A pleasant route that is technically hard and not well travelled - it can be a little dirty and vegetated. It is also likely to be slippery if damp. To add to the difficulties, the route finding is reasonably complex. Approach as above.
1) Ascend the rib to the base of the buttress, aiming for a perched block.
2) There are several options here, but avoid the left-slanting groove and the direct path above the block. Instead a groove/runnel leads up the left side of this apparent impasse. Some grass and more rocky runnels lead to a point where you can move right towards a flat ledge with a large block on its edge.
3) The chaos of boulders above is tackled by a smooth groove and a hard pull over a chockstone to reach a wall that blocks your way. Move right over the blocks to avoid the wall to reach yet another large ledge.
4) Again the direct is too difficult as is the smooth groove to its right. However, you can climb the right arete of the groove to gain a much easier groove to the right again. Follow this past a steep section to some embedded flakes, and find a diagonal ramp that heads up and left. Follow this narrow gangway in a spectacular and nerve-wracking position above the initial groove you avoided.
5) Another easier step leads to another ledge scattered with spikes. Take the leftwards-tilting break to a grassy bay below a chimney. Head 12m to the right and ascend a crack in the slab. Above the scrambling eases and you arrive on a pleasant ridge just above the Snowdon Railway.
Descent - Either descend the Llechog Ridge, Gryn Las Ridge or the The Dragon's Back. Alternatively head on towards the summit of Snowdon and its various descent options. Another attractive option is to continue over and do a scramble up Clogwyn Du'r Addru. © Rockfax
UKC Logbook Description
Good scramble with plenty to keep you entertained on the approach rib if you so wish.
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