Left of Crazy Pinacle (the aptly-named main feature on Craig Cwm Du) is a large, blunt buttress set above ribs and gullies. This is Bear Tower, the final obstacle of the vague, but logical rib and gully system of Bear Buttress. After a difficult start on the generally good rock of the lower buttress, this intimidating route finishes precariously up a technically easier, but unstable final tower. [Guidebook grade 2/3]

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Scrambles in Snowdonia - Steve Ashton

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Astilath 27 Jun Show βeta
βeta: At time of writing, I've been up 68/80 of the routes in the Steve Ashton guidebook. Including Yr Esgair and a few more obscure ones. This is by far the most loose, crumbly route I've done. Not sure how much help rope, nuts and slings would be. They would probably just pull stuff off in the event of a fall! Its possible to escape the route before the loosest part of the tower by going up the right of the right hand gully next to the crazy pinnacle on its left side. I did that accidentally, following good rock. I checked the tower out from the top, reversed my route down the pinnacle (awfully loose and sketchy) and then finished the route properly! If you've not done many sketchy loose routes yet, I recommend to save this one for later. :-)
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βeta: At time of writing, I've been up 68/80 of the routes in the Steve Ashton guidebook. Including Yr Esgair and a few more obscure ones. This is by far the most loose, crumbly route I've done. Not sure how much help rope, nuts and slings would be. They would probably just pull stuff off in the event of a fall! Its possible to escape the route before the loosest part of the tower by going up the right of the right hand gully next to the crazy pinnacle on its left side. I did that accidentally, following good rock. I checked the tower out from the top, reversed my route down the pinnacle (awfully loose and sketchy) and then finished the route properly! If you've not done many sketchy loose routes yet, I recommend to save this one for later. :-)
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Astilath 27 Jun Solo Not much to recommend. Amazing setting but the route itself... like climbing jenga which was generally a bit meh. Had just done sentries ridge so maybe the comparison biased me.
Not much to recommend. Amazing setting but the route itself... like climbing jenga which was generally a bit meh. Had just done sentries ridge so maybe the comparison biased me.
Hidden 27 Mar Solo O/S
jimorothy 31 Mar, 2016 AltLd Some terrific moments on it. A dry day at last!
with Rachel Crolla
Some terrific moments on it. A dry day at last!
with Rachel Crolla
Hidden 5 Sep, 2015 Lead O/S
Hidden 10 Apr, 2015 Solo
Hidden 30 Jul, 2011 -
Iain Thow 21 Jul, 1990 Solo
nigehughes ?Apr, 1982 AltLd
with Bill Nash, Graham Hartley
with Bill Nash, Graham Hartley
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