Major Rockfall in Vivian Slate Quarry

© Ken Latham/Rockfax

There has been a major rockfall in the Vivian Quarry close to Llanberis. The routes that have been directly affected are To Bolt or Not To Be (2 in topo below), Bobby’s Groove (3), Weetabix Connection (4) and The Golden Shower (5). The lower offs for the first two routes are intact and damage to the climbing is likely to be small. The start and finish to Weetabix Connection and Golden Shower look to be more seriously affected and may no longer be climbable.

I have inspected the damage and spoken to the Ken Latham from Park Padarn Country Park. It seems that early on Monday morning (4th Nov) a large section of cliff fell down, an estimated 110 tonnes of rock. This has effected nearly all the route on the Poolside Level for the time being. Although it is possible to climb routes right on Mental Lentils. 

Vivian rockfall before - topo from North Wales Climbs  © Rockfax
Vivian rockfall - after  © Ken Latham

In an effort to keep everyone safe, Park Padarn has erected a temporary fence to stop anyone accessing the level beyond Mental Lentils. Ken, one of the Head Warden’s at Park Padarn who is also a climber, asked that all climbers refrain from crossing this temporary fence as there are real concerns that the rock left is still very unstable. 

Vivian rockfall fence  © Mark Reeves
The temporary fence blocking the lower levels

The Park are hoping that the area will stabilise itself over the coming weeks and they will be able to remove the fence and let climbers make their own judgements.

So in summary best to avoid the Poolside Level of Vivian for the time being, that is routes from Pool Level to Dwarf Level in this listing.

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4 Nov, 2013
Don't know the area well, but isn't that Gin Palace ?
As far as I can tell there were no routes on the main section that has fallen down, but it has removed the top of Bobby's Groove, Weetabix Connection and most of Golden Shower. Alan
4 Nov, 2013
Thanks for posting the link. Really sad to see Bobby's Groove a *** 8a Johnny Dawes' Slate Classic suffering from rock fall. The Weetabix Connection next to it was also a good route. From the photos as Alan mentioned they've both lost their top sections so maybe all's not lost? Just hope that no access restrictions are placed on Vivian Quarry as a knee jerk reaction from the council (though Barry Davies from the council is /was a climber and probably very supportive of the climbing community).
5 Nov, 2013
Yer right mate. Only some of the most iconic climbs in the histroy of UK climbing are to be found in the slate quarries. So nothing important at all.
5 Nov, 2013
It'd be sad if some of the classic slate routes fell down. There's so much history in the quarries.
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