Climbers Breathe New Life into Wales’s Clas­sic Crags

The crags of Tre­madog

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are some of the most climbed and clas­sic in a l l of the U.K. For both loca l and travel ling climbers, there’s a high con­cen­tra­tion of qualit y lines from easy to dif f icult. Over the years, many of the crags at Tre­madog fel l into dis­re­pair un­til the Bri­tish Moun­taineer­ing Coun­cil ( bmc) stepped in to clean things up. Five years into the ef for ts of the bmc and the popular it y of Tre­madog is at an al l-time high.

The ease of ac­cess makes the area at­trac­tive, but it’s the rock qualit y that draws the masses. The fast-dr ying doler ite of fers high-fr ic­tion and solid climb­ing up in­ter­est­ing cor ners, shar p arêtes, spl it­ter cracks, pos­i­tive edges with good to great pro­tec­tion. Not to men­tion the hos­pitable Eric’s Café that is strateg ica l ly po­si­tioned for climbers to en­joy. Most of the rock is tra­di­tional ly pro­tected, but there are newer sport routes at Moel y Gest Quarr y, which stay cool on hot sum­mer days.

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