The Welsh limestone crags of Dinbren, overlooking Llangollen, offer somewhere in the region of 160 routes on walls of grey, compact rock with an aspect of possibly unmatched beauty, anywhere else in the UK.
The routes may not be high (in stature) but there 15-20 metres certainly packs in plenty of quality. The climbing is generally vertical to slightly overhanging, on edges, sidepulls and underclings and requires good technique. The routes really pack it in and make you fight all the way to the belay.
I’ve spent the last 2 Saturdays climbing here (the first in shorts and t-shirt!) with Pete Chadwick. It’s great to go somewhere new and actually leave having ticked some routes!
We were lucky enough to be given a tour by Mr Dinbren himself, “Big” Lee Proctor. Lee’s enthusiasm for the area is infectious and he has done a lot of the re-equipping work ensuring all the routes are well equipped with good bolts and lower-offs. Lee is also working on a new guidebook for the Clwyd crags, so watch this space.
- Tendon 70m 9.2mm “Master” Rope
- Black Diamond Ozone Harness
- Petzl Grigri and DMM Ultra-O oval locking biner
- 10 Black Diamond Hotwire quickdraws
- Scarpa Vapor Lace-up rockshoes