A quick guide to rock climbing in North Wales
In this week's blog the team at Outdoor North Wales are focussing on the fantastic Rock Climbing in North Wales.
Did you know that North Wales was home to the first officially recorded rock climb in Great Britain? Cast your mind back to 1798, the Rev. William Bingley and his friend the Rev. Peter Williams ascended the East Terrace of Clogwyn du'r Arddu, a cliff high on the dark northerly flanks of Snowdon.
This was the first officially recorded rock climb in Britain. 'Cloggy' as it is affectionately known , remains one of the finest crags in the UK, with each generation of climbers leaving an historical mark as a series of increasingly difficult and serious first ascents.
The best things about North Wales rock climbing is the infinite variety coupled with the fact that it's very nearly always possible to find somewhere that's dry. Within a relatively small area you can choose from long 'trad' climbs in the mountains, first rate single pitch sport climbs, wild and beautiful sea cliffs or the hidden secrets of vast quarries. You can climb on Slate, Limestone, Granite, Quartzite, Dolerite, Rhyolite, Sandstone, Gritstone and of course resin when there's nowhere dry to be found!
Follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest British climbers - Joe Brown, Don Whillans, Pete Crew, Martin Boysen, Pete Livesey, Ron Fawcett and mingle with latter day heroes, for many of whom North Wales is at the cutting edge of rising standards of difficulty.
If you've never climbed before forget about heroes and standards of difficulty and come here to learn on some really friendly crags in the company of experts - you'll always be a hero to your mates and who knows you may even be revered in the annals of UK climbing history one day.
Spoilt for Choice
...all contenders in Britain's got Talent Brilliant Rock Climbs!