Crib Goch

Posted by Brian Sayle on 29 December 2017 | Comments

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The infamous Crib Goch, considered by many to be one of the best scrambles in Snowdonia and possibly the best route up to the summit of Snowdon. It had been a long time I had been wanting to do this, I planned my summer to not only make it the final of the regular routes on Snowdon I had to do, but also it was the only one of the Welsh 3000s I hadn't ticked off, so two goals accomplished in the same day.
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Starting from the Pen Y Pass car park along the Pyg Track until the sign points to the right, down below you can see the Miners Track passing over Llyn Llydaw
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Looking south towards Y Lliwedd with the scramble on my right
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Following the scree, on the right the Llanberis Pass and im guessing the peak towards the top of the ridge on the right is Y Garn on the Glyderau, you can also see Elidir Fawr
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Great Snowdonia view over Llyn Llydaw
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Looking north towards Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach
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This couple overtook me heading up the east ridge!
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Onwards and upwards to Crib Goch, making a route up as you go along! for a small amount of scale there is someone in white ahead of me. I stayed on the left of the ridge but heading straight for the top
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Looking north west along the Llanberis Pass at Llyn Peris and beyond that Llyn Padarn
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Next two shots from the same spot, first looking north and on the right you can see Llyn Mymbyr
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And now for the view I've always wanted to see, along the top of the knife edge ridge at Crib Goch. Snowdon summit is obscured in mist, it came and went visability wise, quite a special site
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Moving along the crest of the ridge looking back I noticed a lone figure at the top of Crib Goch, something that was well worthy of a photo
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A very dramatic day, with an elevation of 923 m (3,028 ft) Crib Goch in one of the smallest of the Welsh 3000s, in fact only Tryfan is smaller, but the ascent from the pass is 865m (2855ft) and mostly scrambling so its good fun but very dangerous
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Another lone walker past me on the ridge, the same person whose figure I had seen earlier on, like ships passing in the night but of course we had a quick chat
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Moving along the ridge this is a great section, for scale there is someone else center of the shot on the 2nd Crib Goch Pinnacle, Snowdon summit is in that mist
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A close up of the pinnacle, this is great part of the ridge. You can flank the first two to the left or go over the top but the third one you go straight over. obviously this route isn't one for novices or people who are scared of heights, also in strong winds and wet conditions there are more sensible places to go
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Looking across Llyn Llydaw towards Y Lliwedd with some nice low clouds
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Sunsetting to the north west across Llechog Ridge. This was now about 8pm and 3 hours after I took my first photo, I still had to get up the next scramlbe to Garnedd Ugain so it was time to get moving. To traverse this ridge is only about 200m across but I really took my time since it was a nice day!
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Last shot from the third pinnacle then it was down to Bwlch Coch where I took the opening shot at the top from, onwards across the ridge of Crib-y-Ddysgl to Garnedd Ugain
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I lost the light so no photos this day from the summit but I have been there plenty of times before anyway, so all the Snowdon routes done and all the Welsh 3000s, happy days!!

This set has about 90 shots from the day Facebook full set [click here]

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