At UKC we are all climbers and we understand the strong urge to be outdoors as the weather is finally improving. Please proceed with caution though.
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Vivian Quarry looking down © Sean Kelly
The multi-tiered quarry cutting into the tree-covered slopes above the east end of Llyn Padarn. Home to slate's most famous climb, Comes The Dervish (E3 5c). Also contains plenty of easier routes such as Mental Lentils (HVS 5b), and viciously hard ones (Dawes Of Perception E7 6c). There is good deep water soloing on the Bathtime Wall.
Visible from Llanberis. The closest parking is at the slate museum - check what time it closes.
June 13th 2019 A major rockfall has occured, mainly affecting the Conscience Slab area. Considerable loose rock is scattered all over the southern side of the quarry, affecting numerous routes with significant further rock falls likley.
A major rock fall also occured in 2017- access to the lower tier, beyond Dawes of Perception slab has been fenced off to protect the public. There is currently no access to the Psychotherapy slab or any other routes on the lower level in that area; the small bay directly in front of the scuba diving platform has collapsed rendering this area very unsafe and unstable, with more rock likely to come down.
Access to Mental Lentils and other routes immediately near the entrance to the Lower Level is unaffected. Similarly, access to the Middle (Dervish) level and the Upper Levels is also unaffected by this recent rockfall.
The access to Vivian Quarry is shared with the local Vivian Diving Centre. Please refrain from climbing on the Bathtime Wall while the centre is open and operating - do not climb on the Bathtime Wall/Prow area and the areas at pool level as far as Psychotherapy, if divers are using the pool, due to danger of rockfall affecting the diving activities. The quarry is within the Padarn Country Park, managed by Gwynedd Council. Climbing is tolerated away from the main paths and the owners make it clear that access away from the main paths is entirely at the individual's own risk and offically not encouraged.
|Went upto the top level today. Faulty towers pinnacle is no more, looks like fresh rock fall.|
BAdhoc - 13/May/16
|if you ever get a big freeze -10c for a few days the watertrickle on the base level r/h side becomes a 28m ,grade 7/8 water ice wall.|
ben wray - 10/Apr/02
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