on 25 July 2009
I bought this book in Snowdonia and it is incredibly useful. The day I bought it I did Tryfan's North Ridge and Bristly Ridge afterwards on Glyder Fach. These detailed descriptions/diagrams were so helpful and I always have it in my pocket for every trip. Along with a map and compass, this will give you that extra feeling of security on new routes. Minor criticisms are that the rock climbing grade only goes up to V.diff, thereby JUST missing out on showing you the greatest mountain climb in Snowdonia, Grooved Arete on The East Face of Tryfan (graded Hard V Diff) which is essential for any up and coming rock climber. But then again, I guess they rate V. Diff as the last "easy" grade, and they are probably right. Excellent diagrams and descriptions, and more interesting and varied than "Scrambles in Snowdonia", though that is the ultimate "Scramble only" guide.
on 24 March 2009
This book is a must for any climber/scrambler who wants to explore Snowdonia. The writers have collected so much information on how to plan a day out on the rock of north wales. Descriptions are provided on how to link together various scrambles and easy multi-pitch climbs, and they give you a real inspiration to go out there and try the routes.
My only quibble would be on the detail of the diagrams for the multi-pitch climbs, in the age of digital photography, colour photos with belay positions highlighted would be v.useful.
Even with this issue, it's still a brilliant book. Enjoy!