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The Alltrem boulder photo: Sion Gethin Hill

Martin on Road Rage 7A photo: Crook collection

A cool new boulder has been developed just above the old Roman road opposite Carreg Alltrem. Back in February Terry Taylor kicked things off with Staring at the Wall a 7A mid height left-to-right traverse of the steep face, starting from a sds at the left edge (there is a 6A version which exits up before the hard central section). The right aręte was done from a sds at 6A+ and a line coming into this from the left – unfortunately a key hold broke on this, but it was re-climbed on small crimps at 6C by Ieuan Williamson yesterday.

In June Martin Crook came for a look and managed to climb the obvious central sds problem. Twitching Net Curtains (7B), is a fierce, snatchy line, as you can see from the film below.

Approach: Follow the old Roman road south of Dolwyddelan and park by the old cottage ruins (GPS 53.039841, -3.885957). Walk back down the road for 110m to the obvious boulder in the trees just above the road.

Also of note is a similar style boulder not far away in the edge of forestry at bottom of the Bwlch y Gorddinan/Crimea Pass on the Dolwyddelan side. Here Martin climbed five lines back in 2020, pride of place being Road Rage (7A), an intense, low level right-to-left traverse of the steep face, finishing up the left aręte.

Approach: Park at the crossroads by the Roman Bridge Station (GPS 53.043121, -3.916676), at the bottom of long hill. Walk up the road for 350m until an obvious gap/stile in the low wall which perimeters the forest on the left allows entry (GPS 53.041499, -3.920727). A vague path rising slightly rightwards is then followed until the block comes into view. Total walking time about 15 mins.

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