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Guidebook to 70 scrambles in the Snowdonia mountains of north Wales. All the routes described lie within the northern half of the Snowdonia National Park. Includes the Glyders - mostly concentrated on Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr - the Snowdon group, Carneddau and Eifionydd regions. Routes range from scrambly walks to proper rock climbing.
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Scrambles in Snowdonia contains over 60 scrambling routes in Snowdonia, North Wales. All the routes described in this guidebook lie within the northern half of the Snowdonia National Park, where the most rugged mountains are found. Good scrambling in the southern half of Snowdonia is scarce, the rock here being typically loose or vegetated.
Northern Snowdonia naturally divides into four regions. From north to south these are the Carneddau, the Glyders, the Snowdon group and Eifionydd. The best scrambles in Snowdonia will be found in the Glyders, with the large majority concentrated on Tryfan, Glyder Fach and Glyder Fawr. The Snowdon group also boasts many excellent routes, whereas the Carneddau and the Eifionydd regions provide only a handful.
The choice of routes is, by necessity and design, a selective one. All the best scrambles are included, though for the sake of a broader coverage some mediocre ones in the Glyders and Snowdon group have been omitted in favour of even poorer ones in the Carneddau and Eifionydd.
The range of difficulty included in this guidebook extends from scrambly walks to the boundaries of proper rock climbing. Average fitness and a head for heights will suffice at one end of the scale, whereas nothing short of mountaineer's skill and daring will do at the other. Some routes fit neither category: scrambling over loose rock and up dripping, vegetated gullies seems to require a special cunning, for which neither hill walking nor rock climbing provides adequate preparation.
Main Gully on Glyder Fach
This route is now considered to be grade 2, rather than 1.
This route is now considered to be grade 3, rather than 2.
10. Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe
11. Tryfan Bach Approach
12. Bastow Buttress Variant
13. Nor’ Nor’ Buttress Variant
14. Nor’ Nor’ Gully
15. Nor’ Nor’ Groove
16. North Buttress Variant
17. Little and North Gullies
18. South Gully
19. South Buttress
20. North Ridge
21. Milestone Buttress Approach
22. Milestone Gully Approach
23. Milestone Continuation
24. Wrinkled Tower
25. West Face Route
26. South Ridge Direct
27. Bristly Ridge
28. The Chasm Face
29. Main Gully
30. Main Gully Ridge
31. East Gully Ridge
32. Shark Buttress
33. Dolmen Ridge
34. Gribin Ridge
35. False Gribin
36. Cneifion Arête
37. Maybe Tower Rib
38. Seniors’ Ridge
39. Direct Approach to Seniors’ Ridge
40. Idwal Staircase and Continuation
41. North?West Face Route
42. Bryant’s Gully
43. Devil’s Kitchen and the Sheep Walk
44. East Ridge
45. Needle’s Eye Arête
46. Yr Esgair
47. The Snowdon Horseshoe
48. East Ridge
49. North Ridge
50. North Ridge via Jammed Boulder Gully
51. Traverse of Crib Goch
CRIB Y DDYSGL
52. Crib y Ddysgl
53. Clogwyn y Person Arête
54. Cwm Glas Ridge
55. Llechog Buttress
56. Llechog Ridge
57. Eastern Terrace of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu
58. Western Terrace of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu
59. Tregalan Couloir
60. Y Gribin and the East Ridge
61. Traverse of Lliwedd
62. West Peak via Bilberry Terrace
63. Nantlle Ridge
64. Western Arête
CRAIG CWM SILYN
65. Pennant Rib
66. Right?Hand Pennant Rib
67. Craig Fawr Rib
68. Sentries Ridge and Continuation
69. Bear Buttress
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