Crib Goch: At a Glance
Summits: Crib Goch/ Garnedd Ugain/ (Snowdon)
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Time: 6 - 8 hours
Fear factor: Very High
Difficulty: Very Challenging (Grade 1 Scramble)
Crib Goch is one of the best Grade 1 scrambles in the UK and is a bold mountaineering adventure. It is an exhilarating, exposed and sustained traverse across a narrow knife-edged ridge with stunning views of Snowdon.
Who is it for?
You will need to be physically fit with good balance and a very good head for heights.
What equipment do I need?
We will send you a detailed kit list upon booking and again shortly before the event.
Rigid or semi-rigid hiking boots will make the scrambling easier and we would highly recommend these but they are not essential. Normal hiking gear is needed and this varies a little depending on the time of year and the forecast on the day. Items that are essential which you may need to purchase include boots (not trainers), a waterproof jacket and a rucksack.
We will send you a detailed kit list after you book. We can give you advice about what to buy if you have booked onto one of our walks.
Where does it start?
The walk starts at Pen y pass. We will either meet you at Pen y pass car park if you have pre booked a parking space or alternatively we can meet in Llanberis and catch the Snowdon Sherpa Bus to Pen y pass. We will organise either of these options during the booking process.
We will send you a detailed Event Notes email before the walk which include where and when to meet and parking instructions.
All of our instructors are fully qualified Mountain Leaders with a minimum 16 hour First Aid certificate. All participants are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.
Crib Goch: Route Description
Starting at Pen y pass car park, the Crib Goch route follows Snowdon’s PYG Track for about 1.5km to Bwlch y Moch. From here there is a short stone wall blocking the route to Crib Goch for unsuspecting hikers intending to walk up Snowdon. Crib Goch is accessed on the other side of this wall. It is here you might have your first views of Llyn Llydaw and the Miners Track.
You will soon encounter the ‘Crib Goch’ signpost and the first of many rock steps which must be climbed with your hands. After this you will be back on your feet for a short time but the rocky steps become more frequent and bigger with some serious and exposed scrambling to reach the ridgeline including the ‘Bad Step’.
Upon reaching the ridge the near vertical drops and exposure are immediate and sustained for about 400m. The route is quite flat along the ridge but the drops on both sides are vertical or near vertical and care needs to be taken on this exhilarating section. For this reason although only a short distance it usually takes at least 45 mins to cross the ridge
Towards the end of Crib Goch you will get to the Pinnacles. While this section isn’t the narrowest part care needs to be taken as the drops are still huge. There are various ways to tackle this but head on is the easiest.
You will then descend the Pinnacles to Bwlch Coch with the most scary, difficult and dangerous section behind you. The adventure isn’t over yet though as you climb some steep rock to access the Garnedd Ugain/ Crib y Ddysgl ridge which is a lot of fun in its own right and is the second highest mountain in Wales.
From here most people choose to loop round onto Snowdon before taking the PYG/ Miners Track back down but if you caught the Snowdon Sherpa Bus then you can just walk back down the Llanberis Path.