The Llanberis Pass
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.
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.