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Rockfax Description
A route of great character. It is unusual in that most of the climbing takes place inside the cliff! It is traditional to climb it on a wet day with a large team for added entertainment. Start by scrambling up to the base of the crag, to the right of a streaked wall, by a prominent rock arch.
1) 20m. Move up and right to a short wall and find a crack. Climb this to a ledge and move right to a tree at the base of the chimney.
2) 8m. Back-and-foot frantically to gain the ledge/path in the chimney on the right.
3) 20m. Walk along the base of the chimney to where the pathway ends. Climb up the chimney again to exit back into the daylight at a large ledge.
4) 15m. An exposed and polished final slab leads to a belay on the top of the crag. © Rockfax

UKC Logbook Description
A historic route, somewhere between caving and climbing. The tradition states that it should be done at night in terrible conditions by a large party...
1.From the marble arch descend right to wall with an obvious crack. climb this and scramble up to another crack.
2. climb the crack exiting left onto ledges. Walk right to giant flake, belay at tree
3. Enter the darkness, in front of you is a tight chimney crack leading deep into the rock. Climb up to the chockstone and scramble deeper into the cliff over several short boulders. Emerge after 120ft into the light again by large flake.
4. Save the walk by abseiling off the flake (old rope around flake) or climb straight up to metal spike. Descend to left by large gulley.

A Lockwood 1908.

Ticklists

The troglodyte squeeze specials, North Wales Rock Graded List, Through Routes!, Unusual and Interesting Routes You Must Do VS- E2, ROCKFAX - Top 50 North Wales Climbs, AMC Uni Ticklist, Enigmatic Affection: The Dark Art of Chimneying, Thrutch and Clutch, Type 2 Fun, The best the UK has to offer for mere mortals (apart from the lakes cos its always wet), The Great Gumclub Ticklist, The Ultimate SUMC Ticklist, Memorable Climbs, Hard Very Silly - wet troglodytes, George's Ultimate Easy to Mid Grade North Wales Trad Ticklist, Thank god I don't have to do that again, Easy peasy Northy Weesy, The (easy) Welsh Top50 Round, Hard Rock & Other Classics

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User Date Notes
Marc Rodrigo 2 Aug Show βeta
βeta: Overgrown and bramble approach. We found it difficult to interpret the directions in the guide, went through the Marble Arch to the right and climbed straight up, then rising left and up to belay at a chockstone then along cleft, out onto the face along to base of a tree. Saw another chockstone down in the chimney (so not sure if we should have come up through there?). Then easy climb up to the top. Really interesting route!
 
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βeta: Overgrown and bramble approach. We found it difficult to interpret the directions in the guide, went through the Marble Arch to the right and climbed straight up, then rising left and up to belay at a chockstone then along cleft, out onto the face along to base of a tree. Saw another chockstone down in the chimney (so not sure if we should have come up through there?). Then easy climb up to the top. Really interesting route!
Nick Nitro 10 Feb Show βeta
βeta: More polish than on your Grandma's knobs.
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βeta: More polish than on your Grandma's knobs.
ClimbyMcClimbface 26 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Adventure, in a word. Funny when it's wet. If using Rockfax, don't read the approach.
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βeta: Adventure, in a word. Funny when it's wet. If using Rockfax, don't read the approach.
benclimbing 13 Aug, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: To get to the base of the route go through the arch and walk about 5 metres. There will be a wall with a crack in it and very polished footholds
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βeta: To get to the base of the route go through the arch and walk about 5 metres. There will be a wall with a crack in it and very polished footholds
tdobson 28 Jul, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Belay stake available above final scramble if you don't fancy the ab. The ascent path starts from just after the huge boulder, by the gate on the left, and sticks to the left of the field before going over the style and meadering around. Go *through* the arch to start the climb. nice thread above first bit of chimney if you have hesitant seconds. Descent path pops out near the big boulder.
 
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βeta: Belay stake available above final scramble if you don't fancy the ab. The ascent path starts from just after the huge boulder, by the gate on the left, and sticks to the left of the field before going over the style and meadering around. Go *through* the arch to start the climb. nice thread above first bit of chimney if you have hesitant seconds. Descent path pops out near the big boulder.
iainJ 27 May, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Unless you want an added adventure, go through the arch before starting - not under the chockstone on its left.
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βeta: Unless you want an added adventure, go through the arch before starting - not under the chockstone on its left.
KatOstrich 14 May, 2019 Show βeta
βeta: Hard to find the start of the route, it's right of the arch. Otherwise great route, I think ropes would be a hindrance
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βeta: Hard to find the start of the route, it's right of the arch. Otherwise great route, I think ropes would be a hindrance

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Outside Edge Route

Grade: VD ***
(Craig Yr Ogof (Cwm Silyn))