The Groove – Llech Ddu

Another trip into Snowdonia to a high mountain crag that doesn’t often come into condition – this time Mike and I made our way up to Llech Ddu for The Groove and another tick on the Hard Rock list. It’s a fair trudge, especially if you park in the village to avoid blocking the road and pi$$ing off the locals, but it’s a very pleasant and mostly flat hour and a bit in gorgeous scenery.

The crag is a fairly impressive sight, with routes up to 6 pitches and 150m. The Groove takes the obvious groove (you guessed it)

The first couple of pitches are the hardest, both 5b, the second one being particularly tricky, especially if you don’t know how to back and foot. The rock is occasionally scrattly but the gear is generally good – still worth top end E1 and would be desperate if it wasn’t dry. The third pitch is a bit airy as you make very thin moves down and across into the main groove, and beyond that things ease off.

A fine day out in the hills and all very traditional.

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