Craig Eithin


A small crag, of surprisingly good quality and facing south makes for a good sun trap on quick drying rock,  Craig Eithin, also known as Waen Hir Slab, is the outcrop of reddish rock about 300 metres north of Waen Hir, the hut of the Yeti Club. It has an open location with panoramic views and some good single pitches at around VS standard. The highest part of the crag is to the left of the central vegetated area, and gives pitches up to 25 metres, with good friction and numerous pockets. Belays are scarce at the top of the crag: a couple of boulders on the reverse slope are the best option. Approach: From St Curig’s church in Capel Curig, follow the track that leads to the Crafnant valley. After about a kilometre of walking, the upper part of the slab is seen in the distance. When closer, bear right until at the crag. Following one of the ribs makes for a drier approach.

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Igneous
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 16
Within National Park: Yes Year Developed: 1949
Grid Reference: SH 73924 58698

The crag is on land mapped as open access and there is a right to climb here under the CROW Act 2000, but there are reports that the landowner disputes this and has been telling climbers to leave. If this is the case please be courteous and report any altercations to the Snowdonia National Park Access Officer. 

Area information

A wide range of cliffs - mainly traditional and multi pitch inc. the popular Llanberis Pass, Idwal Slabs, Clogwyn du'r Arddu and Cwm Silyn cliffs, but also outlying outcrops such as Carreg Alltrem. Many crags are on CROW access land - but not all especially some of the outcrops which lie on private enclosed land. Most of central Snowdonia is both designated an SSSI and also is an European Special Area of Conservation on account of the upland habitat and associated geology and plants found here.

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