Route Database : Lockwood's Chimney


Country: Wales
Region: North Wales
Location: Snowdon
Crag/Mountain: Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa
Route Name: Lockwood's Chimney
Type: Rock Climb
Grade: D/4a
Guidebook: Rock Climbing in Snowdonia. Paul Williams.
Climbers: Alison Stockwell, Andrew Lavery
Date Climbed: 1993-06-06
Author: Alison Stockwell
Date Entered: 2005-01-17


To call this route a 'climb' is to do it an injustice; 'experience' would be a better word, whilst the bizarre crux would fox many a VS leader. A short wall leads to a cavern, where an ominous smooth-sided chimney proves to be your exit. Too narrow to bridge, too wide to jam, painful use of the knees is recommended. Once this obstacle is overcome a curious natural tunnel leads inside the mountain. A short scramble takes you back into the open & onto a natural balcony. From here the only way is up; delightful positive handholds on grippy rock in a situation of astonishing exposure & magnificent views over the valley. The two unlikely little slots in the wall at the top really are your anchors, & only the very brave or the very foolish would consider abseiling off those. So let's hope you've discussed alternative communication methods with your climbing partner; the whole valley may be able to hear your climbing calls, but a whiff of wind & your partner may not.


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UK Mountain Database

This route is related to Snowdon - Yr Wyddfa in the UK Mountain Database.

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The route description and comments provided here are intended to complement and not replace the descriptions found in official guidebooks. You are therefore encouraged to read our full disclaimer before attempting this route.


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