Climbs 42
Rocktype Microgranite
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces SW

Welsh Light - The Snowdon Range from Carreg Hylldrem © Nicholas Livesey

Crag features

The rock type, felsite, gives very steep climbing on odd, smoothish rock: not for slab climbers. Single- and multi-pitch routes up to 220ft, including Hardd (E2 5c) and the "out there!!" route of Samurai Groove (E3 5c).


According to Boulder Britain: This is the place where Jerry Moffatt started bouldering.

Approach notes

Lies immediately above the A4085 Aberglaslyn to Penrhyndeudraeth road, about 1mi N of Carreg.

Park in roadside bay by a small stream, just north of a little bridge on a sharp bend (1mile) from Garreg, (3miles) from the A498 junction. The crag is visable when approached from Garreg direction.

The bouldering wall is behind the trees above. Skirt the fence on the right, by the track, and wander left to the wall.


The Snowdon Sherpa 97 bus runs from Porthmadog to Betws, via the road below the crag,

Access Advice

Restricted Parking Spaces in layby

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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.
More info
More Guidebooks:
Tremadog (2010)
North Wales Rock (2006)
Tremadog and Cwm Silyn (1989) (1989)
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Big Fin Reef Squid
E5 6b 1
E2 5c  
3King Kong
E3 5c *17
4King Kong Troubador ConnectionE3 5c ***16
5Compromising Positions
E4 6b * 
E2 5c *22
7Sunset Traverse
HVS 5a 3
8The Burner
E2 5b **60
9Burner Direct
E5 6a ** 
10Raving Lunatic
E5 6b ** 
11Raging Bull
E6 6b **1
12Total Bull
E4 6a  
13Flare Up
E6 6c * 
14Samurai GrooveE3 5c ***55
15The Hyll Drem GirdleHVS 5a **377
16The Hyll Drem Girdle - Maybelline FinishHVS 5a 4
17Going for Gold
E6 6c *** 
E5 6b **2
19The WildebeestE4 6a **20
20Rain Shadow
E5 6b ** 
E4 6b * 
22HarddE2 5c ***148
23Hardd Original
E1 5c **7
24Hardd Wildebeest Combination
E3 5c **7
25Welsh Water Subversion
E5 6b 1
E4 5c  
27The SPook
E1 5c 1
HVS 5a  
29The Warthog RiderE7 6c *1
30The Big Six Fun Box
E5 6b 2
E3 5c 1
32Ryan's Son
E4 6b 1
33Bay of Pigs
E6 6b * 
34The WeirpigE5 6b ** 
35First Blood
E4 6a * 
 Boulder wall 
37Central left hand startV4 **36
38The Weirpig startV3 62
39First Blood startV4 44
40Bay of Pigs startV4 63
41Central Righthand StartV4 **77
42Boulder Wall TraverseV4 **87
43Hylldrem Linkf7A+ **2

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