North Wales Scrambles – 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 a lot more about cartography, I also took the opportunity to re-draw the maps, to make them that wee bit nicer.

The book’s hard cover has been cloth-bound and feels good in the hand. It’s the same type of cover as those used on the classic Welsh guidebooks of the 1930s. A slight addition is a thin polymer laminate, there to add a bit of a modern barrier to stop the white cloth from picking up muck from the hill.

North Wales Scrambles

– 224 pages
– 116mm x 170mm
– it’s not that heavy and will fit in your pocket (just)

A great book for people who like biffing around in the mountains. All the selected scrambles are within a 20km x 15km area of northern Snowdonia – a relatively small area as far as mountains are concerned, so dead easy to get around. In addition to the easy to follow route descriptions the book features high resolution topos, which help identify exactly where the more intricate scrambles go.

The topo to the east face of Tryfan

Approach routes are clearly shown on the book’s bespoke maps and pinpoint-accurate grid references are given for the start of every scramble. The guide is designed to be used with the popular 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey Explorer Map of Snowdon (OS 17).

The approach map for the three routes in the upper Nant Ffrancon Valley

There are also photographs of every scramble… and canny ones at that.

Scrambling on the North Arete of Foel-goch

Some sample pages…