Begins on the buttress right of the Idwal Staircase. The scrambling starts by the stream the path crosses. Climb up a heather and rock runnel on the buttress for some distance until you reach a gully. Walk up this for a couple of metres to come out above the buttress. Head right and climb (or bypass) a small free-standing buttress then walk up to the grass couloir descending from Seniors' Ridge. High above is a quartz band; the scramble crosses this. Scramble up on rock to the right of the couloir (great holds) then trend right to gain the sloping quartz ledge. From here scramble leftwards (choice of line) to reach Seniors' Ridge.

Note that the North-West Face Route and Idwal Buttress and Continuation are the same route. The only difference is that Garry Smith describes a definite line above the top Quartz Ledge while Steve Ashton gives less detail.

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

Hidden 19/Nov/17 Solo
dannut89 04/Nov/17 Lead

Damp in places, moved together and direct belayed if we felt it was necessary. The walk over the band of quartz was interesting, it felt quite close to the limit of friction in the wet. Not overly hard, can back off most things in most places, except towards the top of the route where it meets Seniors ridge.

with Mike Henry
Matt Harmon 02/Nov/17 Solo O/S
robert.b.s 12/Oct/17 Solo O/S

Moved together but without ever creating a belay or putting gear in. Good but bitty, wet in places.

with Niall
BenP 12/Sep/17 2nd

Intro to mountaineering, a few pitches of lead, with j b mountain skills

Hidden 02/Sep/17 Solo O/S
RuthW 27/Aug/17 Solo O/S

Got a bit off route (?too far to the left) at the beginning so hit some tough sections, so much more straight forward on the second half

Hidden 13/Aug/17 Solo O/S
anthonylewis 13/Aug/17 Solo O/S
Hidden 19/Jul/17 Solo O/S
watersah 08/Jul/17 2nd
with Aidan
Becky 24/Jun/17 Solo O/S
with Bud
Hidden 28/May/17 -
knjmooney 20/May/17 Solo
james.slater 06/May/17 -
with Nick Higgins, Montana
Hidden 26/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
adawson 21/Apr/17 -
with Alice Denning , Faye Latham , Sam Smithers , Peter Rosso
faye 21/Apr/17 Solo
rosso 21/Apr/17 Solo O/S
maxsmith 15/Apr/17 Lead

Solo on lower buttress, then got the rope out for continuation. Went off route at the huge quartz slab, which we didn't cross, instead continuing straight up an obvious gully. Passed three bits of abseil tat (possibly from Jan 8 party?) and had to do some diff/vdiff moves in big boots to reach senior's ridge. Don't make the same mistake!

andy tetsill 09/Apr/17 Solo

Lower section then continued up East Arete

with Adrian
Tim Sparrow ?/Apr/17 Solo
charlie.wilkinson 27/Mar/17 Solo O/S
TCarrick 17/Jan/17 Solo
useful 08/Jan/17 AltLd dnf

Wet and slimy, lost our way on the second section (think we ended up on Central Gully, or Grey Slabs area?) so bailed down to the scree slope that returned us back to the bottom of the cliff.

with Marty W MTA, Dave B CMC
Si ??/2017 -
Street 20/Dec/16 Solo
JP78 03/Dec/16 -
mky77 03/Dec/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 13/Nov/16 AltLd O/S
wjcdean 13/Nov/16 -

super route. moved together but probably didnt need the rope really. wasnt always sure i was heading the right way for the top section, but it seems to go whichever way you head really

Trevers 13/Nov/16 2nd O/S

Moving together as a three. Some nice positions, generally easy scrambling

with Will, BStar
BStar 13/Nov/16 AltLd O/S
dobby 200 12/Nov/16 AltLd rpt
with Dan, Stu Paton
Climbthatpitch 16/Oct/16 AltLd
with John
Manton 16/Oct/16 AltLd
Astilath 23/Sep/16 Solo
emlynroberts 23/Sep/16 Solo

7.30am start from carpark, fast and light, in work for 10.30am

quarrtman1 16/Aug/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 23/Jul/16 Lead
dobby 200 22/Jul/16 AltLd O/S

MIA training

Hidden 22/Jul/16 -
Paul-Michael 16/Jul/16 Lead

Heavy rain rock grippey roped up and moved together.

with Diccon Proctor, Vince
Harry Ellis 12/Jul/16 Lead

Used rope a couple of sections

with Emily Brooks
will484 02/Jul/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 02/Jul/16 Solo O/S
Hidden 18/Jun/16 Solo O/S
jimorothy 31/May/16 Solo rpt

Pleasant in the morning shade. Branched off at humpbacks to look at East Arete.

with Neil
MatthewH 30/May/16 Solo O/S


adam001 28/May/16 -

Big boots, Moved together

emlynroberts 27/May/16 Solo
Dazluke2000 21/May/16 Lead
LJC 19/May/16 -
mjeffery 19/May/16 Solo
with Luca
Hidden 07/May/16 -
LJJ77 07/May/16 2nd

Climbed in wet conditions first pitch damp and greasy made this route more exciting

j.anstee 07/May/16 Lead

Slick first pitch.

with Luke
liamhughes1981 01/May/16 Solo O/S
Matt Smith 26/Apr/16 Solo O/S

Did bits of this in ML training

Hidden 25/Apr/16 Solo
DaveX 23/Apr/16 Lead O/S

Great day out. Headed right at the top above the quartz line to find a harder line and increase the interest and exposure.

