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Guidebook to 80 graded scrambles in Snowdonia, North Wales. This revised edition of Steve Ashton's classic guide is illustrated with photo topos, and includes 16 routes selected by the updaters, as well as all the classic routes including the Snowdon Horseshoe, North Ridge of Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and the Cneifion and Cyfrwy Arêtes.
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This revised edition of Steve Ashton's classic guide presents 80 scrambles in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, offering challenge, adventure and exhilaration, but also breathtaking scenery and an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the mountains of North Wales. The graded routes range from introductory traverses to demanding climbs involving technicality and exposure, recommended only for those with considerable experience, a strong head for heights and solid grounding in basic rope technique.
It is now easier than ever to explore the Carneddau, Glyders and Snowdon Group, plus the finest scrambling in Eifionydd, the Moelwyns, Rhinogs and Cadair Idris. The favourites are all here – the Snowdon Horseshoe, North Ridge of Tryfan, Bristly Ridge and Cneifion and Cyfrwy Arêtes – as well as a number of lesser-known routes, including 16 not included in the previous guide.
Photo topos illustrate the ascent routes, alongside comprehensive route description detailing the preferred line of ascent and descent options. Many routes also include ideas as to how scrambles might be combined to create longer outings, and summary information and overview statistics are provided to aid route selection. Dramatic colour photography completes the package. With advice on how to progress and stay safe, Scrambles in Snowdonia is an indispensable and comprehensive guide to enjoying the freedom and excitement of scrambling in the rugged Welsh mountains.
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|Area covered by the guide|
|Selection of routes|
|Using this guide (including explanation of grades)|
|Basic rope technique|
|Accidents and emergencies|
|A final cautionary note|
|Route 1 Southern Ridge Circuit 1-***|
|Pen yr Ole Wen|
|Route 2 Braich Ty Du Face (including Pinnacle Ridge and Porcupine Ridge) 2+**|
|Route 3 Broad Gully Ridge 2+*|
|Route 4 Craig Lloer Spur 3-**|
|Route 5 Crib Lem (Llech Ddu Spur) 1***|
|Route 6 Eastern Ridge of Black Ladders 2*|
|Route 7 Craig yr Ysfa Amphitheatre 2+*|
|Route 8 Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe 1*** CBʊ|
|Tryfan East Face|
|Route 9 Tryfan Bach Approach 3***|
|Approach and orientation for the Heather Terrace, East face of Tryfan|
|Route 10 Bastow Buttress Variant 2+***|
|Route 11 Nor’ Nor’ Buttress Variant 3** or 3S**|
|Route 12 Nor’ Nor’ Gully 2+*|
|Route 13 Nor’ Nor’ Groove 1+*|
|Route 14 North Buttress Variant 2**|
|Route 15 Little and North Gullies 1**|
|Route 16 Pinnacle Rib Variant 3**|
|Route 17 South Gully 3-*|
|Route 18 South Buttress 3**|
|Tryfan West Face|
|Route 19 North Ridge 1*** CBʊ|
|Route 20 Milestone Buttress Approach 3**|
|Route 21 Milestone Gully Approach 1+**|
|Route 22 Milestone Continuation 3**|
|Route 23 Wrinkled Tower (aka Wrinkled Slabs and Castle Chimney) 3S***|
|Route 24 West Face Route 3*|
|Route 25 V Buttress 3**|
|Route 26 V Arête 3*|
|Route 27 Notch Arête 2***|
|Route 28 Y Gully 2*|
|Route 29 South Ridge Direct 1* CBʊ|
|Route 30 Bristly Ridge 1*** CBʊ|
|Route 31 The Chasm Face 3***|
|Route 32 Main Gully 1+**|
|Route 33 Main Gully Ridge 3*** or 2***|
|Route 34 East Gully Ridge 3***|
|Route 35 East Gully 1+*|
|Route 36 Shark Buttress 3S***|
|Route 37 Dolmen Ridge 3***|
|Route 38 Gribin Ridge 1* CBʊ|
|Route 39 False Gribin 1*|
|Route 40 Cneifion Arête 3***|
|Route 41 Maybe Tower Rib 3*|
|Route 42 Seniors’ Ridge 1*|
|Route 43 Seniors’ Gully 1-*|
|Route 44 Direct Approach to Seniors’ Ridge 2*|
|Route 45 Idwal Staircase and Continuation 2+***|
|Route 46 North West Face Route (aka Idwal Buttress) 2**|
|Route 47 Bryant’s Gully (aka False Bryant’s Gully or Nant Ettws) 2+*** ♠|
|Route 48 Esgair Felen Direct 2+* ♠|
|Route 49 Devil’s Kitchen and the Sheep Walk 3S*** or 1-*|
|Route 50 East Ridge 2**|
|Route 51 South Arête 1+*|
|Route 52 Needle’s Eye Arête 3*|
|Route 53 Yr Esgair 3S*|
|Carnedd y Filiast|
|Route 54 The Ridge (aka Atlantic Ridge) 2+**|
|Route 55 The Snowdon Horseshoe 1*** Sʊ|
|Route 56 East Ridge 1* Sʊ|
|Route 57 North Ridge 1*|
|Route 58 Jammed Boulder Gully 3S**|
|Route 59 Traverse of Crib Goch 1*** Sʊ|
|Crib y Ddysgl (Garnedd Ugain)|
|Route 60 Crib y Ddysgl 1** Sʊ|
|Route 61 Cwm Glas Mawr Approach 1+* or 3S*|
|Route 62 Clogwyn y Person Arête (including Parson’s Nose options) 3*** or 3S***|
|Route 63 Cwm Glas Ridge 1-*|
|Route 64 Llechog Buttress 2**|
|Route 65 Llechog Ridge 2-*|
|Route 66 Eastern Terrace of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu 1+**|
|Route 67 Western Terrace of Clogwyn Du’r Arddu 3*|
|Route 68 Tregalan Couloir 2*|
|Route 69 Y Gribin and the East Ridge 1**|
|Route 70 Traverse of Lliwedd 1** Sʊ|
|Route 71 West Peak via Bilberry Terrace 3S***|
|Route 72 Nantlle Ridge 1-***|
|Craig Cwm Silyn|
|Route 73 Craig Fawr Rib (aka LMH) 3**|
|Route 74 Sentries’ Ridge and Continuation 3-***|
|Route 75 Bear Buttress 3S*|
|Route 76 Moel Siabod Ridge Circuit (including Daear Ddu Ridge) 1-***|
|Route 77 South Face of Rhinog Fawr 2-*|
|Route 78 South Ridge Variant, Rhinog Fach (aka Hywel Ridge) 3-**|
|Route 79 Cyfrwy Arête (including Table Direct option) 3*** or 3S***|
|Route 80 Penmaenbach Arête 1+**|
|Appendix A Summary of routes in grade order|
|Appendix B Longer combination ideas|
|Appendix C Useful contacts|
For a PDF containing the routes from the second edition of Scrambles in Snowdonia (originally published in 1992) that have not been included in the third edition, please click here.