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Climbs 45
Rocktype Microgranite
Altitude 200m a.s.l
Faces SW

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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,

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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Big Fin Reef Squid
E5 6b 1
2 Troubador
E2 5c  
3 King Kong
E3 5c * 22
4 King Kong Troubador Connection E3 5c *** 20
5 Compromising Positions
E4 6b *  
6 Primus
E2 5c * 26
7 Sunset Traverse
HVS 5a 3
8 The Burner
E2 5b ** 67
9 Burner Direct
E5 6a **  
10 Raving Lunatic
E5 6b **  
11 Raging Bull
E6 6b ** 1
12 Total Bull
E4 6a  
13 Flare Up
E6 6c * 1
14 Samurai Groove E3 5c *** 68
15 The Hyll Drem Girdle HVS 5a ** 424
16 The Hyll Drem Girdle - Maybelline Finish HVS 5a 5
Climb name Grade
17 Going for Gold
E6 6c *** 1
18 Gwyddbwyll
E5 6b ** 3
19 The Wildebeest E4 6a ** 23
20 Rain Shadow
E5 6b **  
21 Dion
E4 6b * 1
22 Hardd E2 5c *** 162
23 Hardd Original
E1 5c ** 8
24 Hardd Wildebeest Combination
E3 5c ** 10
25 Welsh Water Subversion
E5 6b 2
26 Poker
E4 5c  
27 The SPook
E1 5c 1
28 Biggles
HVS 5a  
29 The Warthog Rider E7 6c * 1
30 The Big Six Fun Box
E5 6b 3
31 Tarzan
E3 5c 1
32 Ryan's Son
E4 6b 1
Climb name Grade
33 Bay of Pigs
E6 6b * 1
34 The Weirpig E5 6b **  
35 First Blood
E4 6a *  
  Boulder wall
37 Central left hand start V4 ** 53
38 The Weirpig start V3 6b 78
39 First Blood start V4 6b 62
40 Bay of Pigs start V4 6b 79
41 Central Righthand Start V4 ** 98
42 Boulder Wall Traverse V4 ** 126
43 Hylldrem Link f7A+ ** 7
44 Boulder Wall Big Link * V8+ * 1
45 Hylldrem Dyno * f6C * 1
46 These foolish clingons * f7A 2
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