Rockfax Announce New Book to North Wales

The front cover of the North Wales Rockfax, 177 kb

Rockfax is really pleased to announce an exciting new guidebook - North Wales Climbs is being written by UKC Editor Jack Geldard, North Wales stalwart Mark Reeves and long term Rockfax author Mark Glaister, and it is due for publication this Autumn.

The book is being modelled on the very popular West Country Climbs with the intention being to cover all the major crags in the area from the Ormes, through the mountains and on to Gogarth. You can read more detail about what the book covers on the book page here.

Progress has been amazing over the last couple of months with the team able to take advantage of some surprisingly good weather windows. On a glorious Saturday a group of us got up early to trek up to the Cromlech in morning light and capture the cover photograph of Alexandra Schweikart on Left Wall - photo below.

Jack Geldard on the Cover shoot for North Wales Climbs, 179 kb

Below are three example pages from the finished book.

Example page 1 from the North Wales Climbs Rockfax, 224 kb
Example page 2 from the North Wales Climbs Rockfax, 211 kb
Example page 3 from the North Wales Climbs Rockfax, 212 kb

Your Feedback

Since there are so many of us with warm memories about climbing in North Wales, it is a great time to give your feedback on grades, stars and general route comments. The book page here has links to most of the crags being included in the guide so, let us know what you think before the book goes to press.

As is normally the case with the selected Rockfax guidebooks, the choice of what to included is based as much on the crag it is on as the route itself. If we include a crag then we tend to include a good selection of routes on that crag.

Crags included

(Links take you to the correct part of the Rockfax Route Database where you can vote on grades, star ratings and add comments before the guidebook is published. Note: the list of routes in the database doesn't correspond exactly to the content of the new guidebook since some of it dates from earlier guidebooks. This is particularly the case on North Wales Limestone).

Slate Quarries - Bus Stop, Dali's Hole, California, Australia, Serengeti, Twll Mawr, Rainbow Slab, Vivian Quarry

Llanberis Pass - Craig Ddu, Clogwyn y GrochanCarreg Wastad, Dinas Cromlech, Scimitar Ridge, Clogwyn Gafr, Dinas Mot, Clogwyn y DdysglCyrn Las, Cwm Glas Bach

Clogwyn Du'r Arddu

Lliwedd and Gwynant - LliweddClogwyn y Wenallt, Clogwyn y Bustach

Ogwen - Tryfan, Glyder Fach, Gribin Facet, Cwm Cneifion, Cwm IdwalBraich Ty DuCarnedd y Filiast

CarneddauCraig LloerCarreg MianogCraig yr YsfaCraig yr Ogof

Tremadog - Craig y Gesail, Craig y Castell, Pant Ifan, Bwlch y Moch, Carreg Hyll Drem, Craig yr Ogof (Cwm Silyn)

Betws y Coed and the Moelwyns - Clogwyn yr Oen, Craig y Wrysgan, Craig y Clipau, Craig y Tonnau, Carreg AlltremClogwyn Cyrau

Gogarth - North Stack, Main Cliff, South Stack, Holyhead Mountain, Rhoscolyn

Ormes - Upper Pen TrwynLower Pen TrwynCastell y GwyntCraig y DonThe DiamondCastle Inn Quarry, Penmaen Head


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