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Idwal Slabs - a great crag to return to after two decades of having not climbed…

   Words by tcshjbAdmin

   on 08/05/2017 17:09:56

The iconic Idwal Slabs were the venue of choice for Joe Brown MD Paul Casey last week when a chance comment from our graphics guy highlighted that it was twenty years since he had last climbed a route.


Chris Miller from Propeller Graphics in Preston is the man responsible for Joes’ smiling face in the fascia above the shops and was visiting Wales to measure up for a new and very exciting project (to be announced soon). So with the fine weather continuing there really was no excuse to head out on the rock.


Heading into the grand mountain scenery they first passed through Cwm Idwal gate. Designed by Joseph Samuel Roberts to echo the mountain peaks beyond, it was made by local blacksmith Dylan Parry. Dylan has worked with the Joe Browns shops for a number of years (the fitting and decorating of the new boot room in Llanberis is all his work) and is also a very talented photographer, taking this picture in 2004.


The route of choice for Paul and Chris was Ordinary Route, the original way up the slabs first climbed in 1897. They followed in the footsteps of hobnail boots, hemp rope and pipe smoke enjoying a gentleman’s pace and good craic with plenty of reminiscing about the old days when they used to work together at Lyon Equipment.




They arrived at the top of the final scramble in time to set up an abseil down the notoriously steep descent for a visibly relieved party of three climbers ahead of them. They hadn’t been too sure about trusting the in situ sling and were very grateful when Paul offered to leave a cord sling and belay ring behind so they wouldn’t have to leave any of their own gear. Fortunately, he knows a shop where he can buy some more!

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