Hidden 29/Mar/16 AltLd O/S
davebrox ??/2016 -
Allanfairfechan ??/2016 Solo
Neil Watson 28/Dec/15 Solo rpt

Made a bit of route finding error and ended up on the left of the quartz ledge. First route of three: This, Cniefion Arete and Dolmen Ridge

with Chris S , Mo W
MoWalker3 28/Dec/15 -
Chris Sansum 28/Dec/15 -
Hidden 11/Dec/15 Solo O/S
DAL 15/Nov/15 Lead O/S
Colin Dyer 06/Nov/15 Lead

MIA training

with Keith Ball
Wallman 16/Oct/15 Lead O/S

Scrambled (not winter conditions). Got a bit lost and ended up on the steeper slabs above the quartz vein. After some confusion we backtracked to get back on easier terrain. Great day out. Slippy in the wet.

with James
yelotango 10/Oct/15 Solo
Hidden 19/Sep/15 Solo
Hidden 13/Sep/15 Solo
Hidden 12/Sep/15 -
Hidden 05/Sep/15 2nd
Hidden 05/Sep/15 -
Tarquin 22/Aug/15 -
LJC 21/Aug/15 AltLd

Short roping day on MIA training

Street 15/Aug/15 Solo
jimorothy 30/Jul/15 Solo


with Rachel Crolla
j.anstee 18/Jul/15 2nd
with Bob Thomas
squicky 23/Jun/15 AltLd O/S

Alpine practice, so big boots and a pack

with Iris, John
Hidden 21/Jun/15 -
Jim Walton 21/Jun/15 -

With Lewis

FlamehairedFrodo 06/Jun/15 AltLd
Mr. K 06/Jun/15 AltLd β

Guided Alpine training.

with Mark Walker, Elinor Young
pie_eater_pete 04/Jun/15 -
Hidden 18/May/15 -
Hidden 13/May/15 Lead
Hidden 14/Apr/15 Solo
maxsmith 22/Feb/15 Solo

dislocated knee after slipping on icy hold just metres from the top. painful walk off!

Hidden ??/2015 Solo
tom jefferies ??/2015 -
static266 05/Nov/14 Solo

Quite wet, route finding difficult on upper section.

with Jon
jalqazzaz 05/Nov/14 Solo O/S
Wesley Orvis 25/Oct/14 Solo
Hidden 20/Aug/14 Solo
Hidden 16/Aug/14 Solo
Rich Clague 24/Jul/14 -
Hidden 16/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden 10/Jul/14 Lead
Hidden ?/Jul/14 2nd β
Hidden 18/May/14 Solo
tinker ?/May/14 -
Hidden 16/Jan/14 Solo O/S
Hidden 11/Jan/14 Lead
Wyn Bach 09/Jan/14 Solo

Good start to the year and not every day you get to accompany someone who's summited Everest!

with Richard Bale
jalqazzaz 01/Jan/14 Solo
jalqazzaz ?/Jan/14 Solo
Nick Biven ??/2014 -
static266 ??/2014 Solo O/S
Neil Watson 07/Dec/13 -
Hidden 14/Nov/13 AltLd O/S
Zoomer 14/Nov/13 2nd O/S

Great route and excellent rock. Teaching scrambling.

DAL 14/Nov/13 AltLd
Hidden 30/Oct/13 Solo
Hidden 18/Oct/13 Solo O/S
Hidden 04/Oct/13 -
Double Knee Bar 22/Sep/13 Solo
Tarquin 01/Jun/13 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
Jim Walton 29/Sep/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 15/Sep/12 -
tiga271 14/Sep/12 -

Very enjoyable

Wesley Orvis 21/Jul/12 Solo
Hidden 26/Jun/12 Lead O/S
Hidden 21/May/12 Solo
Hidden 30/Apr/12 2nd O/S
Hidden 21/Mar/12 Lead
Hidden 10/Mar/12 Solo
Sy Finch 12/Nov/11 Lead rpt

first half of the route,headed over to and finished up the staircase continuation.

Sy Finch 10/Oct/11 AltLd O/S

Did the first half of the route,then heading round below continuation wall and then descended and abseiled off the far end of suicide wall.

Hidden 19/Sep/11 AltLd
Clogwyn y Gwin 09/Sep/11 2nd O/S

Moc Student day Plas Y Brenin

with Plas y Brenin
danieleaston 27/Aug/11 -
Hidden 26/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 16/Aug/11 Solo O/S
Lawrie Brand 16/Aug/11 Solo O/S
with Rob U
Hidden 03/Jul/11 -
fizzychewitt 20/Feb/11 Solo
with ChrisB, Martin
Hidden 12/Feb/11 Solo
atyson1 ?/Jan/11 -
Rory Shaw ??/2011 -
Hidden ??/2011 -
bsmedz ??/2011 -
Hidden 01/Sep/10 Solo
Hidden 01/May/10 Solo
marc1967 ??/2010 Solo O/S
Hidden 21/Sep/09 AltLd
chris_j_s 21/Mar/09 -
with Catherine Speakman, Luke and Craig
MarkFoster ??/2009 -
A Crook 04/Oct/08 Lead
with MIA workshop
Hidden 06/Jan/08 Solo β
Mike Peacock 17/Mar/07 -

Lead with UWMC. A bit greasy in places, and very windy. Finished up Seniors Ridge over Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach.

Brazzer ?/Mar/07 Solo O/S
with Mike Tiffany
Mike Peacock 02/Jun/06 -
with Si Oakley, Pete Early & Tom Hecht
John Kettle ??/2006 Solo
hamish2016 ??/2006 Solo O/S

Another great day out. Very windy, went slightly off route, again, and ended up climbing a very wet, green gully (recurring theme!).

with Ross Overhead
bms 14/Oct/05 Solo
Hidden ??/2005 -
broc 15/Mar/03 Solo
Hidden ??/2001 Solo
malky_c ?/Jul/95 Solo
Iain Thow 14/Sep/84 Solo
with Paul Eastwood
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