The Track of The Shadow E7 6C & The Ivy Flame E7/8 6C – James Mchaffie continues his spring of new routs.

It’s interesting to listen to people‘s views in regards to areas and their development. Most would say that areas like the Llanberis Pass and Tremadog are tapped out. Well, Mchaffie is a man that will make you contemplate that idea, a man that reads between the lines and still uncovers fantastic new lines in some of the most popular areas of North Wales.

I recently caught up with him to find out where is latest adventures had taken him. The first takes us to the very popular destination of Carreg Wastad in the Llanberis Pass.

The Track of The Shadow – Photo: James Mchaffie

The Track of The Shadow E7 6C makes technical and bold pulls just above the overhang of Shadow Wall (VS) to join Zangorilla (E4) before making another balance move right to the ace arête to finish”

Following on from the pass James headed to the beautiful cliffs of Tremadog.

“The Ivy Flame E7/8 6C, climbed with Emma Twyford and Pete Robins is named after his late auntie and is located on Craig Bwlch y Moch to the left of Sheer Resist (E4), a tip off from Elfyn Jones had the trad trio there with bundles of excitement.

James had this to say:

A serious start, where a jump right should be made into the gully if you think you might fall to prevent a bigger lob through all the ivy. After this, easier crimp moves lead up left to a peg with a step right to a good hold leading you to a poor peg. Climb the technical bold wall above. The crux at the top is a brilliant sequence”

 “It feels wild due to it being very reliant on two old pegs with only body weight placements surrounding them.”


James tackling the crux sequence – Photo: Emma Twyford

Photo: James Mchaffie

The Ivy Flame – Photo: James Mchaffie


With this  exciting information in mind its clear that plenty of lines are still out there to be conquered. Take a step round that corner and you never know what you might find.

For more information on the location of these new lines have a read of North Wales Rock, Tremadog and the Llanberis guide books, all available at

James is sponsored by DMM, Rab, Sterling Rope and Boreal.


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