The Rhinog mountan range is home to a range of crags with an interesting geology. By way of a contrast to the volcanic rocks which dominate the rest of Snowdonia this area is composed of sedimentary gritstone. This rough rock type gives routes of a distinctive character, although it should be noted that the similarities to English Pennine grit are not as great as might be expected. Rhinog grit is more positive in general, and on the plus side, less prone to the ‘scrittley’ finish common on some moorland grit crags. That being said, some of the best crags do have a northerly aspect and can be quite dirty, particularly after a rainy period.
Much of the climbing here is quite remote; long walk ins being the norm. As a result you are unlikely to meet other climbers.
The aspect of the crags varies; those that face south or west will offer climbing opportunities throughout the year, however the north facing crags (particularly those sitting to the north of the Roman Steps) are best visited during the summer when they will have had the chance to dry out.
The Roman Steps is a useful historical feature which cuts through the heart of the Rhinogs. This ancient stone pathway does provide a quick route into the area. Nonetheless once you leave the path and head out into the chaos of the craggy hillsides progress slows considerably and good humour and navigation skills are essential.