Crib Goch - Looking at the Pyg Track

Mark Durant

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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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.

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