Crib Goch - Looking at the Pyg Track by Mark Durant

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Crib Goch is a knife-edged arête in the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales

The highest point on the arête is 923 m above sea level. A path leads over the arête and three rock-pinnacles to a grassy col at Bwlch Coch. This first part of the ridge is very exposed and serious, having resulted in several fatalities.

From the col the ridge rises again, joining the main Snowdon ridge via the sister peak Garnedd Ugain in the west.

On Saturday 13th September I achieved the summit of Snowdon for the third time. This time by the most difficult route climbing up to, and across, Crib Goch. Then climbing to the summit of Garnedd Ugain before the easy walk from there to Snowdons summit.

This is a view looking down to the Pyg Track which I think is about 800 feet down. It’s the opposite side to the sheer drop shown on ‘Crib Goch’ but is still steep enough.

As you can see if you go down from the ridge itself the slope becomes shale which is extremely dangerous to try and cross.

Although keeping to the top of the ridge itself is very scary the rock is secure, even if it’ means either looking at the 800ft drop one side or over the ridge at the 1200ft drop the other side.

It’s certainly not something I would like to try if the weather isn’t very good.


  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 6 years ago

    My goodness Mark! I cannot believe you made it home alive……you actually walked on that slate? Talk about going that extra mile for the PERFECT shot…….well, that’s what this is……the PERFECT shot………..INCREDIBLE photography………..I am in AWE……….. :))

  • Thanks Rose.

    The rocks at the top are very secure, although they look like a jumble of boulders. The looser rocks a bit further down are the killers.

    I was actually holding on to the point of the arête and edging sideways along this, with my back to this view.

    – Mark Durant

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    absolutrly fantastic capture, wonderful angle and great vista and imagery, love the water at the bottom looks so dark and mysterious.. hugsxxx

  • Thanks so much Hilary.

    Thats the end of Llyn LLydaw. To the right of it you can see the very tip of Glaslyn which feeds the stream that runs into Llyn Llydaw.

    I was very lucky with the weather. Not only the sun but there was virtually no wind at all, which was a Godsend at that height.

    – Mark Durant

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 6 years ago


  • Larry Hartshorn
    Larry Hartshornabout 4 years ago

    fun! I understand that feeling of getting to the summit and there’s no way but down and it’s all a long way. Also a bit of wonderment about how I got up there. Great take Mark!

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