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Black Ladders (OS)

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About Black Ladders (OS):

This area is better known as a winter ice climbing playground when it forms up, but there is some rock climbing to be found here. The 20 or so routes do tend to be broken and chossy and mostly in the lower grades, plus they are in a North facing cwm, making it dark and damp. Good practice for longer Alpine style routes though, as the length of the routes ranges up to 700 feet. Save for a desparate day, and only go when it has been dry for a week or so.
Nearest town or city: Bethesda
Directions: OS 115 GR SH 670 632 Alt. 750 - 970m
Four miles southeast of Bethesda between Carnedd Dafydd and Carnedd Llewelyn. From Bethesda, head up to the village of Gerlan, past the post office and down the lane for half a mile and park. Here a path will lead South East to the valley with Carnedd Dafydd at the end. After crossing a swampy area, a good track can be followed, and a crag, Llech Ddu, will be seen on the right almost at the end of the valley. Pass this to the cliffs at the head of the valley rising up to the ridge, about an hour to an hour and a half walk in.
Latitude, Longitude: 53.14902, -3.98898
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