Scrambles in Snowdonia Challenge

Written by Haydn Williams

So it would appear that about twelve months ago, James and I foolishly decided to do every scramble in Steve Ashton’s guide, “Scrambles in Snowdonia”. Even more foolishly, we then mentioned this to other people, resulting in an expectation that we would actually go out and do it, rather than just conveniently forgetting it and never mentioning it again.

While the main factor against us seems to be time, quickly followed by the weather, I must confess there are a couple of routes which are scaring me witless even after just reading the description. I’ve heard the Ashton guide referred to as “The Steve Ashton Book of Death”, and phrases such as the following don’t help: “… the terrain remains treacherous and a lack of easy escape is the strongest motive for continuing. Only those experienced in dangerous terrain should consider an ascent, and they would be wise not to bother.” (Yr Esgair, Grade 3). However, we’ve said we’ll do it, so now we’re committed.

The only rules seem to be that the route has to be done in ascent – descents don’t count – and if there is a choice of lines, then the harder one must be taken. There’s no particular order in which they’re all being done; we’re just making it up as we go along.

Current Status:
Haydn – 37/69 (54%)
James – 27/69 (39%)

The Full List:

Green – Haydn & James have completed
Amber – Haydn has completed
Red – Neither have completed

Route Report
THE CARNEDDAU
Carneddau Southern Ridge Circuit – *** (1)
PEN YR OLE WEN
Braich Ty Du Face – * (2) yup
Braich Ty Du Face Right-Hand Start – * (2/3)
Broad Gully Ridge – (1/2)
Craig Lloer Spur – * (2/3)
CARNEDD DAFYDD
Cwmglas Bach Spur – (1 or 2)
Crib Lem (Llech Ddu Spur) – *** (1)
Eastern Ridge of Black Ladders (2)
CARNEDD LLEWELYN
Craig yr Ysfa Amphitheatre – * (2)
Y GLYDERAU
Cwm Bochlwyd Horseshoe – *** (1)
TRYFAN
Tryfan Bach Approach – *** (3) yup
Bastow Buttress Variant – ** (2/3) yup
Nor’ Nor’ Buttress Variant – ** (3) yup
Nor’ Nor’ Gully – (2/3)
Nor’ Nor’ Groove – * (1/2)
North Buttress Variant – * (2)
Little and North Gullies – ** (1)
South Gully – * (2 or 3)
North Ridge – *** (1) One of manyWinter
Milestone Buttress Approach – *** (3) Yes
Milestone Gully Approach – ** (1/2)
Milestone Continuation – ** (3) Yes
Wrinkled Tower – *** (3)
West Face Route – * (2 or 3)
South Ridge Direct – ** (1)
GLYDER FACH
Bristly Ridge – *** (1) Winter
The Chasm Face – *** (3) yup
Main Gully – ** (1)
Main Gully Ridge – *** (2 or 3)
East Gully Ridge – *** (2 or 3) yup
Shark Buttress – *** (3)
Dolmen Ridge – *** (3)
GLYDER FAWR
Gribin Ridge – * (1)
False Gribin – * (1) yuptwo
Cneifion Arete – ** (3) yup, second time around
Maybe Tower Rib – * (2/3) yup
Seniors’ Ridge – * (1) yup
Direct Approach to Seniors’ Ridge – * (2)
Idwal Staircase and Continuation – ** (2) yup
North-West Face Route – * (2)
Bryant’s Gully – ** (2)
Y GARN
Devil’s Kitchen and the Sheep Walk – * (2/3 or 1)
East Ridge – ** (2)
FOEL GOCH
Needle’s Eye Arete – * (3)
Yr Esgair – (3)
SNOWDON GROUP
The Snowdon Horseshoe – *** (1)
CRIB GOCH
East Ridge – ** (1)
North Ridge – * (1)
North Ridge via Jammed Boulder Gully – ** (3)
Traverse of Crib Goch – *** (1) Winter
CRIB Y DDYSGL
Crib y Ddysgl – ** (1) Winter
Clogwyn y Person Arete – *** (2 or 3) yup
Cwm Glas Ridge – * (1) yup
Llechog Buttress – ** (2/3)
Llechog Ridge – * (1 or 2)
Eastern Terrace of Clogwyn du’r Arddu – (1)
Western Terrace of Clogwyn du’r Arddu – (2/3)
SNOWDON
Tregalan Couloir – * (2)
Y Gribin and the East Ridge – ** (1)
LLIWEDD
Traverse of Lliwedd – ** (1)
West Peak via Bilberry Terrace – *** (3)
EIFIONYDD
Nantlle Ridge – *** (1)
Y GARN
Western Arete – (3)
CRAIG CWM SILYN
Pennant Rib – (3)
Right-Hand Pennant Rib – (2)
Craig Fawr Rib – ** (3)
MYNYDD MAWR
Sentries Ridge and Continuation – *** (2 or 3)
Bear Buttress – * (2 or 3)

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