Snowdonia National Park, located in North Wales, is a true haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With its stunning landscapes, rugged mountains, and diverse rock formations, it's no wonder that rock climbers from around the world flock to Snowdonia for an unforgettable climbing experience. If you're an avid rock climber seeking thrilling challenges and breathtaking vistas, you're in for a treat. In this blog post, we'll explore ten exciting things to do in Snowdonia as a rock climber, ensuring you have an unforgettable adventure in this magnificent region.
Conquer the Majestic Snowdon, actually called Yr Wyddfa, the rock climbers' way: Start your rock climbing journey by scaling the highest mountain in Wales, Yr Wyddfa (Mount Snowdon). The Snowdon Massif offers a range of climbing routes, from the classic rock climbs of Clogwyn Du'r Arddu, Dinas Mot & Cyrn Las to the challenging scrambles on Crib Goch, Clogwyn y Ddysgl, and Lliwedd . Prepare for a thrilling ascent and be rewarded with awe-inspiring panoramic views from the summit.
2. Tackle the Iconic Tryfan: Rising dramatically from the Ogwen Valley, Tryfan is one of Snowdonia's most recognizable peaks. Its majestic North Ridge offers excellent one of Snowdonia's most popular grade 1 scrambles, including the famous Adam and Eve stones. However, there's soo much more to this rocky peak. It's East and Westly aspects are littered with excellect classic easy climbs and scrambles, such as the Classic Rock route "Grooved Arete". Scale this rugged mountain, embrace the unique scrambling challenges, and soak in the breathtaking beauty surrounding you!
3. Explore the Llanberis Pass: Llanberis Pass is a rock climber's paradise, boasting a plethora of traditional climbing routes suitable for all skill levels. From the classic routes on Dinas Cromlech to the challenging slabs of Dinas Mot, this area offers a diverse range of climbs amidst stunning surroundings.
3. Discover the Tremadog: Located near the charming village of Tremadog, this Dolrite crag is a must-visit for rock climbers. With over 300 routes to choose from, including the iconic Vector and Nexus, Tremadog offers a variety of climbs that cater to different abilities and preferences. There's often sunshine to be found when it's raining in the mountains. Don't miss the chance to experience the exhilaration of climbing on these exceptional cliffs.
4. Venture into the Ogwen Valley: The Ogwen Valley is a hidden gem for rock climbers, presenting a playground of slabby walls, dramatic ridges, and awe-inspiring peaks. Explore the famous Idwal Slabs, perfect for beginners and those seeking multi-pitch adventures. For a more challenging experience, tackle the impressive rock routes on Gylder Fach Main cliff.
5. Experience Sea Cliff Climbing: Snowdonia's coastline offers a unique rock climbing experience, with its sea cliffs providing a stunning backdrop. Places like Gogarth, Castell Helen, and Rhosycolon boast breathtaking routes along the edge of the sea. Enjoy the combination of adrenaline and tranquility as you scale these majestic cliffs, with the crashing waves below adding an extra touch of excitement.
6. Embark on a Mountain Multi-Pitch: Snowdonia's mountains offer numerous multi-pitch climbing routes, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region. Ascend the classic routes on Glyder Fach, such as the Dolmon Ridge or Bristly Ridge, and marvel at the unparalleled vistas along the way.
7. Get off the Beaten track! Avoid the crowds and get into the rugged landscape and lesser visited areas. For example in the Carneddau there are many great crags, such as Craig Yr Ysfa & Carreg Mianog.
8. Have a long scrambling or climbing link-up day! If you enjoy pushing yourself and covering lots of ground, then Snowdonia is a great place to link up easy rock climbs and scrambles. For example, you could do Sub-Cniefion to Cniefon Arete, then onto Dolmon Ridge.
10. Join a Guided Adventure With Gibbon Adventures: If you would like to maximise your time, learn some new skills, gain confidence, and explore a new area then consider joining a guided climbing adventure. Local climbing guides can lead you to hidden gems and ensure your safety while sharing an adventure together. Check out our website for some course ideas and get in touch!