Ogwen Valley Area

Ogwen Valley Area
The Ogwen Valley Area is an amazing valley that is home to some of the most spectacular easy climbs and mountain routes in the whole of the UK. This really is a novice nirvana.
 
 

Ogwen has long been know as a breeding ground for trad climbers, with some many fantastic easy crags it is very common to hear of climbers leading their first trad routes here or even their first multi-pitch routes. The venues are often vast and can be overwhelming at first acquaintance but the routes will live with you forever as a result.

This is why we love to use the Ogwen Valley during our trad climbing courses and get you climbing these classic routes from the first day you place a wire on lead. In doing so we give you real experiences of terrific routes in a beautiful valley.

So whether you are making your first lead on Tryfan Back or tackling your first major multi-pitch climb on the Odwal Slab, the Ogwen valley will deliver experience after experience. There are also the big mountain routes like Groove Arete on the East face of Tryfan or the enchainment up the Idwal Slab on onto Glyder Fawr or the steeper more demanding lines of Glyder Fach.

If that is not enough then there are several other crags both here and on the Carnedau side of the valley that really will open a whole world of moderate adventure up to you.

 
 

Main Parking


Crags and Buttress

Each major area is made up of several different crags, buttress, ridges or faces. You can find out more about these individual areas below.

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Photos from Previous Courses

Josh Douglas on a two month rock climbing and instructor mentoring course in the UK. Here getting to grips with Tennis Shoe an excellent HS.

Josh Douglas on a two month rock climbing and instructor mentoring course in the UK. Here getting to grips with Tennis Shoe an excellent HS.

The classic easy route up the idwal slabs, at Diff it is within most people reach. Here Alex Rogers starts out the UK trad tour with this amazing route.

The classic easy route up the idwal slabs, at Diff it is within most people reach. Here Alex Rogers starts out the UK trad tour with this amazing route.

Climbers on the classic routes Rowan Route in the foreground and Super Direct in the background, on Milestone Buttress, Ogwen Valley.

Climbers on the classic routes Rowan Route in the foreground and Super Direct in the background, on Milestone Buttress, Ogwen Valley.

A loan scrambler soloing up Ordinary Route on Idwal Slabs.

A loan scrambler soloing up Ordinary Route on Idwal Slabs.

Kate Carrother showing her american heritage by storming up another crack on our trad climbing tour of the UK. Here on Original Route on the Holly Tree Wall on Idwal Slabs.

Kate Carrother showing her american heritage by storming up another crack on our trad climbing tour of the UK. Here on Original Route on the Holly Tree Wall on Idwal Slabs.

Placing gear on Original Route

Placing gear on Original Route

A climber making their way up the fantastic final ptich of Faith to reach the terrace.

A climber making their way up the fantastic final ptich of Faith to reach the terrace.

The amazing last pitch of the classic Tennis Shoe, named after the footwear of the first ascentionist. Which was something of a controversy at the time.

The amazing last pitch of the classic Tennis Shoe, named after the footwear of the first ascentionist. Which was something of a controversy at the time.


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