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

The amazing Clogwyn Y Grouchan.

The amazing Clogwyn Y Grouchan.

Mark Reeves enjoying a day out at the Cromlech

Mark Reeves enjoying a day out at the Cromlech

A climber powering their way up the final crack of Left Wall the ultimate E2 pitch in the Llanberis Pass.

A climber powering their way up the final crack of Left Wall the ultimate E2 pitch in the Llanberis Pass.

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!

A climber eyeballing the final crux moves of King Wad.

A climber eyeballing the final crux moves of King Wad.

Nick Colton on Slape Direct a tricky E1 that see';s a lot of falls!

Nick Colton on Slape Direct a tricky E1 that see';s a lot of falls!

Simon Lake traversing out across the start of Troy, E2, Scimitar Ridge

Simon Lake traversing out across the start of Troy, E2, Scimitar Ridge

A busy day on the plexus Buttress.

A busy day on the plexus Buttress.


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