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Pete Robins on Swamp Romp 7B photo: Robins collection

Noel Craine above the crag. Photo: Si Panton

Pete Robins has climbed a stunning line on a collection of walls in the Ogwen Valley. The mini crags, which sit opposite Capel Nant y Benglog on the Tryfan side of the A5, were first developed by Jon Ratcliffe in the late '90s. Jon climbed all the obvious grade 6 lines to produce a fine brace of problems, some of which are quite highball. However, in those pre-CROW (Countryside Rights of Way act) days he was concerned about the access situation so didn't publicise it.

Earlier this year Noel Craine and friends rediscovered the crag. Most of the obvious problems were done but an attractive line of shallow pockets on the central section proved too stubborn. Pete stepped in and, after much effort, managed to top the line out. Swamp Romp has been graded 7B but looks harder. (Editor's note: looks like a Font 7C to me!)

The best approach is via the Gwern Gof Uchaf farm/campsite. From the back of the farm head left along the old road/track (towards Capel Curig). Once over the stream turn right and access the open land via a gate. Trend leftwards for a few hundred metres to the obvious mini crag. There is a smaller crag further back with a few good grade 6 lines too.

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