Climbs 117
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 479m a.s.l
Faces W

Walk into Idwal - Tuesday © mhaze

Crag features

Spectacular climbing, set in some of the grandest mountain scenery in Wales; slab-routes galore at every grade. Mainly multi-pitch routes to 160 metres. Must dos for visitors include "Tennis Shoe" (HS), "Suicide Wall Route 1" (E2) and "Hope" (VDiff), all multi-starred classics. Beware of falling sheep.

Grades as per the 2010 CC Ogwen guide.

Approach notes

20 to 25 minutes walk along the trail from Ogwen Cottage.

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Guidebooks

North Wales Climbs

North Wales Climbs covers the best climbing from the whole of this huge and varied area. The book is modelled on the very popular West Country Climbs which set a new standard for selected climb guidebooks back in 2010. It contains all the routes from the 2010 publication North Wales Classics and many more routes and areas, with expanded descriptions and much bigger photo-topos. The book covers all the major mountain crags from Llanberis Pass, to Cloggy; and from Ogwen to the Carneddau. It also includes the Llanberis Slate quarries, Tremadog, the Moelwyns, the Gwynant Valley, Mid-Wales, Gogarth and the North Coast Limestone.
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North Wales Classics

A significant addition to the Rockfax stable; North Wales Classics is a pocket-sized guide packs in hundreds of superb routes throughout the mountains of Snowdonia. From Tremadog to Tryfan, and everywhere in between, the book covers mid-grade routes on the best crags and features top-notch photo-topos and inspirational action shots taking you where you want to go.
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More Guidebooks:
Ogwen (2010)
North Wales Rock (2006)
Ogwen and Carneddau (1993)
Welsh Winter Climbs (1988)

Out of print:
Thanks to the guys who helped me out at Idwal yesterday (19/05/08) when I fell off. I took a big fall of the top of the first pitch of tennis shoe and landed in a nice soft muddy bog at the bottom of the route! The fella who got my gear back down asked me to post on here to let him know how I was doing which is ok, sprained ankle and a few cuts and bruises!
si_green99 - 19/May/08
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  East Wall
2 Game, Set and Match
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E6 6b **  
3 Hargreaves' Slab and Wall
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VD 23
4 Y Grug
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E3 5c * 2
5 Heather Weakness
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VD 1
6 Heather Wall
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VS 4c ** 178
7 London Lady
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E2 5b 5
8 Rake End Chimney
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S 8
9 Rake End Wall
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E1 5b 2
10 The Ebony Tower
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E2 5c * 5
11 Ash Tree Wall
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VS 4c * 42
12 Ash Tree Wall - The Stepped Corner Start
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VS 4b 5
13 Route 5
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VD 4
14 Grooved Wall
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HS 11
15 East Wall Girdle
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VS 4c ** 149
16 Slim Pick Long Flap
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E4 6b  
  Suicide Wall
18 Suicide Groove
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E1 5b ** 70
19 Suicide Groove - Direct Finish
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E2 5b ** 16
20 Jailbreak
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E4 6a * 1
21 Suspended Sentence
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E3 5c * 11
22 Last Rites
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E3 6a 9
23 Penal Servitude E4 5c ** 21
24 Suicide Wall Route 2 E2 5b ** 98
25 Capital Punishment E4 5c *** 93
26 The Great Escape E8 6c ** 1
27 Juvenile Delinquent E7 6b * 1
28 Death Row
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E3 5c 2
29 Mur y Meirwon (Wall of the Dead)
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E5 6b ** 15
30 Decomposed E6 6b ** 2
31 Y Meirwon Byw
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E5 6a 1
32 Suicide Wall Route 1 E2 5c *** 249
33 Zero
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E7 6b *** 4
34 Solitary Confinement
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E2 5b * 3
35 The Garotte
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E4 6a **  
  Idwal Slabs
37 The West Traverse VD 2
38 Tennis Shoe HS 4b *** 2236
39 Tennis Shoe - The Direct Start HVS 4c ** 393
40 Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct Start
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S 4b 109
41 The Ordinary Route D ** 2148
42 Quartz Eliminate
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VS 4b 43
43 Charity HVD ** 1077
44 Central Rib HS 4a * 182
45 Hope VD *** 2987
46 Geography
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VD 22
47 Slabs Eliminate
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VS 4b 21
48 Faith VD ** 978
49 Subwall Climb
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HS 4b 54
  Holly Tree Wall
51 Cinderella's Twin
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S 16
52 Cinderella
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HS 4a 41
53 The Scone Run E2 5c ** 4
54 Rampart Corner E1 5c ** 152
55 The Rampart
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VS 5a 16
56 Original Route VS 5a *** 619
57 Original Route - Wall Variations
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VS 5a ** 68
58 Gobagape
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E2 5b * 2
59 (Don't Use a) Piton Blade HVS 5a * 32
60 Piton Route VS 4c ** 208
61 Other Kingdom
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S 1
62 Lazarus S 4a *** 1395
63 Karabiner Route
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HS 4b  
64 Javelin Gully
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HS 4b * 92
65 Javelin Blade E1 5b ** 182
66 Javelin Airglider E2 5c 1
67 Javelin Buttress VS 4c ** 342
68 Wavelength Touch
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E2 5c 6
69 One More Calorie
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E5 6b  
70 Balcony Cracks
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VS 4c 11
71 Girdle Traverse of Holly Tree Wall
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VS 4c * 5
  Continuation Wall
73 The Arete VD ** 697
74 The Upper Staircase D 138
75 Continuation Crack HVS 5a ** 343
76 Shaking Crack E1 5a ** 7
77 Groove Above S 4b ** 751
78 Diagonal Route VS 5a * 53
79 Invisible Thread HVS 5a 7
80 Lava Slab Left
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VS 4b 5
81 Lava Slab Right
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VS 4b 3
82 Termination Crack E1 5c * 3
  West wall
84 Teenage Menopause
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E7 6b * 1
85 Demetreus E3 6a *** 74
86 Saint's Wall
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VD 3
87 Faith West Finish
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S * 8
88 Sinner's Corner
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VS 4c 1
89 Wrong Route
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VD  
90 Rowan Tree Slabs E2 5c ** 50
91 Thinking of the Girl
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E2 5c  
92 Penthouse HVS 5a * 4
93 Bread Line
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E2 5c * 5
94 Ryvita
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HVS 5b * 2
95 Last Exit
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VS 4c * 2
96 Summer Pudding
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E1 5b * 3
  Idwal Buttress
98 Sluice Juice
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E4 5c 1
99 Thorfinn Skullsplitter
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E4 6a 1
100 Homicide Wall
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E3 5c ** 30
101 The Hangman's Return
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E4 6a * 1
102 Llofruddwyr
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E4 5c  
103 Pocket Wall
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S 4a * 7
104 Idwal Buttress
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D 128
105 Red Slab
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D 33
106 Goat Slab
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D 15
  Scrambles
108 Seniors' Ridge 1 * 180
109 Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge 2 * 117
110 Idwal Staircase and Continuation 2 ** 270
111 North-West Face Route (Idwal Buttress and Continuation) 2 * 153
  Winter Routes
113 East Wall Gully I/II 94
114 White Hope
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III * 8
115 Introductory Gully II * 56
116 Seniors Gully 1 71
117 Slap on the Rouge VD  
118 Twll y clo D  
119 Llech Aur (Golden slab) S  
120 Trolley Song S  
121 Clang, Clang VD  
122 Pawen HS 4b  
123 Continue Hum VS 4b  
124 Gap S  
125 Cow Udder VD  

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