Crib Goch - Grade 1 Scramble

  Crib Goch Snowdonia

Crib Goch is on every aspirant scramblers tick list - and for good reason. The infamous knife edge ridge is no place for the faint hearted or those unsteady on their feet. Those who brave the exposure and challenging terrain will be rewarded with one of the best days out you can have in the mountains. I have scrambled along Crib Goch more times than I can count but it still never fails to inspire a sense of wonder and excitement. I rate is as one of my top ten mountaineering moments.

As with all mountaineering ventures it is important to take the right gear with you and have enough experience and skill to attempt Crib Goch. Ideally you will have had a decent amount of previous hill walking experience - you are confident on your feet in a variety of terrain, can navigate, pick a route through steep and rocky terrain and have some easier grade 1 scrambles under your belt.

It is also extremely important to wait for good weather and conditions to attempt Crib Goch. The difficulty and seriousness increases massively if it is wet and windy or if visibility is poor.

If you want to be guided up Crib Goch visit my Scrambling page or if you want to learn the skills to be autonomous then join an intro to scrambling course or book a private scrambling course.

Crib Goch Scrambling  

Crib Goch Route Description

  Crib Goch in Winter Conditions

From Pen y Pass follow the PYG track to Bwlch y Moch. Here take a right over a stile where easy ground leads to an obvious steepening at the base of the ridge proper. There are a few options here so take you time to find the easiest one and don't just blindly follow the people in front. Scramble up the right flank of the ridge until the crest is reached. This is followed more easily but with mounting exposure to the junction with the north ridge. Shortly beyond this point is a flat area - a good place to contemplate the knife edge ridge ahead. Most people traverse the ridge using the crest as a hand hold and feet on the left side although some will shuffle across on their backside. Enjoy the exposure and soon the pinnacles will present themselves. Traverse down and to the left of the first two then up to a col between the 2nd and 3rd. An exposed traverse leads you round to the right where an exciting step takes you to the top of the final pinnacle. An easier descent leads to the grassy sanctuary of Bwlch Coch. An escape can be made here down to the right but it is a steep and complex descent so it is not an easy bail out option. Next up is Crib y Ddysgl, which features a good deal of scrambling but not quite as exposed as what you have just done! I'll leave you to find your way from here....

 
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