North Wales Rock

Guided rock climbing and instruction in North Wales

Within a hours drive of Llanberis you can be climbing on ten different rock types. From adventurous sea cliffs on Anglesey; to designer danger slate slabs; to technical, three dimensional dolerite at Tremadog; to majestic multi-pitch classics in the Ogwen Valley, North Wales has the most dense concentration of quality rock climbing in the UK.
Whether you are just starting out, wanting to climbing that classic that's just out of reach, or simply get as much climbing done as possible, North Wales has bucket loads of appropriate climbs and crags. Having spent five years living in North Wales, I have climbed extensively on all of the major crags, and have done a good amount at some of the more esoteric venues too.
No matter the weather I'll nearly always be able to find us dry rock to climb on, and on the rare occasion that's not possible there are a few routes that are actually more memorable in the rain!

Rob Murray on a Dream of White Horses, Gogarth.

Here are some suggested itineraries based on guided trips I've done recently.

Gogarth: John and Rob joined me for their first sea cliff climbing experience. On Saturday we started with Light House Arete Direct, followed by Blanco, and Northwest Passage. On sunday we climbed the ultra classic Dream of White Horses, before heading back for a much earned ice cream.

Idwal and Llanberis Weekend: David for an introductory climbing weekend. The weather was great so we climbed a stack of routes in Cwm Idwal. Starting on the Griben Facet, and finishing on the top of Idwal Slabs. On Sunday we headed to the Llanberis Pass, and climbed Main Wall, one of the best Hard Severes in the UK, followed by the Parson's Nose, and a brew in the Snowdon summit cafe.

Idwal Link-up: A favourite of mine is to start at the bottom of Idwal Slabs, and climb Tennis Shoe, Piton Route, and Groove Above, before scrambling rightwards and climbing Grey Arete. After this head up into Cwm Cneifion and climb Manx Wall, which tops out on the summit of Glyder Fawr.

Tremadog: There are so many good routes at Tremadog, one of my favourite crags. Something like this would make a great day: warming up on the Fang, followed by the Plum, then Grim Wall Direct, then Leg Slip, finishing by rapping into Merlin Direct and climbing its top pitch.

Phil Ingle on Nightride - Gogarth Main Cliff.
Nikki on North West Passage - Gogarth
Caitlin and Robin on Crackstone Rib
Tom on Serth - Clogwyn Du'r Arddu (photo: Josh Willet)
Dan and Dan on Fool's Gold - Dinorwic
David on Main Wall - Cryn Las
Tom climbing on Yellow Walls, Gogarth. Photo: Heather Florence
Hamish Dunn inside Rat Race's chimney, Gogarth.
Hamish and Adrian on Gogarth - Gogarth Main Cliff
Ollie Burrows approaching the top of the Strand, Gogarth.
Dan in his element on Idwal Slabs.
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I am always happy to chat about your guiding aims and aspirations, or just climbing and skiing in general.

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