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Cyfrwy Arete T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Gwydrin T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
Elevation: 2,500 ft
GPS: 52.704, -3.925 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Rob Davies UK on Nov 3, 2011
Admins: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell
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Description

Cyfrwy is about half a mile long and 500' high. It is north-facing and needs a good spell of dry weather. There are some good, long slab climbs.

Getting There

From the car park a mile south-west of the Gwernan Lake hotel follow a good south at first. Then head eastwards beneath the crag towards a lake, Llyn y Gadair, and scramble up steep scree and heather to the base of the cliff (about 90 minutes)

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Sean Maher
Santa Barbara, CA
Sean Maher   Santa Barbara, CA
We pulled up at the Torrent Walk campground at midnight on a Friday in pouring rain, hoping against hope for a solid weekend of climbing at Cwfrwy. The rain cleared up for us the rest of the weekend but unfortunately the rock did not; the crag faces north and a persistent sea breeze slows the drying process to a crawl.
On Saturday we slopped up the slimy-but-climbable Pisa (HS ~5.7) and scrambled the enjoyable ridge traverse, Cyfrwy Arete (D ~5.2).
We intended to sample the harder and more reputable routes on the Slabby Buttress on Sunday, but sadly the rock was still visibly wet from the approach. After climbing a pitch of loose rock and steep mud on Quartz Rib (VS ~5.8), then trundling a mini-fridge sized block on the second pitch, we decided to rap off and call it a trip.
In short, I'd recommend coming here for the Slabby Buttress at least 3 days after a rain or for the quasi-alpine scramble on the Cyfrwy Arete. The crag has a beautiful position and nice height but just isn't worth the effort in wet conditions.

P.S. An Englishman with us confidently pronounced the crag's name as "Kuh-free", make of that what you will. Sep 13, 2016

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