Scrambling in North Wales – Dolmen Ridge

On Saturday, I met up with my other mate Martin for a trip to North Wales for a spot of scrambling on Glyder Fach via the Dolmen Ridge which is listed as a grade 3 scramble in Steve Ashton’s book – Scrambles in Snowdonia.

Martin eying up the way ahead

We made good progress to Llyn Boch Llwyd despite my abysmal but improving level of fitness and here we were greeted with some spectacular views of our intended route to some distance to the right of the Alphabet Slabs. With Martin leading the way and uttering head up to the white quartz we were soon at the base of the route kitting up for the ascent as Martin was quite keen to practice his skills in preparation for Mountain Instructor Assessment (MIA).

Martin trying to look cool high on the crest of the ridge

The early section of the route leads up through broken ground on the right hand side of Central Gully, where at about half height its is crossed to reach the foot of the Dolmen Buttress. From here access is made to the ridge to give some fine and airy scrambling along the crest of the main ridge. We made good progress despite the roping up and we were soon on the summit of Glyder Fach. From here we opted to descend via the Cribyn Ridge (Grade 1) before making our way to the waiting car on the A5.

I had a great day on the hill so much so that my next project will be to complete all the routes in Scrambles in Snowdonia.

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