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Elevation: 481 ft 147 m
GPS: 53.09341, -4.06199
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Dec 1, 2007
Admins: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron

Description Suggest change

Or "The Pass". Usually approached from its summit and down towards the old slate mining town of Llanberis. Drive down this narrow winding road into the heart of the area and get a grand tour of fantastic crags and climbs, culminating I suppose with Dinas Cromlech on the right and it obvious dihedral, known as Cenotaph Corner (5.10), probably the most famous climb in Britain.

There are worthy crags on both sides - and I have created two sub-areas, North Side and South Side.

At the summit of the pass is the Pen-Y-Pass Hotel, now a hostel I think, but in the early 1900's before WWI the scene of an Easter get-together hosted by climber and poet Geoffrey Winthrop Young - the likes of Mallory used to show up for these parties.

The Slate Quarries are a relatively recent addition to the repertoire, but shouldn't be missed if staying in Llanberis for a week.

The B&B's in the town of Llanberis are great, and there's a few restaurants and pubs plus two great climbing shops, one of which is Joe Brown's original (the other is at Capel Curig). There are a few decent restaurants, Spice in particular is quite good Indian. Pete's Eats, a Llanberis institution, has closed.

Getting There Suggest change

Turn off the A5 at Capel Curig and follow the A4086 (great views of Lliwedd and Snowdon) bear right at the sign for Llanberis, then up over the pass.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Llanberis Pass

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 4
Flying Buttress
Trad 5 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 5
Crackstone Rib
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Main Wall
Trad 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Seamstress
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Dives/Better Things
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Brant Direct
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 6
Diagonal
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Nose Direct
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Spectre
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 12
Cemetery Gates
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Cenotaph Corner
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Seams the Same
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Fool's Gold
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5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 9
Comes the Dervish
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flying Buttress N Side > Dinas Cromlech
 4
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 5 pitches
Crackstone Rib N Side > Carreg Wastad
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Main Wall S Side > Cyrn Las
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
Seamstress Llanberis Slate… > Serengeti
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Dives/Better Things N Side > Dinas Cromlech
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Brant Direct N Side > Clogwyn y Grochan
 4
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Diagonal S Side > Dinas Mot
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 4 pitches
Nose Direct S Side > Dinas Mot
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Spectre N Side > Clogwyn y Grochan
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Cemetery Gates N Side > Dinas Cromlech
 12
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Cenotaph Corner N Side > Dinas Cromlech
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams the Same Llanberis Slate… > Serengeti
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Fool's Gold Llanberis Slate… > Bus Stop Quarry
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Comes the Dervish Llanberis Slate… > Vivian Quarry
 9
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad
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