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BALA
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The Bala stones sit below the hillsdie at Cregiau LLwyn Gwern on the north side of the Bala to Dolgellau road . The nearest village is Llanuchlyn. The crag above the boulders is easily spotted from the road and host a number of good routes up to E4. The large boulders can be seen from the road. A track turns off the main road at the house of Rhyd yDrain  which is down and west of the boulder field . Folw the track past the house and park at the point where the track forks left.Pull up as tight as possible on the verge . The main track then continues straight on along an old embankmnet parallel to the main road and over or through a gate ( sometimes locked ) . After a few meters a sheep trail leads off left across the stream and then contours eastwards up the hillside : the boulder quickly become visible again . About 15 minutes .

There are 6 main boulders the largest being about 8 meters high . Landinsg are often grassy but a mat or two helps for  some of the rockier spots. The rock is solid high friction mountain stone and generally clean . Problems range from 4 to 8a.
Early development was from Martin Crook , Chris Evans and TT ( first vist 2002 ) . Later Owen McShane added some cool lines and most recntly this Spring Mike Allday has extensively added to the list of problems adding  by far the hardest line at 8a ( V10 ) .

Attached a draft of the planned topo on which we are still working . This one is the work of Mike Allday . We will update soon with the problme names etc and include the other problems .

BALA BOULDERS

MIke has also done THREE  VIDEOS of parts of the circuit we have created so far . bELOW ARE THE LINKS for Mikes three videos which along with giving a good flavour of the circuit give an insight into what inspires MIke to push his climbing to new levels of difficulty .
Martin Crook added an excellent new 6b on 30 MArch 2016 and this along with the other routes not in the topo will be in the update

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