Central Gully IV 5 (4), The Black Ladders

Si Panton heading up to the cave pitch Photo: Streaky Desroy

With the release of the brand new sparkly North Wales Winter Climbing guide it seems fitting to celebrate one of the big classic winter lines on crag of the moment, The Black Ladders. A day out on this cliff will stick in your memory for years. The scale of the place alone gives it incredible atmosphere.

Central Gully is a fine route with a series of technical obstacles interspersed with some good old fashioned snow stomping. There’s something here to suit all tastes from steep ice to turfy mixed climbing.

There is one note of caution relating to the parking issues in the Gerlan area – before you make a visit please read the article on the BMC website compiled by BMC Cymru Access and Conservation officer, Elfyn Jones.

Central Gully route card.

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