done in walking boots, soloed or moved together through most of it, pitched the odd section. We found the upper line to be rather indefinite and quite easy to get on ground that felt harder than a scramble. Did same day as cneifon arete

with Rob
runestone 19/Jun/12 Solo
Hidden 19/Jun/12 Solo
Hidden 05/Jun/12 AltLd
Hidden 06/May/12 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/May/12 Solo
Hidden ?/May/12 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/May/12 Solo
miketangokilo ?/Apr/12 Lead O/S
shed_hed 31/Mar/12 Solo
with Catherine Lawrence
cherad 21/Mar/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2012 Lead
alan moore ??/2012 -
malc 29/Dec/11 Solo

Only to top of the stream

with Paul Scott
Sy Finch 12/Nov/11 Lead rpt

The continuation only,after first half of north-west face route. had to pull heather up on the rope on the the few hard bits.

Hidden 29/Oct/11 AltLd
djking1983 22/Oct/11 Solo O/S
Sy Finch 15/Oct/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 25/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
Lawrie Brand 04/Aug/11 Solo O/S
with Mel, Tom Sampson, Matt Etheridge
mysterion 02/Aug/11 -

Tried to stay parallel to vegetated gully on continuation but failed to find way over bulbous slabs near top so trended left on quartz ledge to find myself finishing up last section of direct approach to seniors ridge.

Cardi 04/Jul/11 Solo O/S
with John L
Tom Hecht 10/Jun/11 Solo β

(continuation up Cneifion!)

with Ben Chambers, Craig Letham
Hidden 05/Jun/11 -
Tom Livingstone 05/May/11 Solo
Hidden 16/Apr/11 -
samrad 02/Apr/11 Solo

part 1 of big scramble/run day. was in waterfall conditions. got soaked through :)

with james G
farmus21 02/Apr/11 Solo

Part one of our mad run... Good fun with the stream in full gushing nick

with Sam Radcliffe
Hidden 02/Mar/11 Lead
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
bsmedz ??/2011 -
Hidden 22/Nov/10 AltLd
industrialiceman 04/Sep/10 Lead
Hidden ?/Jul/10 -
Rachel Kingham 05/Jun/10 -
atyson1 22/May/10 Solo O/S
amthalmann 15/May/10 Solo O/S
Hidden ?/Mar/10 Solo
marc1967 ??/2010 Solo O/S
Hidden 12/Dec/09 AltLd
Hidden 12/Dec/09 Lead
adam clarke 08/Aug/09 AltLd

Continuation only, following Ordinary Route from Idwal Slabs into Cwm Cniefion. 'Interesting' Mad Jim variants taken en route

with James Hulme, Hannah Hulme Hunter
Hidden 18/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
Carl Simmons 18/Jun/09 -

used as part of JSMEL Assessment. Very Wet.

Katie86 ?/May/09 AltLd O/S

Good climb, hot day.

with Dave George
John HW 18/Apr/09 Lead
with Rhys HW, Ben HW, Cath
Hidden 18/Apr/09 2nd
Ben HW 18/Apr/09 2nd
with John HW
Richard Holowka ?/Mar/09 Solo

Just Staircase. Very Slimey and was raining as well.

MarkFoster ??/2009 -
Hidden ??/2009 -
Hidden 21/Oct/08 2nd
A Crook 04/Oct/08 Lead
Hidden 21/Sep/08 Solo O/S
Chris Manasseh ?/Aug/08 -
Hidden 11/May/08 Solo rpt
Hidden 10/May/08 Solo
chriswitts1 04/Apr/08 Lead O/S

Start is horribly wet and slimy. No pro for about 6 - 8m. Weather was poor, but improved later on.

with Ian Witts
finter22 10/Feb/08 Solo

carried on to cneifon arete

TGreen 02/Feb/08 Solo O/S
with Martin G
Rosie Henstock 02/Feb/08 Solo O/S
Hidden 01/Jan/08 Solo rpt
Hidden ?/Dec/07 Solo
industrialiceman 10/Nov/07 Solo
industrialiceman 10/Nov/07 Lead
John HW 27/Oct/07 Solo
Hidden 26/Aug/07 Solo
Hidden 25/Aug/07 Solo
bms 30/Jul/07 Solo
with BCS
Hidden 29/Apr/07 Solo O/S
malc 22/Apr/07 Lead O/S
with Rick and Nick
Sean Kelly ??/2007 -
Hidden ??/2007 -
timmy-ts ??/2007 -
Punters ?/Jun/06 Lead dog
Hidden 30/Apr/06 AltLd
mikelaing ??/2006 -
John Kettle ??/2006 Solo
Hidden 30/Sep/05 AltLd
Mike Peacock 21/Sep/05 -
with Si Oakley & Pete Early
Hidden 29/May/05 Solo
bms 11/Apr/05 Solo
with BCS
Hidden ??/2005 -
Hidden ??/2005 2nd
malc ?/Apr/04 Solo
Hidden 17/Jan/04 Solo
Zoomer 24/Jun/03 AltLd

On Advanced JSMEL course.

with Ben Abbott
broc 06/Nov/02 Solo
nrg8125 18/Oct/02 AltLd
Hidden ??/2002 Lead
crossdressingrodney 22/Oct/00 Solo O/S
with Hill and Mountain Walking
Jonny M ??/2000 Solo O/S
Tom M Williams ??/2000 Solo
pigeonjim ??/2000 Lead O/S
Ashley Hold 16/Aug/98 Solo
Hidden ??/1998 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Aug/95 -
Mike_T0501 23/Aug/95 Solo
malky_c ?/Jul/95 Solo
Hidden 20/Mar/94 Solo
jlury ?/Nov/88 -
Iain Thow 15/Sep/84 Solo
with Paul Eastwood
Hidden ??/1980 Solo
Rob Davies 24/Jul/77 Solo
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