The Llanberis Pass

The Llanberis Pass
Possibly one of the finest trad rock climbing valleys in the world. The wall here are steeped with history and climbing the routes is like shaking hands with the old pioneers of the sport. A fantastic place to learn to climb or improve you skills on some of the benchmark routes of previous generations.

The Llanberis pass is one of the most iconic rock climbing valleys in the UK. It is literally strewn with amazing crags and rock climbs of nearly every grade and style. Whilst it is a destination on most people’s list of dream climbing areas, for Snowdonia Mountain Guides is it almost our backyard. As such we know and love the variety of climbing this valley has to offer.

The valley is nearly all volcanic rock of some descriptions, although the geology varies between and even on crags so you get many different angle, features and sub rock types. Splitting  into a North and South Facing crags mean you can find sun and shade when you need to and it is advisable not to try and climb on the North side too late in the season as it can get very cold.

The jewel in the crown here is Dinas Cromlech,mainly due to its stunning position high above the valley floor with a dominating  open book corner with the ever inviting modern classics of Left Wall and Resurrection, with the impended Cenotaph Corner seperateing them from Right Wall, Lord of the Flies and Cemetry Gates. This area is one of the finest sections of crag in the world.

If you think the Llanberis Pass is just about Dinas Cromlech then you are mistaken, the climbing here is just so good and we are proud to be able to use this valley as one of our major coaching and instructing destinations.

 


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.


Photos from Previous Courses

Derek on the amazing Lorraine Direct on Dinas Mot.

Derek on the amazing Lorraine Direct on Dinas Mot.

James McHaffie on the first of the 2 pitches of New Climbing on the Tower of Midnight, Cryn Las. This was an E6/7 pitch followed by an E8 pitch.

James McHaffie on the first of the 2 pitches of New Climbing on the Tower of Midnight, Cryn Las. This was an E6/7 pitch followed by an E8 pitch.

Katie Haston making the final pull round the crux traverse of Plexus's 3rd pitch.

Katie Haston making the final pull round the crux traverse of Plexus's 3rd pitch.

James McHaffie on the First Ascent of Tower of Midnight on Cryn Las this was part of two new pitches of climbing the first E6/7 andd this at least E8 6c.

James McHaffie on the First Ascent of Tower of Midnight on Cryn Las this was part of two new pitches of climbing the first E6/7 andd this at least E8 6c.

Simon Lake on Wind, Clogwyn Y Grouchan

Simon Lake on Wind, Clogwyn Y Grouchan

Derek on the amazing Lorraine Direct on Dinas Mot.

Derek on the amazing Lorraine Direct on Dinas Mot.

The Classic hand-traverse pitch on the Direct Route on Dinas Mot, one of the finest lines in the Valley.

The Classic hand-traverse pitch on the Direct Route on Dinas Mot, one of the finest lines in the Valley.

Mark Walker climbing an out of condition Quasar, a E3 with a rediculous boulder problem crux right at the top!

Mark Walker climbing an out of condition Quasar, a E3 with a rediculous boulder problem crux right at the top!