North Wales Scrambles – 2nd edition (Nov 18)

– 50 of the best scrambles in Snowdonia
– 224 pages
– 116mm x 170mm
– it’s not that heavy and will fit in your pocket (just)

All the selected scrambles lie within a 20km x 15km area of northern Snowdonia – a relatively compact area as far as mountains are concerned, so dead easy to get around. As well as high mountain scrambles, the book includes a few shorter scrambles near to the road, which can be done in a couple of hours. There are also suggestions for linking scrambles, to create day-length journeys across Snowdonia’s rugged landscape.

The book has a clean and simple layout that is easy to read on a mountainside. The hard cover is cloth bound and feels good in the hand. The weave is the same as that used on the classic Welsh climbing guidebooks of the 1930s. A slight tweak is the addition of a thin polymer laminate, which creates an extra bit of protection when on the hill.

For this 2nd edition, all 50 scrambles have been re-visited and checked, and their descriptions revised where necessary. Only minor revisions to a handful of routes were actually needed, and these were mainly due to rockfall. As I now know more about cartography, I also took the opportunity to improve the maps, which are now nicer (can’t think of a better word).

Out on the hill, the guide is designed to be used with the popular 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey Explorer Map of Snowdon (OS 17). Pinpoint accurate grid references are given for the start of every scramble.

Below are some sample pages. If you’re into ‘fax’ type guidebooks, with stats, symbols and brief descriptions, well, this probably isn’t the book for you; it’s printed in Wales, on nice paper and is written with care.


Intro pages for the ever popular Bristly Ridge


Double-page high resolution topos taken from a ground perspective


Intro pages for Atlantic Ridge in the lower Nant Ffrancon Valley

A couple of the contents pages


Intro pages for the traverse of Lliwedd, part of the Snowdon Group