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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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 
2Game, Set and Match
E6 6b ** 
3Hargreaves' Slab and Wall
VD 23
4Y Grug
E3 5c *2
5Heather Weakness
VD 1
6Heather Wall
VS 4c **172
7London Lady
E2 5b 4
8Rake End Chimney
S 8
9Rake End Wall
E1 5b 2
10The Ebony Tower
E2 5c *4
11Ash Tree Wall
VS 4c *39
12Ash Tree Wall - The Stepped Corner Start
VS 4b 5
13Route 5
VD 4
14Grooved Wall
HS 11
15East Wall Girdle
VS 4c **143
16Slim Pick Long Flap
E4 6b  
 Suicide Wall 
18Suicide Groove
E1 5b **69
19Suicide Groove - Direct Finish
E2 5b **16
E4 6a *1
21Suspended Sentence
E3 5c *10
22Last Rites
E3 6a 7
23Penal ServitudeE4 5c **20
24Suicide Wall Route 2E2 5b **95
25Capital PunishmentE4 5c ***110
26The Great EscapeE8 6c **1
27Juvenile DelinquentE7 6b *1
28Death Row
E3 5c 1
29Mur y Meirwon (Wall of the Dead)
E5 6b **14
30DecomposedE6 6b **2
31Y Meirwon Byw
E5 6a 1
32Suicide Wall Route 1E2 5c ***244
E7 6b ***4
34Solitary Confinement
E2 5b *2
35The Garotte
E4 6a ** 
 Idwal Slabs 
37The West TraverseVD 2
38Tennis ShoeHS 4b ***2154
39Tennis Shoe - The Direct StartHVS 4c **372
40Tennis Shoe - The Other Direct Start
S 4b 107
41The Ordinary RouteD **2094
42Quartz Eliminate
VS 4b 46
43CharityHVD **1044
44Central RibHS 4a *176
45HopeVD ***2900
VD 21
47Slabs Eliminate
VS 4b 24
48FaithVD **951
49Subwall Climb
HS 4b 50
 Holly Tree Wall 
51Cinderella's Twin
S 16
HS 4a 42
53The Scone RunE2 5c **4
54Rampart CornerE1 5c **144
55The Rampart
VS 5a 15
56Original RouteVS 5a ***596
57Original Route - Wall Variations
VS 5a **65
E2 5b *2
59(Don't Use a) Piton BladeHVS 5a *33
60Piton RouteVS 4c **195
61Other Kingdom
S 1
62LazarusS 4a ***1337
63Karabiner Route
HS 4b  
64Javelin Gully
HS 4b *91
65Javelin BladeE1 5b **173
66Javelin AirgliderE2 5c 1
67Javelin ButtressVS 4c **324
68Wavelength Touch
E2 5c 5
69One More Calorie
E5 6b  
70Balcony Cracks
VS 4c 12
71Girdle Traverse of Holly Tree Wall
VS 4c *5
 Continuation Wall 
73The AreteVD **672
74The Upper StaircaseD 130
75Continuation CrackHVS 5a **328
76Shaking CrackE1 5a **7
77Groove AboveS 4b **718
78Diagonal RouteVS 5a *49
79Invisible ThreadHVS 5a 7
80Lava Slab Left
VS 4b 5
81Lava Slab Right
VS 4b 3
82Termination CrackE1 5c *3
 West wall 
84Teenage Menopause
E7 6b *1
85DemetreusE3 6a ***72
86Saint's Wall
VD 3
87Faith West Finish
S *8
88Sinner's Corner
VS 4c 1
89Wrong Route
90Rowan Tree SlabsE2 5c **48
91Thinking of the Girl
E2 5c  
92PenthouseHVS 5a *4
93Bread Line
E2 5c *5
HVS 5b *2
95Last Exit
VS 4c *2
96Summer Pudding
E1 5b *3
 Idwal Buttress 
98Sluice Juice
E4 5c 1
99Thorfinn Skullsplitter
E4 6a 1
100Homicide Wall
E3 5c **27
101The Hangman's Return
E4 6a *1
E4 5c  
103Pocket Wall
S 4a *7
104Idwal Buttress
D 119
105Red Slab
D 31
106Goat Slab
D 14
108Seniors' Ridge1 *180
109Direct Approach to Seniors' Ridge2 *116
110Idwal Staircase and Continuation2 **260
111North-West Face Route (Idwal Buttress and Continuation)2 *141
 Winter Routes 
113East Wall GullyI/II 96
114White Hope
III *8
115Introductory GullyII *63
116Seniors Gully1 64
117Slap on the RougeVD  
118Twll y cloD  
119Llech Aur (Golden slab)S  
120Trolley SongS  
121Clang, ClangVD  
122PawenHS 4b  
123Continue HumVS 4b  
125Cow UdderVD  

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