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Ogwen photo: Simon Panton

Bouldering in North Wales

Infinite is the only way to encapsulate the bouldering potential in North Wales. From roadside boulders, to seaside, to remote mountain & moorland locations whatever your proclivity it's here to be discovered. All types of rock are found in innumerable formations Limestone, Granite, Rhyolite, Greywacke, Gabbro, Sandstone, Gritstone to name but a few, all add interest and variety.

Some of the bouldering is world famous Parisella's Cave on the Great Orme in Llandudno has been a forging ground for standards since the early 1980's and many renowned climbers have trained here.

Porth Ysgo ranks along with one of the most unique and picturesque venues in the UK, situated as it is close to the sea on the often sunny Llŷn Peninsula.

In the very heartland of the mountains, the Cromlech Boulders in the Llanberis Pass are probably the single most popular venue in Britain and with just reason. Within the vicinity are hosts of recently developed areas extending high on to the flanks of Snowdon.

In the Ogwen valley, perched on a plateau above the A5 lie Sheep Pen Boulders and amongst the myriad low-lying and sometimes sheltered cwms a boulder fest awaits your delectation. Nearby are the RAC Boulders yet another roadside attraction.

The spread of grades will suit all from mellow V0 (3) to V11 (8a+), low lying grassy landings to highball gnarlers. Grab your pad and head for the hills.


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  • RAC Boulders The large boulders below the RAC crag provide one of the most well-used bouldering venues in the area. The ongoing popularity of this fine circuit is ensured by a number of appealing factors; not only is the climbing superb, but the boulders are blessed with a gloriously sunny aspect and friendly landings; all this within a short stroll from the roadside. RAC Arete Lefthand (4C) provides a fine, satisfying introduction to bouldering. It follows the left edge of the slabby face on the block nearest the road.

Not Left Arete but one of many easy beginner problems at the RAC Boulders.
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50 Shades of Great

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Out There

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