Discovering The Wall Within in The Lost World

The Lost World is probably the furthest quarry hole to approach and most tricky to access in the Dinorwic slate quarries. 7 years ago in 2009 while following the Snakes and Ladders traverse through the quarries I entered the Lost World for the first time, I vividly remember being amazed by the enacted forest within; the floor of the hole was awash with thick green vegetation, a little stone shed and a small pond*. I recall beating my way through the damp jungle to see a futuristic-looking red wall.

Walking int the Lost World in 2009 (pre rock fall)

The Lost Wold (pre rock fall), thanks to Allan Robb for photo, 2009

Double page photo of George Smith on The Wall Within 7c+ slate guidebook inspiration

When the new (excellent) Ground Up slate guide book was released 4 years ago in 2012 one of the photos that stood out was George Smith contorting his was up The Wall Within 7c+up this futuristic red-wall. On my next visit to the Lost World I scoped out the route, only to be disappointed by the state of bolts. Badly rusted bolts are not so much fun; so this winter I put in the effort to re-bolt the route.

Old bolts, they have now been replaced with shiny new 12mm expansions

Being at the bottom of a deep hole and covered in red algae the wall requires a dry spell to dry up the seepage, although once dry since the wall is overhanging it's not affected by a short rain storm!

The line of Wall Within, up the middle of the wall

After a short session working out the moves on top rope today Will Oats and I climbed the route. The climbing did not disappoint. Funky slate climbing at it's best: long, positional, dynamic, weird and powerful. It would be interesting to get some traffic on the route and hear how other folk go on. Will is slightly taller than me and therefore found some moves much harder, although in balance he found the dynamic crux a steady static reach!

Here's a video of Will and I climbing the route...side by side! The race is on :-)

Fire!...Keeping the midges at bay

Will figuring out the moves and cleaning the route

*All changed three of years ago in 2014, after a monster rock fall, the green shrubs of the past are now buried under tons of slate rubble. However, the red-wall with the Wall Within is still standing and seems pretty solid (for have been warned, maybe slate is not meant to be overhanging! Please take care)