Sometimes Ugly = Beautiful

Ugly-a very special route. A sea cliff climb in near the little village Trefor, LLyn, North Wales. A mixture between Chimney, Corner and Crack-climbing. The rock can be desribed a oily and dusty and especially very loose.

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the first meters of the route. the hardest part!


Sebastian and me after the ascent.


jamming with your back is essential in that route

Ugly Overwiev

the wonderful beach near Trefor


loose, dusty, oily – Ugly E8

Ugly, Trefor Beach and Lleyn’s multipitch mountain in the background

Ugly is a very special route on the LLeyn Peninsula. If the rock was normal it would be a very nice groove pitch next to the sea.

But the rock isn’t normal. This Shale-rock is build up of little layers, which don’t seam very well connected. So you can’t crimp anything because it will brake off. The style of climbing is more like squeezin into the groove crack and pressing with your palms against the wall, rather than actual pulling on holds. As Mr. Dawes, a specialist of this style (and who also tried the route), told me: „It’s farmer climbing. In the evening your forearms aren’t tired but instead all the rest of your body is.“ You just have to scrabbling up a centimeter for centimeter.

A little rest after the first crux....

A little rest after the first crux….

After a couple of tries I could finally climb the route on 21st april of 2014. It was the 3rd ascent after Sam Whittaker and George Smith who climbed the route first.

Photo: Sebastian Weiß

resting before the last scrabbing crux, Photo: Sebastian Weiß

It is a very funny, adventures route which is quite strange to climb. BUT the route contains a rich variety of climbing styles: Jamming, sqeezing, bridging and a lot more. So be psyched and go there! And the best thing: you don’t have to be afraid not to get pumped. You will!