Climbs 120
Rocktype Rhyolite
Altitude 479m a.s.l
Faces W

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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 25
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 ** 179
7 London Lady
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E2 5b 8
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 * 7
11 Ash Tree Wall
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VS 4c * 40
12 Ash Tree Wall - The Stepped Corner Start
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VS 4b 5
13 Route 5
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VD 5
14 Grooved Wall
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HS 14
15 East Wall Girdle
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VS 4c ** 143
16 Slim Pick Long Flap
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E4 6b  
  Suicide Wall
18 Suicide Groove
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E1 5b ** 76
19 Suicide Groove - Direct Finish
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E2 5b ** 24
20 Jailbreak
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E4 6a * 1
21 Suspended Sentence
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E3 5c * 14
22 Last Rites
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E3 6a 11
23 Penal Servitude E4 5c ** 23
24 Suicide Wall Route 2 E2 5b ** 110
25 Capital Punishment E4 5c *** 125
26 The Great Escape E8 6c ** 1
27 Juvenile Delinquent E7 6b * 1
28 Death Row
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E3 5c 5
29 Mur y Meirwon (Wall of the Dead)
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E5 6b ** 19
30 Decomposed E6 6b ** 2
31 Y Meirwon Byw
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E5 6a 1
32 Suicide Wall Route 1 E2 5c *** 238
33 Zero
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E7 6b *** 4
34 The Noose E4 6a 3
35 Solitary Confinement
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E2 5b * 6
36 The Garotte
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E4 6a **  
  Idwal Slabs
38 The West Traverse VD 3
39 Tennis Shoe HS 4b *** 2467
40 Tennis Shoe - The Direct Start HVS 4c ** 452
41 Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct Start
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S 4b 119
42 The Ordinary Route D ** 2587
43 Quartz Eliminate
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VS 4b 52
44 Charity HVD ** 1205
Climb name Grade
45 Central Rib HS 4a * 228
46 Hope VD *** 3359
47 Geography
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VD 23
48 Slabs Eliminate
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VS 4b 25
49 Faith VD ** 1068
50 Subwall Climb
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HS 4b 60
  Holly Tree Wall
52 Cinderella's Twin
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S 17
53 Cinderella
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HS 4a 45
54 The Scone Run E2 5c ** 8
55 Rampart Corner E1 5c ** 155
56 The Rampart
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VS 5a 16
57 Original Route VS 5a *** 711
58 Original Route - Wall Variations
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VS 5a ** 80
59 Gobagape
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E2 5b * 4
60 (Don't Use a) Piton Blade HVS 5a * 45
61 Piton Route VS 4c ** 262
62 Other Kingdom
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S 2
63 Lazarus S 4a *** 1688
64 Karabiner Route
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HS 4b 3
65 Javelin Gully
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HS 4b * 94
66 Javelin Blade E1 5b ** 186
67 Javelin Airglider E2 5c 1
68 Javelin Buttress VS 4c ** 377
69 Wavelength Touch
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E2 5c 7
70 One More Calorie
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E5 6b  
71 Balcony Cracks
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VS 4c 14
72 Girdle Traverse of Holly Tree Wall
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VS 4c * 6
  Continuation Wall
74 The Arete VD ** 898
75 The Upper Staircase D 253
76 Continuation Crack HVS 5a ** 406
77 Shaking Crack E1 5a ** 7
78 Groove Above S 4b ** 890
79 Diagonal Route VS 5a * 71
80 Invisible Thread HVS 5a 9
81 Lava Slab Left
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VS 4b 7
82 Lava Slab Right
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VS 4b 3
83 Termination Crack E1 5c * 3
  West wall
85 Teenage Menopause
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E7 6b * 1
86 Demetreus E3 6a *** 77
87 Saint's Wall
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VD 7
88 Faith West Finish
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S * 11
Climb name Grade
89 Sinner's Corner
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VS 4c 2
90 Wrong Route
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VD 2
91 Rowan Tree Slabs E2 5c ** 55
92 Thinking of the Girl
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E2 5c  
93 Penthouse HVS 5a * 8
94 Bread Line
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E2 5c * 5
95 Ryvita
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HVS 5b * 4
96 Last Exit
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VS 4c * 4
97 Summer Pudding
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E1 5b * 5
98 Anything but the Girl * E3 6a * 1
  Idwal Buttress
100 Sluice Juice
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E4 5c 1
101 Thorfinn Skullsplitter
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E4 6a 2
102 Homicide Wall
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E3 5c ** 29
103 The Hangman's Return
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E4 6a * 2
104 Llofruddwyr
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E4 5c 1
105 Pocket Wall
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S 4a * 8
106 Idwal Buttress D 152
107 Red Slab
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D 32
108 Goat Slab
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D 17
  Scrambles
110 Seniors' Ridge 1 * 238
111 Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge 2 * 187
112 Idwal Staircase and Continuation 2 ** 357
113 North-West Face Route (Idwal Buttress and Continuation) 2 * 256
114 Idwal Buttress 2 * 47
  Winter Routes
116 East Wall Gully I/II 111
117 White Hope
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III * 9
118 Introductory Gully II * 118
119 Seniors Gully 1 163
  Not yet placed - Mainly outcrops Rt of Idwal Buttress
121 Slap on the Rouge VD 1
122 Twll y clo D  
123 Llech Aur (Golden slab) S  
124 Trolley Song S  
125 Clang, Clang VD  
126 Pawen HS 4b 1
127 Continue Hum VS 4b  
128 Gap S  
129 Cow Udder VD  
130 Devil's Blade *
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f8A ***  
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