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Climbs 30
Rocktype Slate
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces N

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Crag features

Clogwyn Mannod: 'The Crag of Light Grey Snow'

Located in the Crafnant valley, 'Mannod' is a premier dry tooling venue located in an abandonded slate quarry with a host of fantastic routes, covering all grades and all gradients!

Routes are well bolted and range from easy slab warm-ups to 35 metre endurance-fests on a consistently overhanging wall. There's even several large roofs to delight the Fig-4/Fig-9 monkey. The climbing uses predominately natural hooks and features - with the odd drilled pocket where required - and thus creates a realistic and perfect winter training crag.

Access is only 5 minutes from the parking layby, and the rock is predominately sound. Due to the highly-featured nature of the routes, they're usually tough to onsight but easy when you know how. The quiet Crafnant valley provides the ideal setting for you to get totally, utterly, completely boxed out of your tree!

See the following links for a topo and access descriptions:

Some recent comments:

'If Chuck Norris needed to train for winter climbing, he'd come here!'

'Bosh that choss, get mad for it and smash this route in!'

'Easier when you know how!'

'I'm so pumped I can't even hold onto my axes'


Approach notes

The village of Trefriw is located in the Conwy valley, well signposted from the main road (A470).

From the centre of Trefriw (opposite the Fairy Falls Hotel), follow signposts up the hill to Llyn Crafnant. After 3/4 km, you'll reach Llyn Crafnant (the massive great big lake). Keep driving for another 2km on the single track road. Keep driving until you hit the gate at the end of the road - this is the Mynydd Climbing Club hut. Park just inside this gate, as for parking for SH Wall (aka Clogwyn Y Eryr).

From the car park, walk back down the road, until you reach the trees.

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Turn right on a vague path parallel to the fence, which takes you to a stile. Turn right again, following an old mining track as it rises gently uphill. Walk another 500m until you reach the crag. It can be seen from the road.

There are no known access restrictions to Mannod.


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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Basement Level
2 The Cloak M6+ ** 14
3 Unveiled M7 ** 6
4 Flakey Arrangements M8 ** 4
5 Choccy Orange M8+ ** 9
6 Slate o' the Art M5+ * 41
7 The Dragon's Lair M8+ ** 9
8 Double Dragon M9 ** 18
9 Winter Prey M11+ *** 2
  Ground Level - Front Wall
11 Hidden Dragon M7 *** 45
  Ground Level - Back Wall
13 Gurning Grooves M7 * 2
Climb name Grade
14 The Iron Curtain M8+ ** 11
15 The Burner M9 *** 41
16 Afterburner M11+ ***  
17 Stress Test M9 *** 27
18 Flying Colours M10 *** 11
19 Rich Vein M9+ *** 7
20 One-Armed Bandit M8+ ** 5
  Ground Level - Back Wall - Above the Handrail
22 Groundwork M4+ 8
  Overlapping Buttress
25 Ordinary Route S 4
26 Overlapping Buttress Direct
VS 4c  
Climb name Grade
27 White Slab
HVS 5a  
28 Purple Haze
VS 4c  
  Bog Buttress
30 North Wall Slant
VS 4c  
31 Rush Wall
VS 4c  
32 Izal Groove
33 Nyd
34 Quisling
35 Squitter
36 The Bestest
HVS 5a  
37 Septimus HD * 2

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